How to become a watch or clock repairer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- specialist courses run by training organisations
There is a small number of university courses in England, covering this subject, for example:
- a degree in horology
- a foundation degree in historic craft practices - clocks
- a diploma in conservation studies - clocks
You'll usually need:
- at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You may be able to do a part-time course in clock or watch servicing, which could help you to get a trainee position with a watch and clock repair company.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could apply for a place on a Watchmaker Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
This apprenticeship takes around 2 years to complete.
To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could take training through the British Horological Institute. They offer short courses for beginners along with more advanced qualifications.
You can study for a professional qualification on the Watchmaker Training Programme at The British School of Watchmaking.
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers also has details about full-time and part-time training courses.