How to become a farrier
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an approved apprenticeship
- training with the army
You could take a Level 2 Access to Farriery course at college that will give you some of the skills and knowledge to apply to be an apprentice farrier.
This takes 12 months to complete.
Most people following this route have:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You can get into this work by doing an advanced apprenticeship in farriery with an approved training farrier.
This takes 48 months to complete and includes training on the job and periods of study at a college approved by the Farriers Registration Council.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- City and Guilds Forgework Certificate
You could join the army as a soldier with the Household Cavalry.
After 2 years as a mounted ceremonial trooper, you'll be eligible to apply for the Forge within the regiment and join a team of farriers.