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Level 3 Farriery Apprenticeship

About the course

Candidates for this Level 3 Farriery Apprenticeship Standard must be at least 16 years of age however there is no upper age limit.

Candidates must serve a period of Apprenticeship of four years whilst employed by an Approved Training Farrier (ATF).

An ATF is a person who is a Registered Farrier and fulfils the criteria laid down by the Farriers Registration Council (FRC), who oversee the training of Farriery Apprentices in Great Britain.

An ATF will require a trial period prior to the first college attendance to assess the Apprentice with the horse.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria 

A potential Level 3 apprentice: 

Must be aged 16 or over & have officially left school. 

Must be employed (NOT self-employed) in the relevant occupational sector, working a minimum of 30 hours per week. 

An individual can only undertake an apprenticeship at the same or lower level than a qualification they already hold, if this allows the individual to acquire substantive new skills and the content of the training is materially different from any prior training or a previous apprenticeship. 

Must have the right to work in England & spend at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship. 

Must be a citizen of a country with in the European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right of abode in the UK AND have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous 3 years on the first day of learning. 

All Apprenticeships require Initial assessment, vocational skills scan, an interview and employment in the industry.

Typically, an applicant will have attained a minimum of 4 GCSE grades C or 4 including both Maths and English. Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs. Learners will also need to be able to gain the necessary skills, knowledge and experience within their job roles to meet the requirements of the programme.  

Exceptional entries will be considered for all Apprenticeships at the discretion of the college based on experience, successful interview and outcomes of Initial and Diagnostic assessments for English and Maths to establish current levels of ability. 

Learning and assessment

Assessments: Candidates must complete the following:

During the course of this training and in order to be eligible for registration onto the Register of Farriers via this Apprenticeship the following outcomes must be successfully completed by the apprentice:

  • Knowledge Skills & Behaviours
  • Gateway to include shoeboard
  • Practical, Theory and Oral exam i.e. End Point Assessment run by WCF Diploma in Farriery (QCF)

Training is split between ‘on the job’ training in the workplace with the ATF and ‘off the job’ training part of which will be 20 weeks in College. These 20 weeks are on average 3 week blocks spread over the 4 years.


Students passing this course will have the qualification to become a Registered Farrier

Further career opportunities

Diploma of Higher Education Farriery (blended learning)

BSc (Hons) Farriery (top-up) (blended learning)

TTFA Award to become an ATF

Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (AWCF)

Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Farriers( FWCF)

Special requirements

All Applicants must have a letter of support from an ATF confirming that they will be guaranteed employment until completion of their Advanced Apprenticeship.


Farriery, or the shoeing of horses, is an ancient craft. A farrier is a skilled craftsperson, capable of making shoes to suit all types of horse and their working conditions. Modern farriers must have knowledge of the anatomy of horses’ feet and legs, be able to work alongside vets, manage and handle horses, understand and meet the needs of clients and successfully run their own business.

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