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Training

The membership of the Society includes a core of well-trained saddlers and saddle fitters in every element of leather craft and saddlery for the equine and rider. The training overseen by the Society represents well tried and tested systems for maintaining the knowledge of our membership base and training a whole new generation of Saddlers and Saddle Fitters. The craft categories and training requirements are listed below:

MASTER SADDLER
MASTER SADDLERS are individuals who are trained, skilled and qualified in their own right to make and repair saddlery and harness. Master Saddlers will hold level 3 City & Guilds saddlery qualifications, have been in the trade for a minimum of 7 years and undergone an inspection of work.

MASTER HARNESS MAKER
MASTER HARNESS MAKERS are individuals who specialise in harness making. They are trained, skilled and qualified in their own right to make and repair harness and will hold level 3 City & Guilds saddlery qualifications, including harness making. They have been in the trade for a minimum of 7 years and have undergone an inspection of work.

MASTER BRIDLE MAKER
MASTER BRIDLE MAKERS are individuals who specialise in bridlework. They are trained, skilled and qualified in their own right to make and repair bridles and will hold level 3 City & Guilds saddlery qualifications, including bridle making. They have been in the trade for a minimum of 7 years and have undergone an inspection of work.

MASTER SADDLE MAKER
MASTER SADDLE MAKERS are individuals who specialise in making saddles. They are trained, skilled and qualified in their own right to make and repair saddles and will hold level 3 City & Guilds saddlery qualifications, including saddle making. They have been in the trade for a minimum of 7 years and have undergone an inspection of work.

QUALIFIED SADDLER
QUALIFIED SADDLERS are individuals who are trained, skilled and qualified in their own right to make and repair saddlery. They will hold level 3 City & Guilds saddlery qualifications.

QUALFIED HARNESS MAKER
QUALIFIED HARNESS MAKERS are individuals who are trained, skilled and qualified in their own right to make and repair harness. They will hold level 3 City & Guilds saddlery qualifications including harness making.

QUALIFIED SADDLE FITTER
REGISTERED QUALIFIED SADDLE FITTERS will be either a Society member in their own right or employed by a member. They will have been fitting saddles for a minimum of 3 years and hold the Society of Master Saddlers’ Qualified Saddle Fitters Certificate.

REGISTERED TRAINEE SADDLERS AND STUDENTS
Trainees and students will be undergoing training in saddlery and / or saddle fitting, working towards the City & Guilds qualifications needed for full membership.