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Current Registration Requirements

Approved Qualifications for Registration

The profession of farriery is regulated in England, Wales and Scotland by the Farriers Registration Council (FRC).

Council’s prescribed course of civilian training for registration purposes under section 7(1)(b) of the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975, is an Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery, including 23 weeks at College and the following mandatory outcomes:

  1. Technical Certificate – WCF Diploma in Farriery (QCF)
  2. Diploma in Farriery (Work Based)
  3. English and Mathematic Functional Skills (Level 2)
  4. College Certificate in Business
  5. 6 Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  6. Employee Rights and Responsibilities

The examining body for the WCF Diploma in Farriery (QCF) technical certificate (formerly known as the DipWCF) is the Worshipful Company of Farriers. 

How to become a Farrier

Other Recognised Qualifications for Registration

In addition to the WCF Diploma in Farriery (QCF) examination the Farriers Registration Council also recognises certain other qualifications as meeting the standard for registration. The approved qualifications are currently:

  • Worshipful Company of Farriers RSS (Registered Shoeing Smith) pre October 1979
  • The Army Class II, BII, CMF
  • American Farriers Association CJF (Certified Journeyman Farrier*)

* In accordance with the Act, the FRC also requires proof of two years regular and gainful engagement in shoeing horses subsequent to achievement of this qualification prior to registration. 

To apply please contact the offices of the FRC or click here for online applications.