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

2017

EDUCATION NEWS:

Reserve your spot today!

Contact Rob McLeod at 866-FOR-AWCI (367-2924) ext.303 for more details.

   
Nov 14-18, 2016

WATCH 430: Hairspring Vibrating

Join Tom Schomaker as he breaks down the fundamentals of hairsprings.  In this course, you’ll learn the classical art of vibrating hairsprings, how to manipulate and correct errors, and ways to form new hairsprings from raw materials.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,295

 Jan. 9-10, 2017

WATCH 375: Separate Function Case Course for Rolex Watches (2 CEUs)

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

Red Lion Inn & Suites Tempe, AZ

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $595

Both classes Jan. 9-13, 2017 – $1,495

 Jan. 11-13, 2017

WATCH 175: Case & Bracelet Refinishing (3 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.

Red Lion Inn & Suites Tempe, AZ

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095 includes polishing kit.

Both classes Jan. 9-13, 2017 – $1,495

Feb. 1-3 

WATCH 102: Watchmaking Theory

Interested in knowing more about how watches work?  This introductory course examines the ins and outs of how watches work with a special focus on practical application, and developing strong troubleshooting skills through understanding the roles and interaction of various watch systems.

Location: Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price: $595

Feb. 6-10

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

Expand what you know to increase your profit!  Quartz watches can be one of the most profitable sectors of your business.  This course reviews quartz watch repair and quartz chronographs, including the various important electronic tests, giving you the skills you need to be faster and more consistent at servicing quartz watches.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Feb. 27 – March 3 

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

Evaluate your skillset in this course by exploring the fundamentals of modern mechanical watch repair including cleanliness, lubrication, endshake adjustment, and may include the verification and analysis of escapement function.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

March 6-10

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

Brush up on your chronograph skills before taking the CW21 Exam with this class on the modern mechanical chronograph.  It focuses on the service and adjustment of modern mechanical chronographs, such as the ETA 7750.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

March 27-31

WATCH 250: Basic Micromechanics: The Watchmaker’s Lathe (5 CEUs)

Expand your knowledge of micromechanics and learn the fundamentals of the watchmaker’s lathe including preparation of cutting tools; how to turn cylinders and tapers, how to drill, and how to cut out balance staffs.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

April 10-14 

WATCH 230: Balance Staffing & Timing

Build on what you know in this course by investigating the verification and analysis of the escapement function, poising (static and dynamic), truing, and timing adjustment in a mechanical watch, cutting out a balance staff on a lathe, adjusting the balance staff, and removing the balance staff from Glucydur balances with the Horia tool.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

May 8-12

WATCH 200: Modern Automatic Wristwatches

Become the go-to watchmaker for modern automatics in your area by learning the fundamentals of mechanical automatic watch repair that are most prevalent in today’s market.  In this class you’ll investigate how to perform the various components, cleaning, assembling, adjustments, dialing, and casing.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

May 15-19

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.

June 12-16

WATCH 240: Servicing the 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, hairspring, and balance.  Also covered is the ETAchron system.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Aug 14-18

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

Expand what you know to increase your profit!  Quartz watches can be one of the most profitable sectors of your business.  This course reviews quartz watch repair and quartz chronographs, including the various important electronic tests, giving you the skills you need to be faster and more consistent at servicing quartz watches.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Sept. 11-15

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

Brush up on your chronograph skills before taking the CW21 Exam with this class on the modern mechanical chronograph.  It focuses on the service and adjustment of modern mechanical chronographs, such as the ETA 7750.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Sept. 18-22

WATCH 230: Balance Staffing & Timing

Build on what you know in this course by investigating the verification and analysis of the escapement function, poising (static and dynamic), truing, and timing adjustment in a mechanical watch, cutting out a balance staff on a lathe, adjusting the balance staff, and removing the balance staff from Glucydur balances with the Horia tool.

Harrison, OH

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Member Price $1,095

Oct. 9-13

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.

   

 

* Seats may become available in the full classes; please call Rob McLeod 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.
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  • 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