AIC Level Two Syllabus

Testing hours:

  • 19.5 hrs testing time at JSI test site (3 days at 8 hrs per day, including lunch and break times -  6.5 hrs actual testing per day), OR 3 months time limit for proctored test of 19.5 hrs testing time.

  • 1 project and a written exam. 

  • 100 points possible - 70 must be correct to pass, time over penalty = 5 points per 30 minutes. 

Day 1:

Written exam:

  • 1 hr - 40 questions (30 points in total) 

 

Project 1) Oval prong pendant setting - wire: 5.5 hrs (soldered) - 25 points

 

Materials: 

  • 1.3mm (16ga) round wire x 304.8mm (1’) (wire work)

  • 0.8mm (20ga) round wire x 304.8mm (1’) (scroll work)

  • 12 x 20 oval faceted Cubic Zirconia 

  • Hard / Medium-Hard / Easy Argentium solder (fabrication)

 

Fabrication - bale:

  • No tool marks on bale 

  • Bale is symmetrical 

  • Bale size is proportionate to pendant 

 

Soldering - bale to pendant:

  • Solder is not excessive 

  • Solder is complete 

  • Bale is centered 

  • Bale is not crooked 

 

Fabrication - basket: 

  • Upper gallery wire is slightly smaller than size of stone 

  • Upper gallery oval is slightly larger than bottom oval gallery wire 

  • Upper gallery is properly oval in shape 

  • Lower gallery is properly oval in shape 

  • Gallery wires are parallel and evenly spaced 

  • Prongs are at a 70 degree angle (5 degrees variance allowed) 

  • Prongs are evenly spaced 

  • No excess solder on prongs at junction of gallery wires 

  • No visible tool marks on prongs 

 

Setting: 

  • Stone is level 

  • Stone is straight (not crooked) 

  • Seats for stone are cut properly with no excess light showing under stone 

  • Prongs contact stone on crown pavilion 

  • Prongs contact on crown pavilion is no less than 30% and no more than 50% 

  • Stone is not chipped or damaged in setting 

 

Polishing and finishing: 

  • Finish is high polish

  • No visible tool marks on wires 

  • No visible polishing compounds, fingerprints or watermarks

Day 2:

Fabrication - locket:

  • No pits in solder seams

  • Solder is not excessive  

  • Locket is round 

  • Locket snaps closed 

  • No visible tool marks on locket 

  • No pits in seams of picture bezels 

  • Insert picture bezels are round and centered 

  • Insert picture bezels are tight fit and do not fall out 

  • No visible tool marks on insert picture bezels 

  • Locket hangs level 

 

Polishing and finishing:

  • Finish is high luster, matt or high polish Finish is high luster, matt or high polish 

  • No visible tool marks 

  • No visible polishing compounds, fingerprints or watermarks 

Day 3:

Fabrication - box: 

  • Box has square 90 degree corners 

  • Box is made to size specification: 10mm x 10mm (1mm allowance) 

  • Sides are flat 

  • Sides are parallel and evenly spaced 

  • Hole has even and parallel opening 

  • Hole is proper size for tongue 

  • No visible excess solder 

 

Fabrication - tongue:

  • Tongue is properly shaped to size specification: 8mm x 12mm (1mm allowance) 

  • Tongue makes a clicking sound when inserted 

  • Tongue does not wobble in opening 

  • Tongue releases properly and does not bind 

  • Tongue is shaped properly 

  • Tongue is hardened (a hardened tongue will click better) 

 

Polishing and finishing:

  • Finish is high luster or mattFinish is high luster or matt 

  • No visible tool marks on tongue 

  • No visible tool marks on box 

  • No visible polishing compounds, fingerprints or watermarks

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