Qualification details

MEM31010 - Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 01/Dec/2005

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Units of competency

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MEM05001B - Perform manual soldering/desoldering - electrical/electronic componentsPerform manual soldering/desoldering - electrical/electronic components N/A
MEM06007B - Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealingPerform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing N/A
MEM07005C - Perform general machiningPerform general machining N/A
MEM09002B - Interpret technical drawingInterpret technical drawing N/A
MEM12002B - Perform electrical/electronic measurementPerform electrical/electronic measurement N/A
MEM12023A - Perform engineering measurementsPerform engineering measurements N/A
MEM12024A - Perform computationsPerform computations N/A
MEM14004A - Plan to undertake a routine taskPlan to undertake a routine task N/A
MEM14005A - Plan a complete activityPlan a complete activity N/A
MEM15002A - Apply quality systemsApply quality systems N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 323316 Watch And Clock Maker And Repairer 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4115-13 Watch And Clock Maker And Repairer 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0307 Mechanical And Industrial Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Jewellery 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Watch and Clock Service and Repair Tradesperson 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 323316 Watch And Clock Maker And Repairer 07/Oct/2011 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4115-13 Watch And Clock Maker And Repairer 07/Oct/2011 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0307 Mechanical And Industrial Engineering And Technology 07/Oct/2011 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 01/Dec/2005 
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Modification History

Not Applicable


This qualification has been specifically developed for apprentices in trades related to watch and clock servicing and repair and describes the skills and knowledge required to perform trade work in watch and clock service and repair. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through a combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

Job roles /employment outcome 

The Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair specifies the competencies required for employment as a watch and clock service and repair tradesperson, including the disassembly, assembly, installation, adjustment, replacement, modification, testing, fault-finding, and maintenance and service of watch and clock cases, mechanisms and other relevant components.

Employment outcomes directly associated with this qualification are found in a variety of watch and clock service related businesses, including retail stores, manufacturer service centres and specialist watch and clock service and repair businesses, including self employment.


This qualification is designed to reflect the industry recognised skills profile associated with trade work as a watch and clock service and repair tradesperson. Skills development would typically be undertaken through an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement where the integration of on and off-the-job training would be specified in the Training Plan associated with the Training Contract between the employer and apprentice.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

There is no qualification entry requirement. It is assumed that the learner is engaged as an apprentice under a Training Contract and is involved in appropriate structured on-the-job learning while undertaking this qualification.

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit for relevant units of competency achieved should be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed MEM10105 Certificate I in Engineering, MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering, MEM20205 Certificate II in Engineering - Production Technology or other qualifications relevant to watch and clock service and repair. Credit towards this qualification may also include units of competency contained within relevant pre-vocational and pre-apprenticeship programs and Statements of Attainment.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further training pathways from this qualification include MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering and MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade or other relevant qualifications.

Competitive Manufacturing qualifications are available for employees at this level who already possess trade and other technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification.

Licensing considerations 

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Pathways Information

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary


Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


  • Read, interpret, follow and communicate information on written job packets, specifications, standard operating procedures, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents
  • Produce sketches, illustrations and renderings
  • Check and clarify task-related information
  • Recognise and use common horological terminology


  • Work alone or as part of a team
  • Contribute to a group effort in order to plan and carry out work
  • Identify work roles, communicate and cooperate with others

Problem solving

  • Undertake numerical operations, geometry and calculations/ formulae (including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, percentages and proportions, simple ratios and averages)
  • Use appropriate measuring techniques
  • Inspect quality of own or other employee's work
  • Interpret service and repair requirements and translate into practical outcomes
  • Use diagnostic skills to identify and determine causes of problems
  • Diagnose precision micro-mechanisms

Initiative and enterprise

  • Apply the competency in new and different situations and contexts
  • Identify actual and foreseeable workplace hazards during course of work
  • Modify work plan to overcome unforeseen difficulties or developments that occur as work progresses
  • Economise material use and minimise waste
  • Participate in improvement procedures, including process, quality and internal/external customer/supplier relationships

Planning and organising

  • Plan, prioritise and sequence work operations
  • Select and use planning techniques and tools
  • Organise and analyse information relevant to work
  • Set up jobs prior to commencement of work, including selection of appropriate tools, equipment and materials and adjustment of equipment


  • Carry out work safely and in accordance with company policy and procedures, manufacturer recommendations and legislative requirements
  • Monitor performance of operation or quality of product or service to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Take responsibility for own work outcomes
  • Apply techniques, procedures, tools and equipment for compliance with site or manufacturers' specifications


  • Check and clarify task-related information with appropriate personnel or technical adviser
  • Identify customers' requirements with respect to the operation or quality of the product or service
  • Assess and modify own work practices
  • Use manuals, online help and other reference materials, such as catalogues/lists as required
  • Maintain current knowledge of applicable standards, legislation, codes of practice and product/process developments
  • Assist with on-the-job training and assessment


  • Select and use appropriate tools, equipment, materials and machines, including high tolerance/precision tools and equipment
  • Use high magnification optics
  • Use watch and clock service and repair techniques, tools, processes and procedures
  • Select and use appropriate measuring/testing devices
  • Navigate technology to access/input/store/retrieve/save and produce information/data using appropriate software applications

Packaging Rules

Packaging rules 

The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair are:

  • completion of all core units of competency listed below
  • completion of elective units to a total value of at least 73 points, chosen as described below:
  • watch and clock stream units from Group A to the value of at least 40 points; and
  • trade specialisation units from Group B to bring the total value to at least 73 points.

Units with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk. Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total (refer to units and prerequisites listing in Appendix 2, Volume 1).

Appropriate Group B elective units to the value of 16 points may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III.

Registered Training Organisations must seek a determination from Manufacturing Skills Australia in respect of the allocation of points values for units of competency drawn from other Training Packages or accredited courses.

Note that the elective units listed below include all of the units that are approved for selection from the MEM Training Package for use in this qualification. This meets the NQC requirement that one sixth of the total units must be able to be selected from other qualifications in the same Training Package.

Only select units that would be suitable for occupational outcomes in a watch and clock service and repair environment.

Core units of competency 

  • Select all of the units from this list.

Unit code 

Unit title 


Perform engineering measurements


Perform computations


Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment


Plan to undertake a routine task


Plan a complete activity


Apply quality systems


Apply quality procedures


Organise and communicate information


Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment


Interact with computing technology


Assist in the provision of on the job training


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective units of competency 

Group A  - Watch and Clock stream units 

  • Select units from this list to the value of at least 40 points.

Unit code 

Unit title 


Perform manual soldering/desoldering, electrical/electronic components



Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing



Perform general machining*



Interpret technical drawing



Perform electrical/electronic measurements



Use hand tools



Replace watch batteries, capacitors and bands



Perform watch movement exchange *



Perform watch case servicing, repair and refurbishment *



Clean watch and clock components



Diagnose faults in quartz watches *



Service quartz watches *



Service complex quartz watches *



Service mechanical watches *



Inspect, diagnose, adjust and repair mechanical watches *



Service watch power generating systems *



Service calendar and other dial indication mechanisms for watches *



Service and repair mechanical watch oscillating systems *



Service, test and adjust watch escapements *



Service mechanical chronograph watches *



Perform precision watch timing and adjustment *



Install and set up clocks



Service and repair clock timepieces



Service clock escapements and oscillating systems *



Service and repair clock striking mechanisms *



Service and repair clock chiming mechanism *



Restore clockwork mechanisms *



Manufacture watch and clock components*



Plan, set up and operate horological workshop or service centre



Analyse a simple electrical system circuit*


Group B  - specialisation units 

  • Select units from the Certificate III Trade Specialisation units listed in Appendix I, Volume 1 of this Training Package to bring the total value of units to at least 73 points, including any prerequisites.
  • Appropriate specialisation units to the value of 16 points may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III.

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