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USA - Higher Examinations

AWCF Examinations - North America

History:

In October 2009 a very successful session for the higher examinations (AWCF and FWCF) was held at the Heartlands Horseshoeing School at Lamar, Missouri. One candidate was awarded his FWCF and three others achieved the AWCF. Four more passed one of the AWCF modules, a major step to achieving the AWCF.

Further sets have followed when there was sufficient interest to make the session viable.  The results of all the examinations in USA were as follows:

Year

Location

AWCF achieved

AWCF Modules achieved

FWCF achieved

2009

Heartlands Horseshoeing School

              3

                  4

          1

2010

 

Insufficient interest

                  -

          -

2011

Heartlands Horseshoeing School

              3

                  1 

          -

2012

Heartlands Horseshoeing School

              3

                  -

          -

2013

Kentucky Horseshoeing School

              2

                  2

          -

2014

 

Insufficient interest

                  -

          -

2015

Kentucky Horseshoeing School

              4

                  4

          -

2016

Kentucky Horseshoeing School

              2

                  2

          -

2017

Kentucky Horseshoeing School

     

 

Nineteen US farriers have now achieved their AWCF qualification through examinations held in the USA.  

Future plans:

The session for October 2017 at Kentucky Horseshoeing School is now confirmed.  There are a very few spaces still available for either or both modules, BUT PLEASE CONTACT THE ASSISTANT REGISTRAR (HIGHER EXAMINATIONS) BEFORE APPLYING OR MAKING PAYMENT.  The session is programmed for the period 20-22 October 2017.    Any farrier interested in filling one of the spare spaces should contact Mitch Taylor AWCF or the WCF Assistant Registrar (Higher Examinations) as soon as possible.

The current programme for October 2017 may be downloaded from this link.  Please note that the timings may have to change due to weather and other variables.  The final programme as updated will be posted on this web site before the examinations.   

The syllabus and all the guidance notes, including the notes and rules for strikers, can be found under Examinations - AWCF on this web site.

Please read the Requirements section below carefully. Use only the current Application Forms downloaded from this website and not, please, outdated ones which you may have been sent, or copied from previous years.

Requirements:

All candidates for the AWCF are usually required to hold the DipWCF, which is awarded to those who have held the AFA CJF qualification for more than 2 years. Due to the regulated nature of farriery in Great Britain, the FITS ASF examination is not recognised by the FRC or the WCF for any WCF reciprocity award.  For those NOT holding the AFA CJF then the 'AWCF Fast Track' system may be used.  See the AWCF page.  For those holding the AFA CJF, application is required on the CJF-DipWCF Application Form, together with a copy of their AFA CJF Certificate, and the fee should be paid using the Credit/Debit Card facility*.  The Application Form and AFA CJF Certificate may be scanned and emailed as attachments to WCF Assistant Registrar (Higher Examinations).  Applicants must be farriers of good standing with the AFA and be able to make the declaration on the application form.  The award of the DipWCF can take some time so overseas applicants wishing to take the AWCF should start this process as early as possible.  Diploma Certificates are usually presented by the Senior Examiner at the start of the AWCF examination session.

*Note: If your card transaction fails, it is usually your bank stopping the transaction.  If not it may also be that you are not inserting the billing address of your credit card correctly, as this address must be identical to the card billing address for authorisation to be approved by your bank.  If you ring the bank and authorise the payment, and ensure your address details are exactly correct, the payment system will then work.  If you do not receive an immediate e-mail from the WCF, which is a referenced receipt, then the payment has not gone through and you will need to follow the procedure outlined above.  

Candidates who then wish to apply for the AWCF should initially pay for the module(s) they wish to take using the Credit/Debit Card facility* on the web site. Candidates will also need to download and complete the AWCF (USA) Application Form, which should be scanned and e-mailed to WCF Assistant Registrar (Higher Examinations). The Assistant Registrar (Higher Examinations) will accept applications for the AWCF at the same time as the DipWCF, but the AWCF applications cannot be processed without the DipWCF Application Form and Fee*. 

North American Farriers who are interested in future WCF examinations should initially contact WCF Assistant Registrar (Higher Examinations), or Chris Gregory FWCF or Mitch Taylor AWCF