The Benefits of Certification as a Professional:
- Time is Money! – You’ll see improved productivity and profitability.
- Distinguishes you from the competition.
- Gives your customers confidence in your service.
- Enhances the brands you carry and promotes both your reputation and integrity.
On What Subjects Are Watchmakers Examined?
Our CW21 exam is now modular. This means you will have options on which components you choose to be certified in, order in which you take them, as well as how many components you take on each exam date.
There are 3 core components and 2 elective components required for CW21 certified.
Everyone will take 3 core components including:
- A written exam covering a variety of theoretical subjects.
- An automatic chronograph component consisting of a complete service on an automatic chronograph watch.
- A precision timing component consisting of a complete service on an automatic movement.
In addition to the 3 core components you will choose at least 2 elective components for CW21:
- A quartz elective component consisting of a complete service on a quartz watch.
- A balance staffing elective component consisting of restaffing a manual wind watch.
- A case and bracelet refinishing component where a candidate will refinish a watch case and bracelet.
- A water resistance elective component consisting of a watch case to troubleshoot, repair and then make water resistant.
- A micromechanics elective component where a candidate will manufacture a tool/part using precision measuring, a lathe, and watchmaking hand tools.
During the course of the examination, the candidate is required to operate a variety of industry-standard equipment to demonstrate the quality of the work they have completed. Candidates are assessed for their quality of work and their meticulous detail.
You are able to take as many electives as you wish to show proficiency in; however, only two are required for CW21.
AWCI is the only organization to provide industry-recognized certification for watchmakers.