List of Continuing Education Courses

These courses are designed to help professional watchmakers continually improve their skills and stay current on changes in recommended service techniques. There is a combination of refresher courses, advanced level courses, and courses designed to prepare individuals for the CW21 (Certified Watchmaker) Exam. Previous work on watches in a watch repair environment is recommended, e.g. self employed, factory service center, independent service center, store manager, etc.

Not sure which course to sign up for? Please fill out the Professional Experience Questionnaire and contact us so we can help you find the best course suited to your skill level, expertise, and interests.

Don’t see the course you want here? We are always trying to expand and improve our course offerings and we welcome suggestions. We may also have a course already developed which isn’t scheduled and we can try and accommodate you.

Looking for someone to come to your business, chapter, or guild to teach a course? We do that to. Please contact our education coordinator for more information.

“AWCI’s classes are great for watchmakers and clockmakers of any level!”

“AWCI’s classes are the best!”

“AWCI’s continuing education program is critical for the future of Horology. It is important and a must!” – Terry Irby

“I am very happy with the continuing education classes. I have taken 5 classes already and I would like to see some new topics introduced.”

“I am very pleased with AWCI’s continuing education program. The facility, tools, personnel, and trainers are all very professional.”

“AWCI’s continuing education classes introduce me to an opportunity to expand my knowledge (or lack thereof) in a controlled manner whereby I could select courses on an as needed basis.” –Peter Gonzales

2016

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The 2017 schedule is currently being developed. New and Exciting classes are in the works!! Check back often (soon) for the latest details

   
Mar 28 -Apr 1 

WATCH 220: Modern Mechanical Chronograph- ETA 7750 (5 CEUs)

This course focuses on the service and adjustment of modern mechanical chronographs like the ETA 7750 and is the perfect course for anyone preparing for the CW21 Exam. Students should have a solid understanding of basic service procedures as this course will focus on the chronograph mechanism itself.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Apr 4-8 

WATCH 210: Quartz & Quartz Chronograph Service Procedures & Diagnostics (5 CEUs)

The purpose of this course is to teach the student all the fundamentals of modern basic quartz watch repair and quartz chronographs that are most prevalent in today’s market. The student will learn how to perform the various important electronic tests, e.g., current consumption, coil resistance, lower working voltage, fault finding, etc.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Apr 11-15

WATCH 420: Vintage Chronographs

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

May 2-6 

WATCH 200: Modern Automatic Wristwatches (5 CEUs)

The purpose of this course is to teach the student all the fundamentals of modern mechanical automatic watch repair that are most prevalent in today’s market. The student will learn how to perform the various components, cleaning, assembling, adjustments, dialing and casing. 

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

May 16-20 

WATCH 240: Servicing the Swiss Lever Escapement

This intense 5-day course will help you refine your escapement adjusting skills. The course covers all of the adjustments for the swiss lever escapement.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

 Jun 13-17

WATCH 100: Introduction to Watch Repair

A survey course for the new or prospective watchmaker covering the basic skills and techniques used by the modern watchmaker. This class is perfect for anyone thinking about entering the profession of watchmaking or for the individual who just wants to gain a better appreciation for the art of watchmaking. Students who take this class will be prepared to advance to WATCH 101:Basic Watchmaking. Before attending students should study Theory of Horology and be familiar with the basic nomenclature of watchmaking.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,000

Jun 27 -Jul 1 

 WATCH 290: CW21 Preparation

This course is designed to help individuals who have taken courses at AWCI to identify areas in which improvement is still needed and provide them with individualized instruction to help them prepare for successful completion of the CW21 Exam.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,295

Jul 11-15 

WATCH 220: Modern Mechanical Chronograph- ETA 7750 (5 CEUs)

This course focuses on the service and adjustment of modern mechanical chronographs like the ETA 7750 and is the perfect course for anyone preparing for the CW21 Exam. Students should have a solid understanding of basic service procedures as this course will focus on the chronograph mechanism itself.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

 Jul 19-20

 Advanced Clock Repair

This two day course will demonstrate proper techniques involved in the restoration of clock movements.  Many of the practices will be taught with a “hands on” approach, some techniques will be demonstrated and others discussed with the aid of photos and drawings.

Louisville, KY — NAWCC National Convention

Instructor: Michael Gainey, CC21

Only $375

As many topics as possible will be covered as time allows.
 
Items to be covered include:

  • Replacement of lantern pinions by several methods
  • Mainsprings
    • Handling
    • Repairing
    • Measuring for replacement
  • Making replacement mainspring barrel catches
  • Polishing/burnishing pivots
  • Proper bushing installation
    • Bushing types – Bergeon vs. KWM
    • Reducing height
    • Cutting oil sinks
    • Discussion of wear/pitch circles
    • Methods for maintaining proper centering
  • Broaching and pivot hole finishing
  • Lever polishing and synchronizing
  • Re-pivoting
  • Wheel and Barrel teeth replacement

 Jul 19 – 21

 WATCH 102: Watchmaking Theory

Location: Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price: $595

Aug 1-5

Restoration & Construction Techniques

A valuable class for the watchmaker or clockmaker restoring high-end timepieces and for the watchmaker or clockmaker looking for that extra competitive edge.

This class focuses on some of the most important but also on some rarer hard to find techniques useful in the restoration of old watches and the construction of modern high end watches; it does not include the design of new movements but focuses primarily on the construction of so called “kits” that watchmakers in Switzerland commonly practice in the various small complication departments that have become more and more common in Swiss watchmaking houses.  

Constructing the movements refers to a more involved assembly process that includes a lot of adjustments beyond just making end shakes or adjusting the escapement. The entire process from disassembled watch (kit) to finished encased watch ready to be sold will be studied. Many of these various techniques can be applied in the restoration of watches and clocks but will also benefit any watchmaker looking to upgrade his skills and knowledge.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Henrik Korpela, K&H Watchmaking Competence Center

Member Price $1,095

Aug 8-12 

WATCH 190: 21st Century Watchmaking StandardsUnderstanding the fundamental expectations of manufacturers, consumers, and industry in modern watch repair. (5 CEUs)

This course will teach students the fundamentals of modern mechanical watch repair for models most prevalent on the market today. Topics covered will include cleanliness, lubrication, endshake adjustment and may include verification and analysis of escapement function. Prerequisites: Basic understanding of manual wind watch function, knowledge of watch terminology, and ownership of basic hand tools.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Aug 22-26 

WATCH 210: Quartz & Quartz Chronograph Service Procedures & Diagnostics (5 CEUs)

The purpose of this course is to teach the student all the fundamentals of modern basic quartz watch repair and quartz chronographs that are most prevalent in today’s market. The student will learn how to perform the various important electronic tests, e.g., current consumption, coil resistance, lower working voltage, fault finding, etc.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Sep 12-16 

WATCH 240: Servicing the Swiss Lever Escapement

This intense 5-day course will help you refine your escapement adjusting skills. The course covers all of the adjustments for the swiss lever escapement.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Sep 26-27

High-End Decoration & Refinishing

Mr. Korpela will travel from Switzerland where he is the instructor at the K&H Competence Center in LeLocle to attend the AWCI convention and give a two-day seminar on high-end horological decoration and finishing. The course, which takes place just ahead of the AWCI Annual Convention is limited to 12 students. Topics covered will include black polishing (specular polishing) screws, round polishing screws, and bluing steeled components. If time allows, additional topics may include applying straight grain finishes and sablage (a matte finish with characteristics similar to sandblasting).

Chicago, IL

Instructor: Henrik Korpela, K&H Watchmakign Competence Center in LeLocle Switzerland

Member Price $595

Sep 29-Oct1

AWCI Annual Convention – Chicago, IL

Oct 3-7 

WATCH 175: Case & Bracelet Refinishing (5 CEUs)

Today’s luxury watch consumer demands perfection. This course is perfect for the watchmaker or dedicated refinisher. It will help you achieve the different finishes on modern watch cases. Also covered is disassembly and assembly of common watch cases.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,350 includes polishing kit.

Oct 17-21

WATCH 230: Balance Staffing & Timing

This course will teach the student all the fundamentals of balance staff replacement. Topics covered will include the verification and analysis of the escapement function, poising (static & dynamic), truing and timing adjustment in a mechanical watch, cutting out a balance staff on a lathe as well as modern methods. Calibers used include ETA 6497 and ETA 2824.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Nov 14-18

WATCH 430: Hairspring Vibrating

This course teaches the classical art of vibrating hairsprings and helps watchmakers develop their skills in manipulating and correcting errors in hairsprings as well as forming new hairsprings from raw materials.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,295

 

* Seats may become available in the full classes; please call Cindy Whitehead at 866-FOR-AWCI (367-2924), ext. 303

  • Students are advised to place an identifying mark (e.g. initials) on all their tools prior to attending class to avoid mix-up.
  • All classes are to be held at the Marvin E. Whitney Training Center at AWCI in Harrison, Ohio unless otherwise indicated.
  • Please fill out the Professional Experience Questionnaire and fax or mail it to AWCI at the address below, prior to attending the course.
  • Click Here for Harrison, OH hotel information and directions from the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati International Airport to AWCI. If using a web-based hotel search service to find other hotels, use the location information found in the box below.
  • Full payment is due at the time of registration.

AWCI Academy of Watchmaking

AWCI
701 Enterprise Drive
Harrison, OH 45030-1696
Toll free: 866-367-2924 Ext. 301
Phone: 513-367-9800 Ext. 301
Fax: 513-367-1414