Examinations 2020

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Gaining an Accredited Award

Gaining a BHI/EAL qualification will undoubtedly enhance your ability to gain employment as a clock or watchmaker.

We have been setting standards for British horologists for over 150 years and our exams are all accredited in the UK by the regulatory body, Ofqual. 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 – which is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for engineering skills for the future of the UK’s most advanced sectors.

There are 20 individual BHI exam units that, according to the various combinations in which they can be taken, will lead to one or more of the following awards:

  • Diploma in Clock and Watch Servicing (Level 3)
  • Diploma in the Servicing and Repair of Clocks/Watches (Level 4)
  • Diploma in the Repair, Restoration and Conservation of Clocks/Watches (Level 5)

For further information please download the Examinations Guide.

You can register for one or more of the diploma levels (3, 4 or 5, see above).

There is an element of progression in the levels, however, you are free to pursue as many as three levels at any given moment. You do not have to complete Level 3 before you start Level 4 and/or 5. For example, if you have the required knowledge and skills, you may omit Level 3 and start with Level 4.

You are not limited in the number of exam units you can enter in any one year.

There are five different types of units, depending on the manner in which they are assessed:

  • Written paper (including Technical Drawing);
  • Servicing test;
  • Making a practical test piece;
  • Completing a record of repairs; and
  • Assembling a portfolio of work.

Special needs

We make every effort to assist candidates with particular assessment requirements or special needs, please send required supportive information at the time of application.

Where and when

Written exams and servicing tests are held at two examination centres in the UK: Upton Hall Examination Centre and Epping Forest Horology Centre (according to demand).

The practical test piece exams do not take place at examination centres, they have to be delivered to Upton Hall at the time stated below:

Work on practical test pieces, records of repairs and individual portfolios can be carried out in any suitable workshop, but you have to arrange your own access to these workshop facilities.


If you live overseas, you can sit some, but not all units in your country of residence. The units you must sit in the UK are D9, D11, D16, D18 and D20. We have special procedures, for example on invigilation for the exams, and different prices for overseas exam candidates.


Material kits for the practical test pieces – D2, D5 and D12 – can be ordered from us at £15.00 per pack, please see application form for details.

For unit D5, we supply you with a jewel to work on, but you can also order extra jewels at £5.00 per jewel, please see application form for details.

The BHI Distance Learning Courses help prepare you for these exams. You will find more information in our Examinations Guide. For the higher exam units, you will need a copy of the Examinations Handbook, which is included in the Combined Intermediate/Final Grade.

Application forms

Application Forms for 2020 will be posted in due course. For questions about the examinations, please contact Maxine Bell +44(0)1636 817604 or email maxine@bhi.co.uk.

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Examinations 2020

Full details of the 2020 BHI Examinations will be posted in due course. If you have any questions please talk to Maxine, who will be happy to help:

Call +44 (0)1636 817604, or email:

Email Maxine