Approved Training Farriers (ATFs)

The FRC holds a central list of Registered Farriers that are qualified to employ apprentices, known as Approved Training Farriers or ATFs. To be on the ATF List, farriers have to meet the minimum technical qualifications and educational requirements as prescribed by the FRC at the time of application.

How to become an ATF

The FRC sets the requirements for admission to the ATF List. To become an ATF you must be qualified to AWCF or to an accepted alternative (Dip HE or Foundation Degree in Farriery) and have passed the Train the Trainer Farrier Award (TTFA).

If you hold these qualifications and wish to apply, please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the FRC for an application form.
  2. Complete the application form and return to the FRC with the required fee and documentation.
  3. The FRC will consider the application and, if content, forward the application to your preferred College.
  4. The College will then consider your application, carry out a forge visit, health and safety review and conduct an interview for suitability.
  5. The College will advise the FRC of their acceptance.
  6. The FRC will write advising of the outcome, and if approved, your name will be added to the ATF List.