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Are you as good a farrier today as you will ever be? Do your current abilities guarantee you will have a successful career?
Graduating from farrier school won’t be enough. Industry leaders point to an increasing emphasis on continuing education and professionalism in the farrier world — the ongoing need to add to your knowledge and skills.
Continuing education can earn credentials from farrier organizations to document your competence and expertise, and those credentials can be shared via business cards, websites and word-of-mouth to win the confidence of horse owners and turn them into clients.
“Having formal education standards is a key factor for the future of the industry,” says Bryan Quinsey, the executive director of the American and International Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF). “We want to be able to show horse owners a farrier’s ongoing commitment to continuing education.”
The AAPF was created in 2011 to promote continuing education (CE). The organization’s founders wanted to encourage and support ongoing education for farriers, as well as…