CONTINUING EDUCATION

Welcome to the American & Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers Continuing Education Program - another foundation of the AAPF/CAPF. This program clearly establishes a purpose, scope, baselines and definitions upon which we will build a new standard of education for our industry.

We recognize that the requirements described below may be foreign to some, we are committed to including all persons described under the definition of "Farrier" and all types of Continuing Education in the program.
By committing to a minimum of 24 credits of Continuing Education per year, accredited farriers at all levels will maintain their accreditation and illustrate their deserved recognition within the industry.

Please scroll down to learn more about this program and how you can be a participant in the AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education program.

Committee Chairman: Chuck Jones APF CJF DWCF
 
Board Liaison: Tim Cable APF  
   
Committee Members:
  • Daisy Bicking APF
  • Andrew Carruthers APF CJF
  • Jason Knight APF CF
  • Dave Richards APF
  • Marc van der Rest APF CF
 
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AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education Guidelines
(Click here for a PDF version of the Guidelines - these can also be viewed by scrolling down on this page)
   
Continuing Education Credits Application
(Click here for a PDF version of the Application.  If you wish to "fill-in-the-blanks" click on the Continuing Education tab and then "Continuing Education Application".  Once this form is completed it can be submitted directly to the AAPF/CAPF office.)
 
Continuing Education Sign-In Sheet
(Click here for a Sign-In Sheet which can be used at any pre-approved event. This completed form should be sent to the AAPF/CAPF office as soon as possible after the event.)

Purpose of AAPF Continuing Education:
  • Develop, support and promote Continuing Education (CE) for farriers.
     
  • Educate public, professional and other alliances to recognize and support AAPF/CAPF Accredited Farriers.
Scope of Program:
  • Recognize farriers experience, education and commitment to the public and professional sectors of the equine industry.
     
  • Recognize and award CE credits to any event provided that the AAPF/CAPF CE Application is completed in full and returned to the AAPF/CAPF office in the prescribed manner and timeline, and the event meets said requirements established for CE.

Baselines:

  • Upon membership application to the American & Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers, all Regular Members practicing for a minimum of two (2) years who are eligible, will be awarded the title of Accredited Farrier (AF).
     
  • Similarily, all Regular Members practicing for a minimum of five (5) years who are eligible, will be awarded the title of Accredited Professional Farrier (APF).

Definitions:

  • Farrier: A professional in the equine industry who has knowledge and is educated in the following: management, trimming, and shoeing applications of horse's hooves. Additionally, a Farrier is a key professional in maintaining equine hoof health and performance through any of the following: trimming, fabrication or alteration of horseshoes, application of pads, acrylics, or support materials.
     
  • AAPF/CAPF Accredited Farrier (AF): A Farrier (as defined above) who has been practicing as a farrier for a minimum of two (2) years and subsequently continues to earn 24 AAPF/CAPF approved CE credits per year. Additionally, an AF is a professional in the equine industry who is experienced and educated in the management, trimming, shoeing applications and health of horse's hooves. The AF will be a Regular Member in good standing with the American & Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers.
     
  • AAPF/CAPF Accredited Professional Farrier (APF): A Farrier (as defined above) who has been practicing as a farrier for a minimum of five (5) years and subsequently continues to earn 24 AAPF/CAPF approved CE credits per year. Utilizing anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and blacksmithing knowledge and skills, a professional farrier is an integral part in maintaining equine soundness and performance through trimming, and the application of horseshoes, pads, support materials or acrylics, when needed. The APF will continue to be a Regular Member in good standing with the American & Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers.
     
  • AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education (CE) Direct: A situation where a scheduled, advertised, prepared and intentional delivery of a lecture, demonstration or educating situation occurs by the outward means of voice, image, media, demonstration, illustration, presentation and communication.  Delivered information, illustration, demonstrations and examples must clearly and directly pertain to farrier practice, farrier science, or farrier business management.
     
  • Continuing Education Credit (CE): One (1) hour of approved Continuing Education Direct as outlined above is equal to one (1) CE credit.
     
  • AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education (CE) Indirect: A situation where a scheduled, advertised, prepared and intentional delivery of a lecture, demonstration or educating situation occurs by the outward means of voice, image, media, demonstration, illustration, presentation and communication.  Delivered information, illustration, demonstrations and examples will indirectly pertain to farrier practice, farrier science, or farrier business management. 
     
  • Continuing Education Credit (CE): One (1) hour of approved Continuing Education Indirect as outlined above is equal to one half (.5) CE credit.
     
  • Continuing Education On-Line (Internet) or Video Credit: One (1) hour (minimum of 50 minutes) of approved Continuing Education as outline above is equal to 1 CE credit.

Member Responsibility:

  • It shall be the responsibility of the AAPF/CAPF member to obtain the minimum requirement of 24 CE credits each year.
     
  • Additionally the member shall be responsible for confirming that the CE credits are accurately posted to the AAPF/CAPF membership profile (website).
     
  • Any disputes should be filed within 30 days after an event. Disputes must be submitted in writing.
     
  • The AAPF/CAPF will collaborate with the event hosts and sponsors to determine the accuracy of the list of attendees at all recognized and approved AAPF/CAPF CE events.

General Requirements:

  • These requirements are intended to encourage professional farriers to pursue and invest themselves in Continuing Education.
     
  • All events which meet the definitions as stated above, shall be eligible to make application for CE credits.  The AAPF/CAPF reserves the right to approve or not approve any application, either in part or in whole.
     
  • To qualify for CE credits, the member must be a registered attendee of the event.
     
  • Event approval shall be granted only for a single occurrence of that event. An event host must apply for approval for each instance or reoccurring instance of that event, unless application is for multiple events.
     
  • The CE Committee (CEC) shall review all applications within 5 days of receipt and subsequently notify the host of their decision regarding the number of credits attributable to the event. Additionally, the credits will be posted on the AAPF/CAPF website's Calendar of Events.
     
  • The CEC and the AAPF/CAPF Board of Directors will enforce the Bylaws which relate to Continuing Education and member conduct (See Article XII - Standard of Conduct in the AAPF Bylaws).

Host Requirements (Procedure):

  • All hosting (or sponsor) organizations shall be prepared to:
    • Submit a timely application (recommend that it be submitted 45 days prior to the event to allow adequate time to promote event).
       
    • Provide to the AAPF/CAPF office, within 10 days of the event completion, a list of all AAPF/CAPF members who have attended each pre-approved CE event.
       
    • Be willing to collaborate with the AAPF/CAPF office if any discrepancies occur after the event regarding a farrier attending all or any portion of the event.
       
    • The host or sponsor shall include, in any event advertisement or electronic broadcast, a reference describing the event as AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education Approved. Such reference should include, if available at time of advertisement or broadcast, the number of AAPF/CAPF CE credits awarded for event participation.
       
    • Hosts should work to ensure that the intention, presentation, and facility are provided and delivered in a professional manner. A healthy and safe environment should be provided which reduces opportunities for disruptions.
       
    • Hosts, sponsors, clinicians and members of the AAPF/CAPF shall always be mindful of the adopted AAPF/CAPF Code of Ethics (as adopted in the AAPF/CAPF Bylaws):
      • Members shall not compromise their personal and professional ethics in any way that will be detrimental to the health of the farrier or equine industries.
         
      • Members shall work continually to improve the quality of service they make available to their customers and fellow members.
         
      • Members shall observe all civil laws and shall uphold the honor and dignity of the industry by striving to conduct an honest and competent business.
         
      • Members shall participate in activities and organizations which promote the growth and health of the farrier and equine industries.
         
    • Provide a written evaluation (AAPF/CAPF to provide form) of the CE process to assist the CEC with the ongoing enhancement of this program.

Application:
  • A fully completed AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education Application shall include the following information:
    • Host
       
    • Sponsor (if different from Host)
       
    • Date(s)
       
    • Location
       
    • Agenda (including start and finish times for all events being considered for CE credits)
       
    • Name and credentials of the clinician
       
    • Synopsis of the event (including a brief outline of the presentation by the clinician)
       
    • Identification of the methods to be used to promote the event (the AAPF/CAPF will work with the sponsors to lend their assistance in promoting events with AAPF/CAPF CE credits)
       
Continuing Education Guidelines Specific for Forging Competitions
  • Recognizing the definition established above in item “4-d:  AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education (CE) Direct:  A situation where a scheduled, advertised, prepared and intentional delivery of a lecture, demonstration or educating situation occurs by the outward means of voice, image, media, demonstration, illustration, presentation and communication.”
     
  • The AAPF/CAPF CE Committee recognizes the educational opportunity for farriers who are competitors at forging competitions which have a master of ceremonies (emcee) who walks from forging station to forging station describing the work being performed by the individual or team of competitors. 
     
  • This “voice description” allows for non-competing competitors to receive educational value from the other competitors and thus allows the non-competing competitor to hone his/her skills.
     
  • At this type of forging competition, the competitors are able to focus on time management, fire management, and horsemanship skills (should they reach the live shoeing component of the competition).
     
  • While the CE Committee acknowledges the Continuing Education value for competitors while not competing (i.e. listening to the voice descriptions provided by the emcee), it does not recognize CE value for the time where the competitor is actually competing (while at the fire or anvil or under the horse).
     
  • All requirements stated in previous sections of these Guidelines will be adhered to with regard to the administration of CE for Forging Competitions.
     
  • Any award of CE for forging competitions under the system described above will be noted accordingly on the individual member’s online profile. 
    • Example:  “04/04/2012 – ABC Forging Competition – 12 CE Credits (COMPETITION)”

Continuing Education Guidelines Specific for Mentoring
  • Participants in the AAPF/CAPF Mentoring program must be Regular or Student members in good standing with the associations. 
     
  • Participants must also be registered with the associations as either a Mentor or Mentee.
     
  • Participants must be registered as a Mentor/Mentee or Mentor/Mentor partnership.
     
  • The associations will provide registration forms for the Mentor/Mentee or Mentor/Mentor to pre-register their partnership.
     
  • Qualified Mentoring partnerships may not be in any type of employee relationship (contract, full or part-time, or otherwise).  Additionally, the partnership may not be between two persons who are related (husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other/parent/child).
     
  • The basis of this opportunity shall be two (2) hours of mentoring or two (2) hours being mentored shall equal one (1) AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education credit.
     
  • The maximum number of hours available for mentoring in a single day shall be eight (8).  Therefore, the maximum number of CE credits available per day shall be four (4).
     
  • Reporting forms provided by the association shall include:
    • Names of Mentor and Mentee
    • Dates, times and hours of the mentoring
    • Total number of clock hours
    • Total number of CE credits (using the formula described above)
    • Specific subjects discussed during the mentoring for this period.  This section of the form will require the Mentor and Mentee to be very specific.  General terms (i.e. shoeing, trimming, nailing, clinching, etc.) will not be accepted or approved.  Specific terms (i.e. quarter crack repair using drilling of the hoof wall using a Dremel tool, then lacing using stainless steel wire, followed by steps needed for follow-up) would more likely to be approved.
    • The submission of documentation of the subjects discussed would be very appropriate and look favorably upon by the CE Committee during their review of the reporting form.  This could include photos taken using smartphones or other cameras, video, etc.
       
  • All submitted forms will be reviewed by the CE Committee and a final number of CE credits will be determined by the CE Committee.  Any objection to the decision of the CE Committee may be taken to the Board of Directors for further review and consideration.  The decision of the Board of Directors will be final and there will be no further review accepted.