Once again, it’s a pleasure to see a very respectable number of successful candidates in this year’s BHI examinations. Very well done to all of them. It is most encouraging to see improvements year on year and 2019 is no exception. Generally, there was an overall improvement and for the first time in my role as Chief Examiner, a 100% mark was awarded.
One of our goals at the BHI is to ensure there is a stream of young, capable horologists entering the industry. The BHI standards are high, and I make no apology for that. Tutors, mentors and employers need to know the standards expected of exam candidates and must provide strong critical feedback to students or employees where it is required.
In the latest issue of the Horological Journal, I outlined some pearls of wisdom which I felt might be helpful, following my observations during the marking week. These included tips for getting the right amount of oil for lubrication, correct techniques for bushing and fitting a stem and crown, and making sure not to cause any damage to the dial, which is one of the main focal points for an owner. Practise is absolutely crucial. Sometimes it is the only thing that will enable a candidate to improve.
As Chief Examiner, I can’t over-emphasise how useful the Institute’s DLC is to candidates, together with the courses at Upton Hall. In addition, for the exercises in the DLC, the Institute can arrange tutors for feedback and guidance. At BHI Branch meetings, candidates may also be able to find a willing mentor.
Congratulations to successful candidates – very well done. Commiserations to those of you who were not successful, but it is only a matter of time and practice, and the elusive success will come. Finally, my absolute thanks to everyone who has contributed to the examination process this year – a sterling effort from everyone as usual.
Jeff O’Dowd FBHI, BSc, BHI Chief Examiner
A full version of this article appears in the October issue of the Horological Journal.