Examinations 2020

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EXAM ENTRY PERIOD: Monday 11 November 2019–Friday 17 January 2020

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.

Please note that to be able to participate in BHI Examinations BHI Associate Membership is a mandatory requirement. If you are not a DLC student please see the notes at the bottom of this page.

If you’re entering exams in 2020 the BHI is here to support you with advice and opportunities for training with our short courses. Successfully gaining units and reaching Diploma level can lead to your dream job in the industry or be a rewarding achievement on its own. This year we had students passing with 100% marks and their advice is ‘practise, practise, practise’. Best of luck from everyone at the BHI for your exams in 2020!

The following exams will take place Week commencing 11 May 2020:

  • Unit D1: Theory:
    Wednesday 13 May, 14:00 – 16:30
  • Unit D3: Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Single Train Clock:
    Thursday 14 May, 09:00 – 18:00 or Friday 15 May, 09:00 – 18:00
  • Unit D4: Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Quartz Watch:
    Tuesday 12 May, 09:00 – 16:00 or Thursday 14 May, 09:00 – 16:00
  • Unit D6: Drawing Clock/Watch Escapements:Wednesday 13 May, 10:00 – 13:00/Coursework
    Tuesday 7 April to Monday 11 May,13:00
  • Unit D8: The Recoil Escapement, Design and Construction:
    Monday 11 May, 09:00 – 18:00
  • Unit D9: Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Striking Clock Movement:
    Thursday 14 May, 09:00 – 18:00 and Friday 15 May, 09:00 – 18:00
  • Unit D11: Theory of Complex Clocks & their Repair, Restoration and Conservation:
    Wednesday 13 May, 14:00 – 16:30
  • Unit D15: Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Manual Winding Watch Movement:
    Friday 15 May, 09:00 – 17:00
  • Unit D16: Servicing and Correcting Faults in an Automatic Watch:
    Thursday 14 May, 09:00 – 18:00
  • Unit D18: Theory of Complex Watches & their Repair, Restoration & Conservation:
    Wednesday 15 May, 14:00 – 16:30
  • Unit D20: Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Chronograph Movement:
    Monday 11 May, 09:00 – 18:00 and Tuesday 14 May, 09:00 – 18:00

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

  • Unit D2: From Wednesday 27 May, 09:00 to Thursday 11 June, 13:00
  • Unit D5: From Wednesday 20 May, 09:00 to Thursday 11 June, 13:00
  • Unit D12: From Wednesday 20 May, 09:00 to Thursday 11 June, 13:00
  • Record of Repair, Portfolios entry deadline for 2020 – Tuesday 30 June


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.


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.

Application forms

Application Forms for 2020 can be downloaded on this page. For questions about the examinations, please contact Maxine Bell +44(0)1636 817604 or email maxine@bhi.co.uk.

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.

Help preparing for exams

The BHI Distance Learning Courses help prepare you for these exams. You will also 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.


Registered holders who have purchased individual copies of the DLC relevant to the exams they are sitting or have previously entered exams up to and including 2019, the price per unit will be £180.00 per module, plus refundable deposits for relevant servicing units.

As of 2020 examinations – BHI members who do not meet the above criteria, and have not purchased their individual copy of DLC relevant to the exams they have entered from the BHI – £490.00 per module.

Of course, if you have purchased a DLC and it is registered in your name, then this will not affect you. The cost of each module will remain at £180.00 (for the May 2020 exams).

Why have we made these changes?
The DLC is a highly technical document as those who have made purchases over the years will know, it is a substantial personal investment. So you would be very frustrated if you have paid the current rate of £599.00 for your copy of the Technician Grade, (or £425.00 for Intermediate & Final Grade), only to find out another student has entered BHI exams having perhaps purchased a DLC second hand or indeed received a photocopied version, or maybe sharing. So, this is our way of protecting our DLC students, who have invested in their own future.

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Examinations 2020

To enter the examinations please read carefully the Examinations Guide and complete the entry forms below.

If you have any questions please talk to Maxine, who will be happy to help:

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

Email Maxine

Examinations Guide

Download the Examinations Guide

Examinations Results Booklet 2019

Download the Examinations Results Booklet 2019