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.

While a confirmation letter confirms your registration, it does NOT guarantee that the class will be held. We reserve the right to cancel a class if there are less than six (6) participants signed up thirty (30) days prior to the first day of class, so we encourage you to wait before making travel or hotel arrangements until this deadline has passed. If in doubt, please call 866-367-2924, ext. 301. Should a class be cancelled due to lack of participation you have three options: 1) You may transfer to the same class at a different time, 2) You may transfer to another class, or 3) You may request a refund.



Bring Your Lab Coats!

Here it is!!! The schedule for 2015, ready for you to plan and schedule your classes. Call and save your seat. Advanced 21 Classes are for CW21s and CMW21s.

January 26-30 

Case and Bracelet Refinishing

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.

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1250 includes polishing kit


Modern Mechanical Chronograph – ETA 7750
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.

Instructor: Robert Flood, CW21 of Breitling, USA

Member Price $1000


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 Basic Watchmaking II. Before attending students should study Theory of Horology and be familiar with the basic nomenclature of watchmaking.

Instructor: Aaron Recksieck, CW21

Member Price $1000

March 23-27

Balance Staffing & Timing

This course will teach the student all the fundamentals of balance staffing. 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 and adjusting the balance staff. Calibers used include ETA 6497 and ETA 2824.

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1000


The Art of Watch Adjusting: Escapement, Timing,
and Oscillator Work

(The art of watch adjusting – making timekeepers keep time)
This intense 5-day course will help you refine your adjusting skills. The course covers all of the adjustments for the swiss lever escapement, hairspring and balance. Also covered is the ETAChron system.

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1000


* 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

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