All persons who shoe horses, including their own within Great Britain*, are required to be registered under the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975, as amended.

[*The definition of GB as applicable to the Farriers (Registration) Act, includes England, Wales and Scotland, but excludes Northern Ireland, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man].

In order to qualify for registration persons have to complete an Approved Apprenticeship or period of training and pass a prescribed examination, or possess an overseas qualification recognised as an equivalent by the Council. (See 'UK Applications')

However, the Council recognises that in some cases persons may wish to apply for registration based on their farriery training and professional working experience obtained in an area outside of that covered by the Act. (See 'Overseas Applications')

Please ensure you read the application guides fully before making any application. Should you require any assistance initially on which procedure to follow a member of staff would be happy to discuss your position by telephone/email in the first instance.

Application for Certified Journeyman Farrier (American Farrier Association(CJF(AFA)) qualification

Farriers registered to practise in GB, i.e. they are listed on the FRC register, may apply to the American Farriers Association (AFA) for award of the Certified Journeyman Farrier (CJF) qualification. Further details can be found at or by contacting the AFA on