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Farriery Upskilling Programme

Equine > Farriery Upskilling Programme

Course Duration

2 days/month over 2 years

Course Location

Enniskillen Campus

Farriery Upskilling Programme

The Farriery Upskilling Programme at Enniskillen Campus is for working farriers, to allow them to gain The Worshipful Company of Farriers Diploma (DipWCF), which is taught as a part-time. The course is designed to produce qualified professional farriers who are competent in all aspects of hoof care including the selection fit and application of horse shoes. The course is delivered just over two years and students attend tutorials (forge work and classroom) two days a month.

Course content

Main areas of study are:

  • Equine anatomy
  • Equine conformation
  • Equine dynamics and movement
  • Equine physiology
  • Forging skills
  • Injuries and ailments affecting the foot/limb
  • Production and fit of horse shoes
Progression opportunities and career destinations

Through the course farriers have the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and from there they can apply to the Farriers Registration Council to become registered.

Course Entry Requirements

Applicants must have written confirmation, from at least two independent sources, one of which must be a farrier, confirming that they have been fully employed as a registered or unregistered farrier for at least two years.

As part of the final assessment farriers must make and apply shoes, take a theory exam, complete an oral assessment and produce a portfolio of handmade shoes.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Enniskillen Campus

Enniskillen Campus provides the widest range of equine courses in Ireland. The college aims to develop a competitive equine industry and produce graduates with the capability to succeed in a wide range of careers.

      John Maguire

      John Maguire

      “Taking this programme you are required to not only improve your farriery skills but develop forging skills as well as, whilst covering extensive theory on shoeing, anatomy, ailments and remedial work. I had to work hard and put a lot of effort in but it has paid off as I am now a qualified farrier (DipWCF).”

      Julie McSwiggan

      Key Contact

      Julie McSwiggan
      Equine Technologist