CNIOSW - Curriculum

The Course of China Institute of Swiss Watchmaking includes Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program) and Encasing Technician Course.

Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program)

CurriculumOur Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program) begins with eight months of micromechanics. This forms the groundwork upon which you will continue to build a lifetime of learning. Our students learn the basics of filing, sawing, drilling, heat-treating, turning and all other operations necessary to manufacture parts of a watch such as a winding stem and balance staff. Our fully equipped micromechanics lab gives our students the perfect environment to learn and apply advanced machining operations common to our industry. The focus of the micromechanics curricula is to develop enhanced hand, eye, and thinking skills of the ultimate watchmaking tool – the watchmaker!

The remainder of the Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program) is dedicated to mastering the intricacies of every basic component and system of modern Swiss mechanical and quartz watches. This program of study follows the path of service from the winding & setting to the motor organ through the gear train & escapement and finally to the oscillator. Complications such as automatic winding, calendars, and chronographs are studied after the basics are mastered. Theory and practical application gives our students the understanding and in-depth knowledge to service these miniature machines. Our goal is for you to become a watchmaker, this means you not only know what you are doing but understand why you are doing it.

Encasing Technician Course

Our Encasing Technician Course begins with 4 weeks of micromechanics. The focus of this rigorous period is to develop the skills to fit parts such as a stem and crown, repair bracelet and casing parts, and to maintain the important tools of an encasing technician such as screwdrivers and tweezers.
Following micromechanics, the plan of study prepares the student for a successful career in technical service on modern watches by developing skills in the basic watch encasing service operations of case and bracelet function diagnosis and repair, including exchange and testing of quartz and mechanical movements in a watch. Topics explored include; basic nomenclature, assembly and disassembly of watch cases, water resistance testing, fitting dials and hands on a watch movement, carrying out basic function testing of quartz watch movements, standard bracelet, strap adjustment and intervention.