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Become a CPAA Pearl Specialist

Posted by Kevin Canning on 9/8/2016 to News

On July 31st 2016, a small group of pearl experts, farmers, and collectors got together for an exclusive event, high up in the Hollywood hills.

It was a celebration of ALL things pearl.

Hollywood Hills Event Center

This is an annual event that is put on by Pearl Paradise and Pearl Guide, affectionately referred to as "The Annual Pearl Guide Ruckus". And while I co-founded Pearl-guide.com 13 years ago, this was my first year attending.

As a workaholic (and natural introvert) I generally avoid parties in favor of my cozy office and work bench.

So what was it that lured me up to the Hollywood hills?

I was there to help unveil an exciting project I’ve been working on with the CPAA (Cultured Pearl Association of America).



Around one year ago, I was asked by the CPAA to join their marketing committee.

The committee was formed to come up with a plan to increase awareness of pearls and help retailers get to know this often misunderstood gemstone.

Not only within America.... But also the world.

No small task!

The idea was to create a course that anybody could take and become a certified "CPAA Pearl Specialist".

Our target market is the retail jewelry industry. But to date, we’ve had 100's of designers, collectors, pearl farmers and average joes, all sign up to take the course.

This course is slick (all online), and jam packed with cutting edge information and content not published anywhere in the world.

Heck, I was so excited to be a part of the project, I got over my stage fright and got up there to help my friend Jeremy Shepherd (CPAA treasurer, Ruckus host & course mastermind) present the course to the group.

Kevin Canning Presenter

Hopefully, you can't tell, but I was damn nervous up there!

Kevin Canning

To the general public, this course cost $599.

And honestly, it’s worth every penny – there’s no course like it in the world.


Since you’ve got a friend (me) with some pull in the CPAA…

… You can take it for FREE!

All you need to do is click the link below and use the coupon code provided - no strings attached.

You’ll even receive a printed (frame-able) "Pearl Specialist Certificate" from the CPAA once you complete the course.

Think of this as a little gift from Pearls Of Joy.

Link: CPAA Pearl Specialist Course
Coupon: Pearls66ofJoy

Even if you don't care about the certificate, it's an awesome resource for learning about pearls before your next purchase.

My suggestion is to take 2 minutes to sign up now while the coupon is valid, and bookmark the course so you can come back later on.

Reader Comments

Date 10/21/2017
Debbyette ruiz
Date 10/21/2017
Debbyette ruiz
Date 11/2/2017
Excellent course! Thank you for making it available. What’s next?
Date 12/1/2017
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Date 4/21/2018
Carol D Hamit
Final Exam I started the final exam and it stop after question 5 and shut down and I had to start it again . So I hadn't taken the exam twice just once. I hadn't had my second choice to repeat the exam.
Date 5/3/2018
Pauline Laborde
Date 7/23/2018
Sangeeta Chawla
Pearls66 of Joy
Date 11/2/2018
Jonathan Greenstein
An awesome opportunity to learn about cultured pearls; this is much more than an overview of pearls, this course is one of the most amazing dives into the history, art, science and nuances of cultured pearls. Covering details only an expert would typically have after years in the industry, this course provides a unique and comprehensive program that features the history of cultured pearls from the earliest days, to and through the pearl industries difficult times, and brings us to today where we learn about sustainable farming, quality control, advancements, research and more. There is so much about pearls you thought you knew until you dive into this course. Consumers will benefit from knowing about grading and classification of pearls. Sales professionals will benefit from learning about the various specialties and will be able to guide customers through the pearl buying adventure. Navigation is seamless. The information is presented in clear and easy to follow format. Images and videos amplified individual lesson topics. The rich content is amazing. Module quizzes test your knowledge and ensure you are tracking. While the final exam is challenging, it is designed to assess learning and ensure graduates of this course are truly specialists and can speak from the knowledge they gained through this course. I am proud to have completed the course and endorse it wholeheartedly.

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