Press Release from The Worshipful Company of Farriers

The Worshipful Company of Farriers – Press Release

Apprentice farriers’ examinations

The Farriers Registration Council (FRC) recently withdrew their approval for the Worshipful Company of Farriers (WCF) to run the Farriery Examination End Point Assessment (EPA) for the Level 3 Farrier (STO172), Apprenticeship Standard, which every apprentice takes to become a registered farrier. As stated on the Council’s notice published on 5th October 2023, the regulators withdrawal also affects potential Approved Training Farriers (ATF’s) being able to access the AWCF examination to becoming an ATF.

The WCF views this very seriously and has already taken steps to address the FRC concerns.

The latest set of exams have been delayed until early January 2024. These will be run by VetSkill Ltd with the full support of the WCF who have supplied both qualified WCF examiners and questions from our Examinations Board. We wish all the candidates well.

The WCF intend to grant the post-nominal Dip WCF to successful candidates who will undertake their EPA exams being delivered by VetSkill in January 2024.

Once the WCF has addressed all the FRC concerns, the Worshipful Company of Farriers will be reapplying for approval in the first part of 2024. We wish to thank all registered farriers in the UK for their overwhelming support in our quest to continue running farriery examinations in the UK.

The Worshipful Company of Farriers examinations are the most respected in the world. Due to the high esteem in which our exams are held, teams of examiners are regularly sent to countries including the USA, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, South Africa and Northern Ireland.

Founded in 1356 the WCF has always been an animal welfare organisation, when we were first tasked to raise the standards of farriery within the City of London. Today the Farriers (Registration) Act still recognizes the role which the WCF has in maintaining farriery standards in the UK.