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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The FRC expects that after qualifying, all farriers will continue their professional education by committing to keeping up to date with changes and developments in farriery, through the lifelong learning and personal development of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

CPD activities should be relevant to the individual and should build on their strengths, professional knowledge and skills.

The FRC recognise two types of CPD;

  1. Formal – structured learning such as professional study to gain a qualification.
  2. Informal – self-managed learning such as reading of farriery and business related articles.

It is recommended that a variety of CPD activities are attempted and that records of study are kept as proof of completion.

Failure to undertake any CPD may count against a farrier whose competence is being considered by the Disciplinary Committee.

Since 2014, it has been mandatory for ATFs to complete a minimum of 10 CPD points each year; from January 2016, all newly Registered Farriers will also be required to undertake CPD.

An annual audit will be carried out by the FRC; ATFs and newly Registered Farriers are expected to comply with a request for their records.

All ATFs are affiliated to one of the three current farriery training colleges and all are required to attend the annual educational training courses provided each year.