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Why choose the AFTC?

Choosing the Farrier Trainers of Canada Apprenticeship Program is a wise decision for anyone looking to become a skilled farrier. Our program offers hands-on training from experienced professionals, as well as a comprehensive curriculum that covers all aspects of the trade. With our program, you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this rewarding career.

Become an Apprentice with Farrier Trainers of Canada

Becoming a farrier's apprentice through the AFTC program is an excellent opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge required to become a successful farrier.

Our 3 year apprenticeship program offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers all aspects of the trade, including anatomy, physiology, and forging techniques and so much more.

Below you will find the various program streams available to apprentices, which will help you in fast-tracking your career as an Approved Journeyman Farrier of Canada. 

Already an AFA Certified Journeyman or hold a Diploma from the WCF? Choose our Credential Purchase option to obtain your AJFC Certificate. 

Join our program today and take the first step towards a rewarding career as an Approved Journeyman Farrier in Canada!

New to the Industry?


Are you interested in becoming an Approved Training Farrier (ATF)?

You must hold at least the following:


  1. A.F.A. C.J.F. or Dip. W.C.F.

  2. Record of successful competing at national level exams, or membership of a national farrier team.

  3. A letter of support from a current apprentice and/or past apprentice.

  4. A brief resume outlining previous experience training farriers, type of business and work facilities available for training.

  5. A current criminal record check.

Role of the Approved Training Farrier:

  1. Teach & demonstrate art & science of farriery.

  2. Provide a fixed or mobile shop in the form of basic forging tools and a work area for the apprentice to develop their skills.

  3. Help the apprentice to develop practical skills to the AFTC program standard

  4. Provide the student with the opportunity to work on a variety of different breeds & situations that cannot be provided in a college setting.

  5. Farriers wishing to become an ATF will be reviewed on an individual basis. Preference is given to Farriers that carry Journeyman Credentials from the AFA, AFTC or a diploma from the WCF.

The AFTC farrier apprenticeship program has distinct outcomes and requirements for each of the three years. To get a better understanding of these outcomes, you can click on the PDFs provided below. These documents contain comprehensive information on what you can anticipate achieving throughout each year of the program.

Approved Apprentice Farrier of Canada ( AAFC)


Approved Farrier of Canada (AFC)


Approved Journeyman Farrier of Canada (AJFC)

Additional Information
Book List
Exam Checklist
Portfolio Sample
Portfolio Sample Yr 3

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