About Jacques Fabian

Introducing Jacques

Jacques Fabian began his apprenticeship as a Silver and Goldsmith under John Hale of Adelaide, South Australia.

As an apprentice, Jacques worked on a number of commissions from 144 piece cutlery set for a prominent Adelaide family through to Cathedral works for the many churches in the city of Adelaide.

On completion of his apprenticeship Jacques went off the Sir John Cass School of Arts to refine his Diamond setting skills. From there he travelled Europe working in various places refining and developing his own style.

On his return to Australia, Jacques set up the first Trade based education facility of its kind in Cremorne, Sydney, Australia.

In 2007 Jacques launched his Traditional Hand Skills education program on DVD through Austrade called Silvercraft. The DVD series of 12 project came with the silver, gemstones and all the tools required to complete the projects. Sadly, they are all sold out. On the upside- Weekend workshops from STUDIO41 are proving to be extremely popular and positions fill quickly.

Jumping forward to 2017 and Jacques continues to provide mentor-ships and guidance to the industry utilising various forms of communication from skyping to webinars (to come later in 2017)

“Whilst technology has changed and affected the industry, I feel it is paramount to appreciate that good hand skills will never be obsolete. Understanding fabrication is more than a good design. So it is my ethos to communicate to those passionate about this craft the skills required to develop their passions and skills.” – Jacques Fabian

Jacques is now pro-actively pursing the International market to share his knowledge with.

Jacques also facilitates the Studio41 site devoted to supporting aspiring Jewellers.

If you would like information on his forums, when they will be on and in which countries please send him a direct email admin@ajmd.biz at www.ajmd.biz

Brochure on Courses we offer Here

Courses, Fees and Training Available

We have a variety of courses and training options on offer here at The Academy of Jewellery Manufacture and Design.

Choose from:

  • Certificate III Jewellery Manufacture Full Time Non-Indentured
  • Certificate III Traditional Silversmithing
  • Certificate III Jewellery Manufacture Apprenticeship
  • On The Job Training
  • 6 Week ‘Just the Basics’ course
  • RPL – Recognition to Prior Learning
  • Novice Courses (Do not require a USI)

For all of the above courses you will require a Government Unique Student Identification Number (USI).  Register for your USI here.

Contact us today!

Here is a Course Brochure for 2019

Jewellery Manufacture is an Ancient art that allow people to showcase their individuality

2019 Fees


Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture is 12 months Tuesday to Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm course and costs $18,500.00 it includes your basic tool kit, web page and course notes. Materials are extra.


Certificate III in Traditional Silversmithing is 12 months Tuesday to Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm course and costs $18,500.00 it includes your introductory materials, web page and course notes, perishables and tool levy. Other materials and tools are extra


6 Week ‘Just the Basics’ course in Jewellery Manufacture is Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am – 4.00pm and costs $3,000.00 it includes your materials, Perishable and tool levy.


On the Job training and Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture Apprenticeship is three years (although your apprenticeship is four years in duration) Monday’s only 9.30am – 4.00pm course and costs $6,000.00 it includes your course notes. Materials and travel time for assessors are extra.


Novice tuition is Wednesday to Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm One day per week for Five weeks cost of course is $750.00 it includes your Perishables and tool levy. Materials and some perishables are extra according to your design specifications.


Recognition to Prior learning is $3,500.00 and includes your timed exercise assessment, and the perishable and tool levy for the assessment. Materials are extra.


Certificate III Jewellery Manufacture Full Time

MEM30605 Jewellery Manufacture Full Time – On Campus

The Certificate III Jewellery Manufacture Full time course is delivered on a commercial basis so that the student will gain all the practical skills to either run their own business or be the best applicant for any employment opportunities.

Full-time course are delivered over 12 months and attendance is required 4 days per week from 8.30am – 4.30pm.

You will have two days with your lecture which is followed by two days in the studio for production.

The course fees include notes, tool levy, studio hire, web page, gallery exhibitions and the best Trade Certified education in the industry.

The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture (MEM30605) are:

  • completion of all core units of competency listed below, and
  • completion of Group A Jewellery Manufacture stream units from the list below to the value of at least 40 points, and
  • completion of units from Group B Certificate III Trade specialisation units listed in Appendix I, Volume 1 of the Training Package, to bring the total value to at least 73 points

However, please do not be daunted by the amount of points, we tailor all training to your learning style.

Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total (refer to units and prerequisites listing in Appendix 2, Volume 1).

Appropriate Group B elective units to the value of 16 points may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III. Note that the elective units listed below include all of the units that are approved for selection from the MEM Training Package for use in this qualification. This meets the NQC requirement that one sixth of the total units must be able to be selected from other qualifications in the same Training Package.

Registered Training Organisations must seek a determination from Manufacturing Skills Australia in respect of the allocation of points values for units of competency drawn from other Training Packages or accredited courses.

Only select units that would be suitable for Jewellery Manufacture occupational outcomes

Your Core units are as follows and they are mandatory:

MEM12023A

Perform engineering measurements

MEM12024A

Perform computations

MEM13014A

Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment

MEM14004A

Plan to undertake a routine task

MEM14005A

Plan a complete activity

MEM15002A

Apply quality systems

MEM15024A

Apply quality procedures

MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

MEM16007A

Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

MEM16008A

Interact with computing technology

MEM17003A

Assist in the provision of on the job training

MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Required Units

As members of the Jewellery Training Council the following units are Required Units and will begin your point count (72 points being the ultimate goal):

Unit code Unit descriptor Point count

MEM05006C

Perform brazing and/or silver soldering

2

MEM06007B

Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing

2

MEM08003C

Perform electroplating operations

6

MEM08010B

Manually finish/polish materials

6

MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

4

MEM13002B

Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace

3

MEM13003B

Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

2

MEM13004B

Work safely with molten metals/glass

2

MEM18001C

Use hand tools

2

MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

2

MEM18003C

Use tools for precision work

4

MEM19001B

Perform jewellery metal casting

6

MEM19002B

Prepare jewellery illustrations

4

MEM19005B

Produce three-dimensional precision items

8

MEM19012B

Produce jewellery wax model

4

MEM19013B

Produce jewellery metal masters

4

Group A Electives:

There is some double up with the Required units, so this simply means that you can choose less from this list if you’d like.

Select units from this list to the value of at least 40 points

MEM03001B

Perform manual production assembly

4

MEM03002B

Perform precision assembly

4

MEM03006B

Set assembly stations

2

MEM05006C

Perform brazing and/or silver soldering

2

MEM06007B

Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing

2

MEM07001B

Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment

2

MEM07005C

Perform general machining

8

MEM07024B

Operate and monitor machine/process

4

MEM07032B

Use workshop machines for basic operations

2

MEM07040A

Set multistage integrated processes

6

MEM08001B

Perform wire, jig and barrel load/unload work

4

MEM08002C

Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating

4

MEM08003C

Perform electroplating operations

6

MEM08010B

Manually finish/polish materials

6

MEM08011B

Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means

2

MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

4

MEM13002B

Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace

3

MEM13003B

Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

2

MEM13004B

Work safely with molten metals/glass

2

MEM15004B

Perform inspection

2

MEM18001C

Use hand tools

2

MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

2

MEM18003C

Use tools for precision work

4

MEM19001B

Perform jewellery metal casting

6

MEM19002B

Prepare jewellery illustrations

4

MEM19003B

Handle gem materials

2

MEM19004B

Handle and examine gemstone materials

6

MEM19005B

Produce three-dimensional precision items

8

MEM19006B

Replace watch batteries

1

MEM19007B

Perform gemstone setting

6

MEM19008B

Prepare jewellery designs

6

MEM19009B

Perform investment procedures for lost wax casting process

1

MEM19010B

Produce rubber moulds for lost wax casting process

2

MEM19011B

Perform wax injection of moulds for lost wax casting process

2

MEM19012B

Produce jewellery wax model

4

MEM19013B

Produce jewellery metal masters

4

MEM19014B

Perform hand engraving

4

MEM19015B

Perform jewellery enamelling

4

MEM19016B

Construct jewellery components

4

MEM19017B

Fabricate jewellery items

6

MEM19018B

Repair jewellery items

6

MEM19020B

Fault-find and maintain micro-mechanisms

4

MEM19021B

Diagnose and service micro-mechanisms

6

MEM19022B

Perform precision micro-mechanism diagnosis and servicing

6

Direct Enrolments here!

 

Apprenticeship and On The Job Training

MEM30605 Jewellery Manufacture  – On The Job

If you are not sure how to employ an apprentice, then simply follow our ‘Easy as 1, 2, 3’ Guide.

This program is generally for those who have apprentices. You have two options:

  • One day per week – the Classic Trade School system
  • On The Job – We come to you

What will On The Job Training Require:

  • First Initial workshop visit to ensure you have all the facilities required to deliver on the job training. If you don’t, well we are happy to see what we can do to facilitate this on your behalf.
  • Up to Four workshop visits per year for some on the job review
    • How is every one is settling in
    • As well as what the work requirements are for your workshop
    • Is there something specific you would like to see your apprentice learn.

We’re here to help!. These visits will involve some time with the employer, the supervisor if that person is different fro the employer and time with the apprentice.

  • Monthly Skype sessions with the apprentice to see how they are progressing. They can show and articulate what work they have been undertaking and ask questions on alternative manufacturing process if they want.
  • Log Book recording – primarily the responsibility of both the apprentice and the employer. This evidence is critical to your training certification as it is indisputable proof that the apprentice holds the skills that he, and therein, the employer is confident that they have.

If there are skills or trade training requirements that the workshop can not cover then training can be arranged at the Academy of Jewellery manufacture and Design Studio in Strathalbyn. The delivery of these courses cover units such as Making Mounts and Settings, Shank Making and Setting.

The on the Job training costs are subject to the cost of travel and accommodation cost of the assessor.

The One day per week option allows your apprentice to be trained in our facility. This will be delivered over 36 months (three year period) and be up to 40 weeks per year.

For more information please click here.

Apprentices hold a great opportunity for the Jewellery and Silversmithing Industries
Apprentices hold a great opportunity for the Jewellery and Silversmithing Industries

General Apprenticeship Program as follows.

The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture (MEM30605) are:

  • completion of all core units of competency listed below, and
  • completion of Group A Jewellery Manufacture stream units from the list below to the value of at least 40 points, and
  • completion of units from Group B Certificate III Trade specialisation units listed in Appendix I, Volume 1 of the Training Package, to bring the total value to at least 73 points

However, please do not be daunted by the amount of points, we tailor all training to your learning style.

Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total (refer to units and prerequisites listing in Appendix 2, Volume 1).

Appropriate Group B elective units to the value of 16 points may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III. Note that the elective units listed below include all of the units that are approved for selection from the MEM Training Package for use in this qualification. This meets the NQC requirement that one sixth of the total units must be able to be selected from other qualifications in the same Training Package.

Registered Training Organisations must seek a determination from Manufacturing Skills Australia in respect of the allocation of points values for units of competency drawn from other Training Packages or accredited courses.

Only select units that would be suitable for Jewellery Manufacture occupational outcomes

Your Core units are as follows and they are mandatory:

MEM12023A

Perform engineering measurements

MEM12024A

Perform computations

MEM13014A

Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment

MEM14004A

Plan to undertake a routine task

MEM14005A

Plan a complete activity

MEM15002A

Apply quality systems

MEM15024A

Apply quality procedures

MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

MEM16007A

Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

MEM16008A

Interact with computing technology

MEM17003A

Assist in the provision of on the job training

MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Required Units

As members of the Jewellery Training Council the following units are Required Units and will begin your point count (72 points being the ultimate goal):

Unit code Unit descriptor Point count

MEM05006C

Perform brazing and/or silver soldering

2

MEM06007B

Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing

2

MEM08003C

Perform electroplating operations

6

MEM08010B

Manually finish/polish materials

6

MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

4

MEM13002B

Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace

3

MEM13003B

Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

2

MEM13004B

Work safely with molten metals/glass

2

MEM18001C

Use hand tools

2

MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

2

MEM18003C

Use tools for precision work

4

MEM19001B

Perform jewellery metal casting

6

MEM19002B

Prepare jewellery illustrations

4

MEM19005B

Produce three-dimensional precision items

8

MEM19012B

Produce jewellery wax model

4

MEM19013B

Produce jewellery metal masters

4

Group A Electives:

There is some double up with the Required units, so this simply means that you can choose less from this list if you’d like.

Select units from this list to the value of at least 40 points

MEM03001B

Perform manual production assembly

4

MEM03002B

Perform precision assembly

4

MEM03006B

Set assembly stations

2

MEM05006C

Perform brazing and/or silver soldering

2

MEM06007B

Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing

2

MEM07001B

Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment

2

MEM07005C

Perform general machining

8

MEM07024B

Operate and monitor machine/process

4

MEM07032B

Use workshop machines for basic operations

2

MEM07040A

Set multistage integrated processes

6

MEM08001B

Perform wire, jig and barrel load/unload work

4

MEM08002C

Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating

4

MEM08003C

Perform electroplating operations

6

MEM08010B

Manually finish/polish materials

6

MEM08011B

Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means

2

MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

4

MEM13002B

Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace

3

MEM13003B

Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

2

MEM13004B

Work safely with molten metals/glass

2

MEM15004B

Perform inspection

2

MEM18001C

Use hand tools

2

MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

2

MEM18003C

Use tools for precision work

4

MEM19001B

Perform jewellery metal casting

6

MEM19002B

Prepare jewellery illustrations

4

MEM19003B

Handle gem materials

2

MEM19004B

Handle and examine gemstone materials

6

MEM19005B

Produce three-dimensional precision items

8

MEM19006B

Replace watch batteries

1

MEM19007B

Perform gemstone setting

6

MEM19008B

Prepare jewellery designs

6

MEM19009B

Perform investment procedures for lost wax casting process

1

MEM19010B

Produce rubber moulds for lost wax casting process

2

MEM19011B

Perform wax injection of moulds for lost wax casting process

2

MEM19012B

Produce jewellery wax model

4

MEM19013B

Produce jewellery metal masters

4

MEM19014B

Perform hand engraving

4

MEM19015B

Perform jewellery enamelling

4

MEM19016B

Construct jewellery components

4

MEM19017B

Fabricate jewellery items

6

MEM19018B

Repair jewellery items

6

MEM19020B

Fault-find and maintain micro-mechanisms

4

MEM19021B

Diagnose and service micro-mechanisms

6

MEM19022B

Perform precision micro-mechanism diagnosis and servicing

6

Direct Enrolments for Certificate III Jewellery Manufacture and Certificate IV Advanced Jewellery Manufacture here!

RPL – Recognition to Prior Learning

RPL – Recognition to Prior Learning

This process is for all those Crafts-peeps out there who have the skill, however, have not had the opportunity to have it recognised by their peers.

Recognition to Prior Learning takes and active look and review of your Manufacturing workmanship and applies the units within the Training Package to your work. Together we collate a Portfolio of your work.

If however there are any required units  or core units that may have been missed you will be directed to undertake specific course units to fill those gaps that may be there.

On completion of the requirements you will receive your trade papers. After receiving your trade papers you will be able to take on new adventures like… your very own apprentice!

The RPL process fee is $3,500.00 and includes your 8 hour timed exercise.

Down load the brochure Here

The RPL Portfolio looks a bit like this.

Recognition to Prior Learning draft for Mia Fabian

MEM30605 Jewellery Manufacture

The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture (MEM30605) are:

  • completion of all core units of competency listed below, and
  • completion of Group A Jewellery Manufacture stream units from the list below to the value of at least 40 points, and
  • completion of units from Group B Certificate III Trade specialisation units listed in Appendix I, Volume 1 of the Training Package, to bring the total value to at least 73 points

However, please do not be daunted by the amount of points, we tailor all training to your learning style.

Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total (refer to units and prerequisites listing in Appendix 2, Volume 1).

Appropriate Group B elective units to the value of 16 points may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III. Note that the elective units listed below include all of the units that are approved for selection from the MEM Training Package for use in this qualification. This meets the NQC requirement that one sixth of the total units must be able to be selected from other qualifications in the same Training Package.

Registered Training Organisations must seek a determination from Manufacturing Skills Australia in respect of the allocation of points values for units of competency drawn from other Training Packages or accredited courses.

Only select units that would be suitable for Jewellery Manufacture occupational outcomes

Your Core units are as follows and they are mandatory:

MEM12023A

Perform engineering measurements

MEM12024A

Perform computations

MEM13014A

Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment

MEM14004A

Plan to undertake a routine task

MEM14005A

Plan a complete activity

MEM15002A

Apply quality systems

MEM15024A

Apply quality procedures

MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

MEM16007A

Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

MEM16008A

Interact with computing technology

MEM17003A

Assist in the provision of on the job training

MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Required Units

As members of the Jewellery Training Council the following units are Required Units and will begin your point count (72 points being the ultimate goal):

Unit code Unit descriptor Point count

MEM05006C

Perform brazing and/or silver soldering

2

MEM06007B

Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing

2

MEM08003C

Perform electroplating operations

6

MEM08010B

Manually finish/polish materials

6

MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

4

MEM13002B

Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace

3

MEM13003B

Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

2

MEM13004B

Work safely with molten metals/glass

2

MEM18001C

Use hand tools

2

MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

2

MEM18003C

Use tools for precision work

4

MEM19001B

Perform jewellery metal casting

6

MEM19002B

Prepare jewellery illustrations

4

MEM19005B

Produce three-dimensional precision items

8

MEM19012B

Produce jewellery wax model

4

MEM19013B

Produce jewellery metal masters

4

Group A Electives:

There is some double up with the Required units, so this simply means that you can choose less from this list if you’d like.

Select units from this list to the value of at least 40 points

MEM03001B

Perform manual production assembly

4

MEM03002B

Perform precision assembly

4

MEM03006B

Set assembly stations

2

MEM05006C

Perform brazing and/or silver soldering

2

MEM06007B

Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing

2

MEM07001B

Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment

2

MEM07005C

Perform general machining

8

MEM07024B

Operate and monitor machine/process

4

MEM07032B

Use workshop machines for basic operations

2

MEM07040A

Set multistage integrated processes

6

MEM08001B

Perform wire, jig and barrel load/unload work

4

MEM08002C

Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating

4

MEM08003C

Perform electroplating operations

6

MEM08010B

Manually finish/polish materials

6

MEM08011B

Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means

2

MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

4

MEM13002B

Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace

3

MEM13003B

Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

2

MEM13004B

Work safely with molten metals/glass

2

MEM15004B

Perform inspection

2

MEM18001C

Use hand tools

2

MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

2

MEM18003C

Use tools for precision work

4

MEM19001B

Perform jewellery metal casting

6

MEM19002B

Prepare jewellery illustrations

4

MEM19003B

Handle gem materials

2

MEM19004B

Handle and examine gemstone materials

6

MEM19005B

Produce three-dimensional precision items

8

MEM19006B

Replace watch batteries

1

MEM19007B

Perform gemstone setting

6

MEM19008B

Prepare jewellery designs

6

MEM19009B

Perform investment procedures for lost wax casting process

1

MEM19010B

Produce rubber moulds for lost wax casting process

2

MEM19011B

Perform wax injection of moulds for lost wax casting process

2

MEM19012B

Produce jewellery wax model

4

MEM19013B

Produce jewellery metal masters

4

MEM19014B

Perform hand engraving

4

MEM19015B

Perform jewellery enamelling

4

MEM19016B

Construct jewellery components

4

MEM19017B

Fabricate jewellery items

6

MEM19018B

Repair jewellery items

6

MEM19020B

Fault-find and maintain micro-mechanisms

4

MEM19021B

Diagnose and service micro-mechanisms

6

MEM19022B

Perform precision micro-mechanism diagnosis and servicing

6