How to become a watch or clock repairer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist courses run by private training organisations
The following courses are available at a very small number of universities in England:
- a degree in horology
- a foundation degree in historic craft practices - clocks
You can also study for a postgraduate qualification in clock conservation.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You could start by doing a part-time course in watch and clock repair at a local college. After completing a basic repair course, you could move on to more in-depth training like:
- Level 3 Diploma in Clock or Watch Servicing
- Level 4 Diploma in the Servicing and Repair of Clocks and Watches
- Level 5 Diploma In the Repair, Restoration and Conservation of Clocks and Watches
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:
- clock maker advanced apprenticeship
- watchmaker advanced apprenticeship
These apprenticeships are recognised by the British Watch and Clockmakers Guild.
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 try to find a trainee position with a watch or clock repair company.