FAQ : I would like to be a farrier.

Q: I would like to be a farrier.   What should my first step be?

A: We suggest that you find a local farrier that will let you spend a day (or more) with him/her.  No day is the same.

Q: What qualifications are necessary to become a farrier?

A: A love of horses.  Confidence around horses.  Fit and strong.  Maths (measuring of steel).  An eye for detail.  Willingness to listen and learn.

Q: What hours do farriers work?

A: Depends on the amount of work to do that day.

Q: Can I get a farrier qualification?

A:  Yes.  The Certificate in Farriery Practice (CFP) is the NZ Farriers Association qualification.    At the end of a 3.5-4 year apprenticeship; the apprentice then takes the CFP examination.  It is a PASS/FAIL exam.  Should you FAIL you are allowed to re-sit at another date.

Q:  How do I get an apprenticeship?

A:  The hardest thing is finding a Qualified Farrier who is wanting to take on an apprentice.  Speak to local farriers in your area; they may know of someone who may be wanting to have an apprentice.  You are also welcome to post on our facebook page.

Q:  Is the New Zealand CFP recognised overseas?

A: The CFP is recognised in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore.