The Education The 3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program - Watchmaker's Course

The 3,000-Hour WOSTEP Program is the main course we offer. It was developed by WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program) and the Swiss watch industry with the backing of the Swiss Watch Industry Employers' Association.
The course entails 3,000 hours of theoretical and practical instruction, including the manufacturing of tools and watch parts and service and maintenance procedures for all types of watches.
The syllabus includes:

In the initial phase, students will learn to use basic watchmaking tools for shaping metals. Emphasis is placed on topics related to micro-technology, including the metric system of measurement, tracing, sawing, precision filing, tool-making and tool-sharpening. Students will undertake projects involving the watchmakers’ lathe, heat treatment and polishing processes. Demonstrations will be given, and students will have the opportunity to work on individual projects, making watch parts and hand tools with guidance from instructors. Students will also gain an insight into the concept and physics of time, and the evolution of time-measuring devices from a historical perspective.

Mechanical watches
There are two distinct phases which focus on the mechanical watch. Students will learn about the many different complications available in watches: various self-winding and calendar systems, phases of the moon, calibrations, and mechanical and quartz watches. They will acquire basic mechanical knowledge and learn how to dismantle and re-assemble a watch while improving their manual dexterity.

Advanced mechanical and electronic watches
In this section, students will acquire more detailed knowledge about various types of complications, chronographs and electronic watches and learn maintenance and casing procedures, including how to fit all components correctly.
Organization of after-sales service
Students will be prepared for the various opportunities available to the professional watchmaker. This part of the course concentrates on how an efficient customer service can be set up and how standard operating procedures can be implemented.
Preparation for the WOSTEP Certificate examination
The course concludes with intensive preparation for the WOSTEP Certificate examination.