CNIOSW - Frequently Asked Questions

When does the next Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program) start and how long does it last?

The next upcoming Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program) at the China Institute of Swiss Watchmaking begins in January 2013, and ends in December 2014.

What is the deadline for application?

For the next upcoming Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program) at the China Institute of Swiss Watchmaking starting in January 2013, the deadline for application will be 31st, October, 2012.

How much does the Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program) cost?

The Certified Watchmaking Course is an internal training program provided by Richemont China; Accepted participants will be considered as Richemont employees whilst following the Course. There is NO course cost provided that participants successfully complete the service period at Richemont following graduation. However, if participants do not or can not complete the Richemont service period, they will be required to pay the agreed costs as set out in the individual agreements entered into by each participant.

What are the employment prospects during and after the Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program) ?

All students will be regarded as Richemont employees and will receive a basic monthly salary whilst following the Course. Richemont China will offer a job opportunity to those students who successfully graduate from the Certified Watchmaking Course.

How many places are available?

In order to provide a moderate student to teacher ratio (1:6), CNIOSW clases are limited to only 12 students per class. This ensures that each student benefits from sufficient learning resources and individual attention.

In what language are the courses provided?

Currently, all courses at the China Institute of Swiss Watchmaking are taught mainly in Mandarin, few exams will be in English. We will have a translator for course translation.

What level of fluency in English is required to follow the Certified Watchmaking Course?

Students at the China Institute of Swiss Watchmaking are expected to have basic written and conversational skills in English.

What level of education is required?

Students at the China Institute of Swiss Watchmaking are expected to have college above certificate.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit but prefer the candidate to have 2~3 years working experience.

Is previous professional experience such as an apprenticeship a required prerequisite for admission purposes?

The China Institute of Swiss Watchmaking aims to increase the number of young, professional, highly skilled watchmakers in the Chinese market.

All candidates are carefully and objectively screened for their ability to be successful in the program/Course in which they are enrolled and also for their ability to adapt to the culture of the working environment.

Thus, although in some instances previous experience may be a plus for a candidate, it is not a prerequisite for admission purpose.

What documentation is necessary for application?

The necessary documents include:

  • Chinese Identity Card
  • Properly completed application form
  • Personal Resumes (CV) which should include all basic personal information/educational background/working experience etc.


What is the selection procedure?

The selection procedure includes:

  • Verifying applicant’s qualifications by reviewing documentation and submissions.
  • Telephone interview by Human Ressources (HR)
  • Panel interview
  • Bench test (classroom exercises)
  • Orientation and final selection

Is Course attendance mandatory? What is the required daily attendance?

Attendance is mandatory for all classes – eligibility to sit for the WOSTEP intermediate and final examinations include a minimum number of classroom contact hours. Students who do not attend the minimumnumber of classroom contact hours will not graduate from CNIOSW Certified Watchmaking Course.

Does the CNIOSW provide lodging for students?

Lodging will be provided to the students who are not from Shanghai. This is part of the costs set out in the individual agreements entered into by each accepted student at the beginning of the Course.

What particular skills should applicants have?

Successful applicants must have:

  • Good eye sight
  • Passionate about watchmaking.
  • Ability to sit and concentrate for extended periods of time
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Steady hands to delicately manipulate small mechanisms, apparatus and components by using specialized instruments, hand tools, and equipments.

What is the main characteristic of the Certified Watchmaking Course (3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program) compared to others?

The faculty of the China Institute of Swiss Watchmaking endeavors to provide each student with both the personal and professional resources for a successful career in the watchmaking profession.

The classroom culture at the China Institute of Swiss Watchmaking is a student centered learning environment focused very strongly on strict adherence to the WOSTEP standards and ever striving to increase the technical and professional level of graduates in China.

Furthermore, integration of the CNIOSW into the Richemont Shanghai Customer Service center gives our students the unique possibility to gain real time/real-world working experience in a major authorized service center to learn diagnosis, disassembly, service, and quality control in our workshop under the supervision of faculty.

How can I reach the China Institute of Swiss Watchmaking?

You are always welcome to contact our admissions office. Details are as follows:

China Institute Of Swiss Watchmaking
Admission Office
Room 1708
17th floor 1325 Huai Hai Road Middle
Xuhui, Shanghai, China
Phone: +86 21 61612851
Fax: +86 21 61612800
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What is WOSTEP?

Please follow the link to WOSTEP’s web site for more information: