Farrier Qualifications

What type of qualifications could my farrier have and what do they mean?

Looking on the Register you will see various letters after most farriers names, these denote their qualifications. Usually the Register just shows the highest qualifications achieved by the individual.


The main qualifications are:


DipWCF or WCF Diploma in Farriery (QCF). Formerly this qualification was the RSS or Registered Shoeing Smith. The Diploma is a prescribed examination for admission to the Register of Farriers and is normally taken at the conclusion of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery.

AWCF or the Associateship of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. Formerly this qualification was the AFCL or Associates of the Farriers Company of London. This examination is taken by those who already hold the Diploma or RSS and concentrates on therapeutic and remedial farriery.

BSc (Hons) – BSc (Hons) Farriery Top up. This examination is taken by those who already hold the DipHE.

CMF or Certified Military Farrier achieved after completion of the Intermediate Military Farriers Course. Formally this qualification was the Class II. This is the qualification issued following training as a farrier in the Army and is equivalent to the DipWCF.

DipHEDiploma of Higher Education - Farriery. This is a course for professionally qualified and practising Registered Farriers already working within the industry offered at Myerscough College.

FWCF or Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. 

MTF "Military Farriers Course" achieved after completion of the Advanced Military Farriers Course. Formally this qualification was the Class I. This is the qualification issued following training as a farrier in the Army and is equivalent to the AWCF.