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 seeking expressions of interest for recruiting for the 2021/22 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.

The course was scheduled to begin in September 2020 but unfortunately due to Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, the course has been postponed until September 2021.


£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. You can submit an expression of interest to attend this course by clicking on the blue button on the right.

Partners with CAFRE in the delivery of this course are;