Watch Fitter AFP

Watch Fitter AFP
Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Length of training:
2 years
German, French
Federal vocational education and training certificate
Admission condition

Compulsory education completed

The watch fitter apprentice/student learns to assemble the different components of a high-end mechanical or electronic watch movement, to assemble the dial on the movement, and to fit the hands. He/she trains either in the workplace with additional studies at a vocational college, or as a full-time student at BBZ/CFP technical college in Biel/Bienne.

He or she also learns to adjust the sprung balance, a vital component in ensuring a watch's precision and part of the regulating of a mechanical movement.

Apprenticeship training is completed by theory which is taught either at the college or on inter-company courses.

Source: Convention patronale de l’Industrie horlogère suisse, Training Plan, January 29th 2015

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Berufsbildungszentrum - Centre de Formation Professionnelle Biel/Bienne (BBZ-CFP)


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Centre Interrégional de Formation des Montagnes neuchâteloises - École Technique Le Locle (CIFOM-ET)

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École Technique de la Vallée de Joux Le Sentier (ETVJ)

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ZeitZentrum Uhrmacherschule Grenchen


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Ecole d'horlogerie de Genève


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Centre Jurassien d’Enseignement et de Formation - Division Technique Porrentruy (CEJEF/DIVTEC)


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