Education

Knowing how to properly repair watches and clocks saves time, while generating additional traffic and profit for your business. It also enhances the brands you carry and promotes your reputation and integrity. Expertise through continuing education and certification is available through AWCI.

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute provides a series of continuing education courses for practicing watch repair professionals. Continuing education helps the professional remain up-to-date on repair techniques, products, tools and equipment. It’s also an excellent way to prepare for industry certification.

AWCI’s Academy of Watchmaking conducts a variety of courses in state-of-the-art classrooms located at the Harrison, Ohio USA facility. In addition to these courses, AWCI conducts off-site bench courses to bring continuing education to local watch service and repair professionals.

Off-Site Bench Courses can include: Precision Timing & Adjusting, Basic Quartz Watch Repair and Quality Control.
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In 2011 the watch classroom at the AWCI Academy of Watchmaking was equipped with the latest technology equipment to improve the quality of our instruction. This recent classroom upgrade makes every seat a good seat for viewing and comprehending a topic.
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Certification means a watch or clock repair professional has proven that he or she has the skills required to perform quality repairs on watches or clocks. It involves a stringent exam on the technical aspects of watchmaking or clockmaking. Certified professionals must also maintain their standing by taking a required schedule of continuing education courses. Clockmakers and watchmakers can currently earn these professional designations:

WATCHMAKERS:

CW21 – Certified Watchmaker of the 21st Century

CMW21 – Certified Master Watchmaker of the 21st Century

CLOCKMAKERS:

CC21 – Certified Clockmaker of the 21st Century

CMC21 – Certified Master Clockmaker of the 21st Century

AWCI is the only organization to provide industry-recognized certification for watchmakers.

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Students and members can take advantage of horological books and technical articles from The Henry B. Fried Resource Library located at the Harrison, Ohio facility. Here you’ll find rare horological texts, instructional DVD’s and archives of Horological Times magazine articles.

The Research and Education Council (REC) is the AWCI entity that promotes education within the horology industry. REC schools are traditionally based out of technical schools or colleges. They provide technical training and credit like other technical schools. An REC school specifically teaches watchmaking and clockmaking skills. The mutual goal of the REC and participating schools is to develop the highest degree of knowledge, technical expertise and professionalism in the horology industry.

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