Farriery Standards Apprenticeship (Advanced)
Start date: 20th February 2023
Interview date: 11th January 2023. Please submit your application prior to interview.
Hereford School of Farriery is widely recognised as leading the way in the delivery of the Level 3 Farriery Standards Apprenticeship. Approved by the Farriers Registration Council, our course was recently cited by Ofsted as an example of best practice (Ofsted Inspection Report for HLNSC, December 2022).
Developed in partnership with Approved Training Farriers (ATFs) across the UK, our course is designed to support farrier apprentices as distance and work-based learners to develop the knowledge, skill and behaviours required to become a qualified professional farrier.
Farriery, is defined by the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975 as ‘any work in connection with the preparation or treatment of the foot of a horse for the immediate reception of a shoe thereon, the fitting by nailing or otherwise of a shoe to the foot or the finishing off of such work to the foot.'
A farrier is a skilled professional, equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to support the welfare and wellbeing of equines through the shoeing and trimming of equine feet. Farriers must be good problem-solvers and communicators, with the ability to work individually and as part of a team, to discuss, develop and deliver an individual foot care plan that meets the individual needs of an equine.
At Hereford School of Farriery, our Level 3 Farriery Standards Apprenticeship is designed to deliver the knowledge, skills and behaviours apprentice farriers need to pass the End Point Assessment and achieve the Worshipful Company of Farriers Diploma, DipWCF. Opening the door to joining the Register of Qualified Farriers and legally practise as a qualified farrier in the UK. Our alumni are also offered a unique opportunity to receive a travel scholarship to work abroad as equine welfare volunteers (see Travel scholarship, below)
- 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, including maths, English and at least one science
- Employment with an Approved Training Farrier (ATF).
Applicants will be invited to interview where they will be asked to complete three formative assessments, including a practical, written and oral assessment. They will also be asked to provide evidence that they meet the entry requirements, including:
- Qualification Certificates or School Statement (Dated and Stamped)
- ATF Confirmation Letter
- Photo ID (Passport or Driving Licence).
Level 3 Farriery Apprenticeship Standard and Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (Dip WCF).
Upon successful award of the DipWCF qualification the apprentice will be entitled to use the post-nominal DipWCF and may apply for registration with FRC.
Delivery and assessment
As part of the Level 3 Farriery Standards Apprenticeship, our learners will be supported to develop 20 Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour (KSB) Standards, including health and safety, anatomy, forging and self-development. The delivery and assessment of these standards is arranged to support our apprentices to learn in line with their developing role within the workplace, creating a strong foundation for future development.
The End Point Assessment (EPA), undertaken at the end of Block 8, is a real-time assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work as a professional qualified farrier. Completed over a number of consecutive days, the assessment contains a written, oral and two practical components. Delivered by the Worshipful Company of Farriers (WCF) and the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), successful achievement results in the immediate award of the DipWCF Qualification and the opportunity to register as a qualified farrier with the Farriers Registration Council.
For more information please visit:
- Institute of Apprenticeships: www.instituteforapprenticeships.org
- Worshipful Company of Farriers: www.wcf.org.uk
- Farriers Registration Council: www.farrier-reg.gov.uk
For up-to-date guidance on course fees, current funding for apprenticeships and the Digital Apprenticeship Scheme please contact Eve Weller Apprenticeships Administrator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of our ongoing support for equine welfare, Hereford School of Farriery is working in partnership with other welfare stakeholders to provide travel scholarships for our alumni. This is an exciting and enriching opportunity to travel and work abroad as equine welfare volunteers, teaching and training farriers and horse owners in countries such as India and Egypt.
For more information please visit:
- Well Equine: www.wellequine.co.uk
- The Flying Anvil Foundation: www.flyinganvil-fondation.ch/en/
Minimum age: 16
Duration: 4 years (48 months, including containing 23 weeks of college-based training delivered over eight block visits overall, with two block visits each apprenticeship year).
Qualification: Level 3 Farriery Apprenticeship Standard and Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (Dip WCF).
As a qualified professional farrier, you will have the opportunity to develop a business that reflects yourself and your interests - either as a sole trader, a member of a multi-partner practice or an approved trainer.
As the only country in the world to require that farriers are both qualified and registered, the Dip WCF qualification is internationally recognised as the gold standard. It provides a gateway to a wide variety of future opportunities, with many of our alumni travelling and working around the world as professional farriers and equine welfare volunteers. The DipWCF is also a platform for further and higher education, providing opportunities to gain qualifications from the Worshipful Company of the Farriers, the AWCF and FWCF, and to undertake research within the GradDipELR(RVC) and Bsc(Hons).
- Apprenticeship Team: email@example.com or 0800 032 1986
- Farriery Team: firstname.lastname@example.org