Watchmaker Certification - CW21

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?

The 3-day Certification examination includes:

  1. Taking a written exam covering a variety of theoretical subjects
  2. Candidates must demonstrate their micromechanical abilities by using a lathe
  3. Performing complete service on a quartz watch
  4. Performing a complete service on an automatic chronograph watch

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.

AWCI is the only organization to provide industry-recognized certification for watchmakers.

Before you certify

We suggest you follow these steps:

  1. Review the tool list for certification. You will need to bring these tools with you to the examination.
  2. If you have not participated in formal watchmaker training in the last 10 years we highly recommend you attend our 21st Century Standards class.
  3. It is strongly recommended that you read, study and work to comprehend the detailed contents of the AWCI Standards and Practices (S&P). There is also a practice written exam and a bibliography to help you prepare. Remember, you need to show the highest skill level. Neatness also counts, as well as accuracy and speed.
  4. Review the CW21 Technical Guides
  5. Check out the study guide, watchmaking excellence articles, and preparation videos.
  6. To register for certification, please review the exam schedule. Please sign up early. We reserve the right to cancel a class if there are less than 6 (six) participants so we encourage you to check with us before you make your travel arrangements. Please contact Jason Champion, Education Director, at to confirm final scheduling and to receive the application documents.