The International Association of Professional Farriers (IAPF) was launched in 2012. Since then over 800 farriers and others involved in the farrier industry have joined the association. As a relatively new association, the IAPF and its members have already been recognized as an established, relevant, and powerful voice for farriers through the promotion of quality hoof-care for the horses and horse owners which they serve.
An IAPF Farrier:
- Is committed to Continuing Education keeping up to date on research, techniques, and products in order to provide the best possible hoof-care to their clients and their horses,
- Conducts himself/herself in a professional and ethical manner throughout his/her business activities,
- Belongs to a family of farriers who are willing to share their knowledge of farriery with each other through mentoring,
- Is committed to forming positive partnerships with other equine and farrier associations, as well as veterinarians, through a teamwork approach.
An IAPF Accredited Professional Farrier (APF) has more than five years of experience while committed to obtaining at least 24 hours of Continuing Education per year.
An IAPF Accredited Farrier (AF) has two to five years of experience while committed to obtaining at least 24 hours of Continuing Education per year.
An IAPF Farrier who has a "-I" behind their Accreditation (AF-I or APF-I) has also completed the "Foundation Credential" - the first step in the IAPF Farrier Credentialing program to recognize members' ongoing commitment to education for specific equine disciplines and specialties.