New qualification for foot-trimmers launched

The Cattle Hoof Care Standards Board and the Royal Agricultural University have launched the first university-recognised qualification for foot-trimming.

The five-day course will replace the NPTC level 3 certificate in competence of cattle foot-trimming, which will be disbanded by the City and Guilds in December due to low uptake.

The first course will start in September and anyone, from beginners to practising trimmers, are eligible to attend.

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Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate and be added to a register.

To find out more or to register your interest, contact Paul Clayton on 07773 780 092 or email

About the qualification

Length: Five days

Assessment: A mix of theory and practical to include mobility scoring and a practical foot-trimming assessment.

After the course has been completed, an examiner will assess the candidate while foot-trimming, and the student will need to submit a portfolio demonstrating the work they have completed on a farm.

It is moderated by internal and external examiners to ensure all the standards are the same.

Qualification: Equivalent to level 4 (first year university degree level) awarding 15 credits

Course providers: Lantra-trained, experienced foot-trimmers

Cost: £1,250