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Horology Schools Online

Horology, the study of the art and science of measuring time, is what you're concerned with if you're interested in learning about watch repair. While watch repair is a hands-on skill, there are opportunities for you to study the craft online or through home study programs. Read more about these training options, and find out how online or correspondence courses work. Get info about on-campus watch repair programs as well. Schools offering .

Can I Earn A Degree Through an Online Watch Repair School?

A degree in the trade of watch repair is not an option at online schools. However, you may be able to earn a Certificate of Completion in Watch Repair or Horology, a Diploma in Micro Mechanical Technology or an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Horology through on-campus programs at various schools. Online schools generally offer courses that can lead to a certificate, indicating that you've completed that course satisfactorily.

There are a number of online resources that can help you find a watch repair school that may be able to fill your needs. The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) features an online database of recommended brick-and-mortar schools, as well as schools and organizations that offer online or video instruction in watch repair.

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) also presents a list of recommended horology schools. These schools may offer watch repair courses either independently or in partnership with community colleges or technical schools. Courses taken at a community college or technical school may be eligible for academic credit and applied toward earning a degree.

How Do Schools Deliver Online Courses?

In order to take an online course, you'll need a computer with Internet capabilities. A high-speed connection such as DSL, cable or broadband is generally recommended. All schools will require you to have specialized tools for watch repair. Often you can purchase these tools through the school itself. Schools usually recommend certain tools for certain courses. Tools are also available through the NAWCC.

Many schools offer you entirely online courses. Lessons are located on the school's Web pages. Typically, you can access the programs at your convenience after registering and paying for the course. You may have access to forums and chat rooms that allow you to correspond with fellow students and instructors.

Usually, schools will offer a demonstration or sampling of their lessons to give you an idea of their programs. In some cases the lessons consist of text and pictures. In other cases, schools may present their lessons as online videos. The videos are accompanied by audio narration and sometimes augmented with text.

Some schools enforce a policy of limited access to classes. Typically, at these schools you have unlimited access to lessons once you enroll, but the school stipulates that access will continue only for a specified period of time, usually six months to a year.

Another common method of course delivery is at-home study. Technically not an online program, an at-home study program can involve the school sending you DVDs containing individual courses or entire programs. Depending on the program, materials may also include textbooks and tools. You'll be able to complete the course at your leisure, with no time limit imposed.

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