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 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 & 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
Farriery direct dial: 01432 870064
City & Guilds Certificate in Forge Work level 2 - Tutor - Ruth Parkes
We still run our 12 week course from September to December - for those people who want some recognised forge experience/qualification before starting their farriery apprenticeship. The full-time course is designed for candidates who have the entry requirements for an apprenticeship and, on successful completion, require an Approved Training Farrier. External candidates can be accepted for the exam only.
Blacksmithing - Level 2 Technical Diploma – 12 months full-time
Designed for those people who wish to gain a broader level 2 blacksmith qualification, with a view to progressing within the blacksmith Industry or diversifying to a farriery apprenticeship.
Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery Standard Level 3 in Farriery and the End Point Assessment with 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 the University of Liverpool Veterinary School. This two-year Diploma 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 during the academic year.
Train the Training Farrier Award - Approved by the Farriers Registration Council.
This course is available to any Farrier with the HE Dip Farriery, BSc (Hons) Farriery or AWCF wishing to become an ATF. The course is delivered over two days of College attendance to complete the theory, practical teaching and shoe making.
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 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 Angus Wiseman BSc (Hons) AWCF
Senior Tutor BSC (Hons) Jon Mather BSc(Hons) AWCF
Head of School Vet Nursing and Farriery Science Claire Bloor MA Ed BSc(Hons) VN RVN PGCE QTLS Cert(dent)
Address: Myerscough College, St. Michael's Road, Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0RY
Telephone: 01995 642222 Ext 2057 / 2356 / 2232 / 2339
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
College website: www.warwickshire.ac.uk