National code: MEM31019

Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair

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Overview About this course

If you appreciate a beautiful watch and want to learn the art of horology, open the door on a timeless career. From vintage Swiss watches and pocket watches to the mechanics of antique clocks, there is something for everyone in this course.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Service and repair watch and clock mechanisms

  • Service, test and adjust watch escapements

  • Diagnose faults in quartz watches

  • Replace watch batteries

  • Service, test and adjust mechanical chronograph watches

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Techniques to dismantle precision instruments

  • Confidence in peforming diagnostic and repair work on timepieces

  • Experience in testing and finding faults

  • The skills to maintain and service mechanisms, case covers and other relevant components

  • Be comfortable with estimating repair costs and gathering information for timepiece problems and service history

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • ​To take this course as an apprenticeship you need to be employed as an apprentice in the industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer and

  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An enjoyment of technical work

  • The ability to work well with your hands

  • Strong customer service skills

  • Patience for fine, continuous work

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer

Watch and Clock Makers and Repairers make, repair, clean and adjust watches and clocks.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    83%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    200 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    51 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $930

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    43 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Medium

  • Gender share

    11% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Watch repairer, Clock repairer, Watch and clockmaker, Watchmaker service technician (watch brand service centres), Sole trader watchmaker and Sole trader clockmaker

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 96 Weighting points, including 33 core and 63 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Assist in the provision of on-the-job training MEM17003

  • Plan work activities MEM14006

  • Interpret technical drawing MEM09002

  • Undertake manual handling MEM11011

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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