The national regulator for farriery, the Farriers Registration Council (FRC) has withdrawn approval previously granted to the Worshipful Company of Farriers (WCF). The withdrawal of approval is inclusive of delivery of the end point assessment (EPA) by the WCF.
The scheduled farrier end point assessments planned for November 2023 will be moved to early 2024.
We are continuing to work with key stakeholders. An established end point assessment organisation has applied to expand their scope of practice to include the farrier apprenticeship. They plan to release supporting materials including an apprentice handbook, training provider and employer handbook, sample assessments, and assessor handbooks in due course.
The rescheduling is important to ensure that sufficient time is available to ensure that assessment is robust, that the approach is fair, valid and reliable, and that successful apprentices can register with the Farriers Registration Council.
Maintaining and caring for equine feet.
Occupation: Farrier Level: 3
Farriers are responsible for the maintenance and care of Equine feet with a holistic approach to the equine, for which they must have a thorough understanding of all aspects of Equine hoof care throughout the equine disciplines, from grass roots pleasure equines right through to elite competition horses. Farriers are able to assess equines and their gait (movement). Farriers are responsible for the quality and accuracy of their work, must be good communicators and problem solvers, and able to discuss the condition of equines and their hooves with owners and other professionals, especially Veterinary Surgeons. Farriers are able to give advice on various equine welfare options, from a trim for a horse at pasture through to basic remedial work on lame equines. Farriery is a profession regulated by statute and farriers are required to be admitted on to the Register of Farriers before they may practise lawfully. Once registered a farrier may either practise as an individual or join a farriery practice to work as part of a team.
|Knowledge||What is required- understanding of:|
|Health & Safety||The role of a farrier in monitoring and maintaining health and safety in the workplace. Have knowledge and understanding of the use and safe handling of the modern materials used in farriery.|
|Breed Identification||The identification of different equine breeds and types.|
|Control of Equines||The recognition and control of the equine for the purposes of trimming or shoeing.|
|Anatomy, Physiology and Equine Biomechanics||The equine limb, the anatomy and physiology of the equine limb and its biomechanics, The principals of trimming for each breed and type of equine.|
|Ability to produce a thorough foot care plan||Identify the requirement of the individual equine, according to its breed, type and select a suitable shoeing material and style where applicable.|
|Understanding of diagnosis methods||The importance of various diagnostic techniques used by veterinary surgeons in equine welfare.|
|Evaluation of own abilities||Their own competencies and know when to refer to specialist or higher qualified Farriers, veterinary surgeons or paraprofessionals.|
|Lameness evaluations||The ability to recognise the pathologies and biomechanic abnormalities that may predispose lameness in equines.|
|Skills||What is required|
|Health & Safety||Maintain good standards of health and safety for self and others.|
|Working Environment||Prepare and maintain the working environment, i.e. the forge, van or work area. Identify and minimise hazards and risks in the working environment.|
|Equipment||Use, maintain and store equipment, tools and materials. Make the most efficient and effective use of materials, resources and time.|
|Communication Skills||Communicate effectively with members of the public, clients and other professionals. A clear effective communicator who can use various methods of communications to give and receive information accurately and in a timely manner.|
|Preparation of an equine foot care plan||Preparing a comprehensive individual foot care plan for unshod and shod equines to maintain their welfare needs (Farriers (Registration) Act 1975).|
|Forging and Fabrication||Forge, fabricate and modify all shoes that may be required by an equine. This will include using the tools of the trade to make shoes from steel and aluminum, with an insight into the use of modern materials to rebuild and affix shoes to equine hooves.|
Using tools of the trade be able to:
Remove an equine shoe
Prepare and trim the sole, Frog and bars
Prepare and trim the hoof wall for either an unshod horse or one that requires shoes.
If equine is shod choose correct shoe, i.e. material, material size and length depending on the equines discipline.
Make or reshape the shoe for the individual equine
Nail or affix the shoe in an appropriate and safe manner.
Produce clenches from the nail tips or finish the method of adhesion to comply with all health and safety guidelines
|Business and IT Skills||Use of basic accountancy products, including basic VAT and TAX schemes and the use of the relevant government gateways|
|Behaviours||What is required|
|Professionalism||Have a strong professional work ethic including pride in their appearance, work and self, attention to detail, integrity and time management. Have a flexible positive attitude to work. Having a safety mindset to self and others.|
|Self-development||A willingness to learn and contribute to their own continuing professional development (in line with the FRC code of conduct).|
|Adaptability||Ability to work collaboratively or individually. Problem solving and effective decision making.|
|Adherence to legal and ethical frameworks||Understand their responsibilities in accordance with the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975, and the Farriers Registration Council’s Code of Conduct.|
Duration: Typically, the apprenticeship will take 48 months to complete.
Entry requirements: Typically a Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above, including English, Maths and one Science (1). Apprentices without English and Maths level 2 will be required to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment.
Professional qualifications and professional registration: This Standard is approved by the Farriers Registration Council (FRC) which registers and regulates qualified farriers including Approved Training Farriers, and apprentices upon qualification. On completion of the apprenticeship and EPA, the approved assessment for registration, the apprentice may apply for registration with FRC and will be entitled to use the post-nominal QFS (Qualified to Farrier Standard).
Review: The standard will be initially reviewed after three years.
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