Introduction to Gamekeeping


The College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) together with the Irish Grouse Conservation Trust (IGCT) and supported by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is currently recruiting for the 2020/21 Introduction to Gamekeeping course. This practical course formally titled “Principles of Live Quarry Shooting” is accredited by City & Guilds.

Who is the course for?

People with a genuine interest in country sports who may wish to develop their career in this direction by gaining an introductory qualification in gamekeeping.

Course Content

Practical instruction and talks on a wide range of game-related topics including habitat management, game and rough shooting and the role of gundogs.

Course Duration

A total of nine days from October to April including an assessment in May. The sessions are held predominantly on Fridays.

We hope to begin this course on Friday 25th September 2020, but if for Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to run the course, any money paid will be refunded in full.


£175 –  This includes the Level 2 Certificate Principles of Live Quarry Shooting, City and Guilds;BASC student membership and Safe Shotgun, Safe Rifle assessments and certificates.

How to apply

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to be eligible. If you are interested please apply using the online system. If the course is over subscribed i.e. if there are more than 14 applicants when the two month application period is over then candidates will be selected on a random basis. If you would like to attend with a friend, to share travel expenses, please make sure that you both apply online, and also please include the other person’s name and address in the additional information section of the online form.

Partners with CAFRE in the delivery of this course are;