Farriers Clubs and Associations
Worshipful Company of Farriers
The Worshipful Company of Farriers is a City Livery Company which has its origins in 1356, when it was established as a Fellowship to oversee farriery within the cities of London and Westminster.
Six and a half centuries later, the Company still has the responsibility for securing adequate standards of competence and conduct among persons engaged in the shoeing of horses.
The company also actively promotes and encourages the art, science, training and education of farriery.
Founded in 1605, the Worshipful Company of Farriers is number 55 on the register of the City of London Livery Companies.
For more information visit their webiste at:
Farriers Registration Council
The Farriers Registration Council (FRC) was established by the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975. It is an Act to prevent and avoid suffering by and cruelty to horses arising from the shoeing of horses by unskilled persons, to promote the proper shoeing of horses, to promote the training of farriers and shoeing smiths, to provide for the establishment of a Farriers Registration Council to register persons engaged in farriery and the shoeing of horses. To prohibit the shoeing by unqualified persons and for the purposes connected therewith.
All practising farriers must be registered with the council, pay an annual retention fee and abide by a professional code of conduct.
For more information visit their website at: www.farrier-reg.gov.uk
Farriery Training Agency
The Farriery Training Agency (FTA) is a Managing Agency established by the FRC to oversee the training of Farriery Apprentices in Great Britain. The FTA is responsible for the administration of the terms and conditions for the training of Farriery Apprentices, including:
The induction and approval of candidates for apprenticeship
Obtaining funding for such apprenticeships and discharging the responsibilities set by the funding agencies
Arranging an adequate level of supervision of the apprentice
Liaising with the awarding bodies on examinations
Acting as arbiter for all matters relating to the training of Farriery Apprentices.
For more information visit their website at: www.farrierytraining.co.uk
Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the Farriery Industry. Our objective is to work in partnership with government and educational/training organisations to ensure that the skills and qualifications provided to the industry are working and are those that the industry demands.
We have to work closely with Farriers to identify the business needs in order that we can shape policies, funding and learning provision for the benefit of all involved, promoting the importance of having a highly skilled and motivated workforce through training and development with the aim of increasing business productivity, sustainability - and ultimately profitability.
For more information visit their website at: www.lantra.co.uk
The National Association of Farriers, Blacksmiths and Agricultural Engineers (NAFBAE) looks after the interests of its members. Its head office is at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on the site to the National Agricultural Centre where it has an administrative office, a seminar room, a meeting room and a forge facility for competitions and workshops.
The Executive Committee comprises of six farriers who meet regularly to promote the interests of the Association's members. NAFBAE also has a craft committee for farriery. NAFBAE offers its members a number of benefits including insurances, legal advice, discounts on vans as well as help and advice in cases of hardship or disciplinary procedures.
For more information visit their website at: www.nafbae.org.uk
NPTC (Certificate in Forgework)
This qualification has been developed with the Farriery Training Agency (FTA) as a compulsory pre-requisite for entry on to the Farriery Apprenticeship. It delivers the foundation skills required for basic blacksmith's skills of forging, forming, cutting and joining. Assessment is via multiple choice computer based test, portfolio of evidence to include the mandatory test pieces and a practical examination to produce two pieces under exam conditions.
For more information visit their webiste at: www.nptc.org.uk