Criteria For Attendance
Candidates should fulfil all of the following criteria:
- Be in full time employment with a fully paid up member of the Society of Master Saddlers (UK) Ltd or be a member in their own right or submit written recommendations for attendance from 3 SMS members (from a minimum of 2 membership categories, at least one of which must be a UK trade / manufacturing member)
- Be, or have the services of, a fully qualified saddler holding Level 3 City & Guilds saddlery qualifications to carry out major saddle flocking and adjustments or have major alterations carried out by manufacturing member.
- Have previously attended the Introductory Course in saddle fitting or submit details of formal saddle fitting courses attended and it will be considered whether these can be taken as equivalent to the Introductory Course.
- Hold the Society’s Saddle Flocking qualification. (Further information available on request)
Note: Prior to applying for assessment candidates should have three years’ experience in saddle fitting. (Fulfilment of this criteria is recommended as the level of tuition assumes that delegates are experienced saddle fitters. See pre-course advice). Overseas candidates wishing to be assessed at the end of the course must fulfil the appropriate level of experience to be considered.
Candidates will be assessed on the following procedures:
Written paper, covering all units.
Practical assessment of four units, Conformation & Action in Hand, Horse Description, Saddle Assessment and Fault Identification, Taking Templates and Practical Saddle Fitting of two horses (GP and Dressage)
Candidates must pass all units to gain the certificate and must successfully fit both saddle fitting horses at any one assessment.
On passing Assessment Candidates are awarded the City & Guilds / SMS Certificate in Saddle Fitting. The Qualification Handbook is available here