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Education and Training

In Great Britain the approved route to becoming qualified is by undertaking an Advanced Apprenticeship. The Colleges listed on this page are approved to deliver it.

For full details on how to begin your training as a farrier please contact one of the Colleges or visit the Farrier Registration Council's website.

To become an Approved Training Farrier please read here.



Hereford & Ludlow College

All Farriery and Blacksmithing course are delivered at The Rural Craft Centre at the Holme Lacy Campus.

Farriery Courses

  • Farriery Access Level 2 Diploma
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery Level 3 (work based) and the Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers
  • Certificate in Forgework (This is a short course with the primary aim of giving students the practical blacksmithing element of the entry requirements for a Farriery Advanced Apprenticeship - this course run subject to demand and some forging experience is necessary.) 

Blacksmithing Courses

  • Blacksmithing & Metalworking Level 2 Diploma
  • Blacksmithing & Metalworking Level 3 Subsidiary/Extended Diploma
  • Artist Blacksmithing BA (Hons)
  • Design and Forgework Skills (Block Release advanced course for employed or self-employed blacksmiths)
  • Certificate in Forgework (Prime aim of giving students the practical blacksmithing element of the entry requirements for a Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery) 

Address: Herefordshire & Ludlow College, The Rural Craft Centre, Holme Lacy Campus, Hereford HR2 6LL
Telephone: 0800 032 1986
College website:www.hlcollege.ac.uk

Farriery direct dial: 01432 870064 

Email: farriery@hlcollege.ac.uk



Myerscough College


Myerscough CollegeCity & Guilds Certificate in Forge Work level 2 -  Tutor - Ruth Parkes

Our 12 week course is the final step for entry on to the Farriery Apprenticeship. The full time course is designed for candidates who have the entry requirements and on successful completion require an Approved Training Farrier. External candidates can be accepted for the exam only.

Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery Level 3 Diploma in Farriery and the Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (over 4 years)

Diploma HE in Farriery (2 years) on line and College based. Linked to University of Central Lancashire and Liverpool Veterinary University. This introduces scientific research and increases  the depth of knowledge for the role of the modern day Farrier. This is the next step up the academic ladder after completion of the Dip WCF. This is a recognised qualification to complete the Train the Training Farrier (TTFA) This award is offered free of charge to all Diploma HE Farriery students and will run over the summer between years 1 and 2.

Train the Training Farrier Award- Approved by the Farriers Registration Council and is the compulsory course for all current Approved Training Farriers (ATF) for completion by 2020. This course is also available to any Farrier with the HE Dip Farriery, BSc (Hons ) Farriery  or AWCF wishing to become an ATF. The course is delivered on line via e-mail over 60 hours including the half day College attendance to complete the practical teaching and shoe making. The delivery is time released to allow the student to prepare a portfolio of developmental teaching materials over a period of time.

BSc (Hons) Farriery (2 years) delivered on line and in College. The next step after the HE Diploma or AWCF ( requires  bridging modules) This degree has moved Farriery into closer workings with Veterinary research with Liverpool Veterinary University and has allowed Alumni to diversify into other branches of the  Farriery industry.

Senior Tutor Advanced Apprenticeship    Allan Worthington AFCL Cert ED TTFA Internal Verifier

Senior Tutor HE Diploma Jon Mather BSc (Hons) AWCF

TTFA Award Kathy Kissick MA Ed VN RVN Cert Ed

Senior Tutor BSC (Hons) - Dr Lorraine Allan MA Ed BVSc, MRCVS PGCE  Head of School Vet Nursing and Farriery Science

Address: Myerscough College, Myerscough Hall, St. Michael's Road, Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0RY
Telephone: 01995 642222 Ext 2057 / 2356 / 2232 / 2339

www.myerscough.co.uk    www.facebook.com/myerscoughfarriery



Warwickshire College Group


Farriery Access Course (1 year) - This course is designed for those who want to gain a Farriery Apprenticeship. You will develop forging, horse care and other skills needed to be useful to an Approved Training Farrier (ATF). This is a one-year, full-time course, where you spend four days a week at College. A block of three weeks industrial experience with an ATF is included.


Farriery Advanced Apprenticeship (4 years) - This is the route recognised by the Farriers Registration Council (FRC) to become a registered farrier in the UK. To become an apprentice it is first necessary to gain an employed position with an FRC Approved Training Farrier (ATF). The training programme includes 8 block attendances at College, two per year, to support training in the workplace.


Address: Warwickshire College Group, Moreton Morrell College, Moreton Morrell, Warwick, Warwickshire United Kingdom CV35 9BL

Telephone: 0300 456 0049

Email: info@warwickshire.ac.uk

College website: www.warwickshire.ac.uk