British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association

Support and mentoring to achieve AWCF

Farriers who complete BFBA’s AWCF course are more likely to pass the exam than those who don’t. That is a good enough reason to sign up, but other benefits include being part of a group who are ‘all in it together’ and can support and encourage each other along the way. And if those reasons aren’t enough to tempt you, Mark Watson FWCF has engaged the country’s top farriers to help him teach the course.
● Course starts on Sunday, May 21
● There are 10 modules in total – one module a month for 10 months.
● Top tips to help you learn and remember facts
● Hands-on at the anvil with a selection of the world’s best shoemakers
● Theory homework that is assessed and marked
● Advice on how to answer theory questions and tackle the theory paper
● We will take you through the whole of the exam stage by stage, explain what’s required and then put you in an exam situation
The AWCF exam includes a number of modules: a candidate’s exhibition of shoes, a live shoeing and shoemaking, a discussion of modern farriery, a written paper and a live horse shoeing and consideration of radiography. 

The skills required to pass the AWCF examination are wide-ranging, but they are what owners and vets would expect of a higher-level farrier. At the exam, the veterinary examiner wants to see if you have a sound understanding of different pathologies, anatomical knowledge and radiographs. The farriery examiners will be testing your static and dynamic assessment skills of the horse and also a higher level of knowledge on biomechanics and how foot preparation and shoeing affects these.

Farriers who achieve the AWCF rightly feel proud of their achievement; in the future, farriers who wish to train apprentices will need to be qualified to this level.