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.

2015

EDUCATION NEWS:

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.

Jul 13-17

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 $1095

Jul 20-24

The Art of Watch Adjusting; Escapement, Timing & Oscillator Work

(5 CEUs)

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.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1095

Aug 3-7

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 $1095

Sep 7-11 WATCH 301:Vintage Wristwatch Service Procedures (5 CEUs)

A new class from AWCI focusing on the unique service requirements for vintage watches. Pre-requisites: Completion of 21st Century Watchmaking Standards course, CW21, Wostep, or instructor approval.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1095

Sep 28-29

 High End Horological Decoration and Finishing (2 CEUs)

 

Mr. Korpela will travel from Switzerland where he is the instructor and the K&H Competence Center in LeLocle to attend the AWCI convention and give a 2-day seminar on high end horological decoration and finishing. The course, which takes place just ahead of the AWCI Annual Convention and Chronometer Club Seminar, 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 sand-blasting.)

Kansas City, MO

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

Member Price $595

 For a preview of topics covered you can read an article written by Mr. Korpela on the topic of black polishing that was featured on Watches by SJX.

http://www.watchesbysjx.com/2015/01/explained-fine-art-of-black-polishing.html

 Sep 29

WATCH 375:Separate Function Case Course for Rolex Watches

(1 CEU)

This course teaches the standard operating procedures (SOP) for disassembly, service, and re-assembly of Rolex watches featuring the separation of functions bezel including water resistance testing. You will gain hands-on training with the proper tools and with multiple case designs.

Kansas City, MO

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Prerequisites: CW21, WOSTEP, or instructor approval

Member Price $349 

Oct 1-3

AWCI Annual Convention and Educational Symposium 

(1 CEU)

From the Heart of America, AWCI celebrates the rebirth of the American watchmaking spirit. The convention includes a vendor fair where you can learn about all the latest tools and products and a full day of educational classes on watchmaking, clockmaking, and business topics.

Hotel Phillips, Kansas City, MO

Member Price $499

Classes include:

Clock Escapements, Clockmaker Roundtable, Workshop Practices, Essential Practices of Water Resistance Testing, and 3D Printing in Horology. Visit www.awci.com/symposium for more details and registration.

Oct 12-16

WATCH 301: Advanced 21-Rolex Caliber 2135 (5 CEUs)

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Prerequisites: CW21, WOSTEP, or instructor approval

Member Price $1,095

This 5 day course covers the Standard Operating Procedures for the Rolex caliber 2135

Nov 9-13

WATCH 301: Advanced 21-Rolex Caliber 2135 (5 CEUs)

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Prerequisites: CW21, WOSTEP, or instructor approval

Member Price $1,095

This 5 day course covers the Standard Operating Procedures for the Rolex caliber 2135

Nov 16-20

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.

2016 Calendar 

 Jan 20-22

WATCH 102: Watchmaking Theory

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price: $595

 Feb 1-5

WATCH 250:Essential Micromechanics-The Watchmaker’s Lathe

The purpose of this class is to teach students fundamental micromechanical skills involving the watchmaker’s lathe. This includes preparing and sharpening gravers, basic cutting geometry, turning cylinders in brass & steel, drilling on the lathe, parting off, measuring, and will include barrel bushing manufacturing.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

 Feb 15-29

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

Feb 22-26 

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

March 14-18  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.

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 18-22 

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 $1,395

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

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

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 7-11

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