How to become a farrier
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- training with the army
You can take a one-year farriery access course to start your career.
You can also do a Level 2 Certificate in Forgework before moving onto a farriery apprenticeship.
A small number of colleges offer these courses.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can get into this work by doing an advanced apprenticeship in farriery.
This takes 48 months to complete and includes periods of college study and training on the job, with an approved training farrier.
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.