Summary of occupation
Goldsmiths design and make gold jewellery, including jewellery with precious and semi-precious stones. This may involve cutting, filing, hammering, turning, spinning, bending and casting gold or other metals. They may use different methods to secure stones and engrave jewellery. They may also repair or remodel jewellery, and sell jewellery to the public. They may design and create pieces for commission, for a jeweller or mass production.
Makes and repairs jewellery such as rings, brooches, chains and bracelets, crafts objects out of precious metals, or cuts, shapes and polishes rough gemstones to produce fashion or industrial jewels.
A goldsmith would normally work 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday in air-conditioned rooms. Some goldsmiths work on Saturdays. Goldsmiths who are self-employed or create jewellery for commission may work longer hours.
On average, goldsmiths, classified under jewellers, can expect to earn between $800 and $999 per week ($41 600 and $51 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.
Goldsmiths need to be able to use tools, often very fine and specialised, for casting, bending, cutting and spinning gold and other metals. They may also need to use specialised lathes and tools for grinding and finishing gold jewellery..
To become a goldsmith you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The jewellery tradesperson apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.
You can also complete an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery Design, offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
Alternatively, you can complete a degree majoring in jewellery design.
Some universities in Western Australia offer relevant degrees. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.