Switzerland: how to train in watchmaking

"What's the best way to train for a career in watchmaking?"

Inventory of watchmaking training in Switzerland, 2015

Whether you're just starting out, want to retrain in a new area, or take your skills to a higher level, this handbook sets out the various study opportunities in Switzerland.

Prior to visiting Switzerland's six watchmaking schools, the Wostep school in Neuchâtel, and the school of applied arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie drew up a complete inventory of the courses in Switzerland that teach the techniques of watchmaking.


Chapter 1: A brief history
How did training in watchmaking develop in Switzerland? Has it always reflected production?

Chapter 2: Training today
Choose the course best suited to your background and experience.

Chapter 3: Initial vocational training
After compulsory education, students train in watchmaking in the workplace and at specialised schools.

Chapter 4: Métiers d’art
Some métiers d’art are taught in schools, such as gem-setting and engraving. Other skills, such as enamelling, engine-turning and paillonnage, are acquired through company training or alongside qualified craftsmen.

Chapter 5: Advanced vocational training
How to continue training in watchmaking after initial studies, from a federal professional diploma to a university of applied science.