Watchmaker CFC

Watchmaker CFC
Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Length of training:
4 years
German, French
Federal vocational education and training diploma
Admission condition

Compulsory education completed.
At certain schools, the holder of a federal VET diploma (CFC) in production watchmaking can enrol for the last two years of the watchmaker course (ETVJ, Zeitzentrum). Contact the schools for information.

Proposed as a combination of training in the workplace completed by studies at a vocational college, or as full-time study. The first-year watchmaker apprentice/student practices filing, tracing, piercing and turning on a lathe before working on a watch movement.

He or she learns the functions of a mechanical watch and a quartz watch. They develop skills in assembly, fine-adjusting the balance spring, casing, fitting the external parts and repairs.

The third and fourth years focus on laboratory work, production techniques and quality control, clockmaking and after-sales service.

Training at the workbench is completed by classroom studies covering watchmaking theory, mathematics, physics, materials science, electronics applied to watchmaking and technical drawing.

Students at the Lycée Technique in Biel (Bienne) or the Zeitzentrum in Grenchen (Granges) can, under certain conditions, prepare their maturité technique professionnelle at the same time (contact the schools for information).

Source: ETVJ Le Sentier ; Convention patronale de l’Industrie horlogère suisse, Training Plan, December 11th 2014

Associated crafts

Associated schools

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


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


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

Le Locle

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Ecole d'horlogerie de Genève


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

Le Sentier

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ZeitZentrum Uhrmacherschule Grenchen


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