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DLC Technician Grade

FAQ

What 
is 
it?
/ 
What
 does 
it
 cover?

  • It is one of the most comprehensive horological technician grade home study course available in the world
  • For the beginner, you will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding required to become a competent technician
  • It contains a series of 12 self-contained lessons covering clock and watch servicing, practical workshop skills as well as the theory, history, art and science of timekeeping
  • Each lesson concludes with a practical exercise and test questions
  • For the novice horologist the course is user-friendly. It provides a step-by-step guide and is extensively illustrated throughout
  • The concluding chapters include sample accredited examination papers, practical exercises and a comprehensive accredited Examination Syllabus
  • The content of this course is based on the syllabus for the EAL/BHI accredited exams for the Diploma 
in
 Clock 
and
 Watch
 Servicing 
(Level
 3) 
and counts towards higher level qualifications. Vocational Related Qualification (VRQ) Level 3 is equivalent to A-level

Can
 I
 see 
a 
sample
 of 
the
 course 
before 
buying?

  • You can download the introduction and Lesson 1 of the BHI Technician Course on the BHI website for free. This will provide you with further information about the course and advice about setting up a workshop area, tools and equipment, and a glossary of horological terms

Who 
is 
it
 for / What 
are 
the 
prerequisites 
for
 the
 course?

  • The course is designed to be accessible by all levels. It will help you progress from complete novice to aspiring professional
  • No prior qualifications or experience is necessary
  • You will need an understanding of basic arithmetic and a certain amount of mechanical aptitude, but usually this can be achieved with practice
  • You need to join the BHI as an associate member and this membership is open to all. There are many benefits of joining the
  • BHI including receiving the monthly Horological
Journal and being able to enrol on short courses
  • There are no age restrictions to study the course. To take our accredited examinations you must by 16+

When 
can 
I
 start? 
How 
long 
will 
it 
take 
to 
complete?

  • You can start the course at any time, completing the lessons at your own pace. As a general guideline the course comprises of material to be completed in 420 guided study hours
  • On completion of the course you can apply to take accredited examinations and then progress to either the clock or watch pathway of the BHI 
Intermediate
 and 
Final 
Grade
 DLC

What 
support 
is 
available?

  • Tutor
 Feedback: You also have the option to buy tutor feedback at any time during your study. This allows you to email or post your answers to the end of lesson questions and your practical test pieces for marking and assessment by one of the Institute’s professional tutors
  • BHI
 Short
 Courses: Find out more here on the BHI website. For example if you intend following the watch pathway, we recommend you attend the ‘Service and Repair of Quartz Wathes’ five day course at Upton hall.
  • Local
 BHI
 Branches: Branches across the UK [and abroad] offer a calendar of events throughout the year including lectures, auctions, tours and a chance to meet like minded people and make contact with professional members
  • BHI
 Members
 Forum:
 As a member of the BHI you will gain access to the Members Area of the BHI website which includes the Members Forum where you can discuss all topics relating to horology in a knowledgeable community of BHI members
  • Library
 and
 Collection: For further research to support your studies becoming a member will give you access to the unique clock and watch collection of the Museum of Timekeeping housed at the headquarters of the BHI as well as the world’s most comprehensive library of horological books and material

Do 
I
 get
 a
 qualification
 at 
the
 end?


The BHI
 Technician 
Grade prepares students to take the examination for the EAL/BHI nationally accredited Diploma 
in
 Clock
 and
 Watch
 Servicing 
(Level
3)

  • The BHI is an accredited examination centre
  • Some examination units contribute towards further qualifications. Further details of all the BHI examinations can be found by visiting the Examinations page of this website or by downloading the BHI Examinations Guide
  • EAL awards certificates to candidates when the qualification is completed. Interim certificates showing the units gained at each examination session are issued by the BHI
  • There are awards and prizes available for high achieving students in different categories that are presented at the BHI Annual Awards Day. These include the BHI Bronze Medal, BHI Branch prizes, memorial prizes and industry sponsored prizes. The BHI
  • Awards Day is one of the most important dates in our calendar and is a chance to showcase, reward and discuss the achievements of all our students. For new members it is a time to meet the next generation of horologists, spend the day in friendly discussion and enjoy a range of diverse horological seminars

Who 
is 
the
 awarding 
body
 for 
the 
qualifications?

  • Our awarding body EAL is the UK’s leading industry specialist awarding organisation. EAL is part of SEMTA – the Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance

Why 
should 
I work 
towards 
passing
 the
 examination
 and
 gaining
 a
 qualification? 
/
 Will
 I
 be
 able 
to
 get
 a
 job
 at
 the
 end
 of
 the
 course?

  • This formal qualification is recognised and in demand by employers in the horology servicing sector of the industry
  • For students looking to join a horological company this qualification is in demand for positions, for example as a watch service technician for the major brands of high quality movements
  • If you are training to become a self-employed horologist this course provides the skills needed
  • Exams provide a target for learning, enabling you to check your progress against recognised standards
  • It is a thorough grounding of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to progress to the BHI’s higher level courses and qualifications.

Can 
I
 study
 this
 outside
 the 
UK?

  • This is available to anyone, worldwide

What
 do 
I
 need?

  • A small workshop area with bench equipment and basic hand tools as listed in the Introduction. For the practical exercise a small materials kit is available from www.livesteammodels.co.uk

What
 do 
I 
get
 when 
I 
order 
the 
course?

  • You will be posted a set of 12 individually bound lessons, each containing approximately 80 pages, totally nearly 1000 pages of study material. You will also receive the full exam syllabus detailing the scope of topics covered in the course, and practice exam papers

How
 much
 does 
it
 cost?

  • The BHI Technician course costs £599
  • Postage and Packaging: If your address is in the UK we charge £12, if it is in Europe £40, Rest of World £100

Joining 
the 
BHI

  • The BHI offers training exclusively to its members, and joining is a pre-requisite of purchasing this course and for taking the BHI/EAL accredited examinations
  • The cost of joining the BHI is £120 per year (UK) or £145 (Overseas). You can join the BHI at the same time as purchasing this course by clicking on the ‘Order the BHI Technician Grade DLC’ link below. There are many benefits to joining the BHI

Advisory
 Notes / Other
 information

Further information can be found in the BHI Examinations Guide or by contacting the BHI on 01636 817604, 
email: maxine@bhi.co.uk

 

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