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Craft – How to Train

There are different routes to gain recognised qualifications in Saddlery. You can study full- or part-time at Capel Manor College in Enfield; gain an apprenticeship; or attend short courses in Salisbury, Walsall and further afield.

Saddlery Qualifications



Alternative Training Providers

Saddlery Qualifications

Qualifications available:

  • Saddlers Company Level 1 Basic Skills Certificate
  • Level 2 and 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Saddlery (Saddlery Skills Assessment in bridle, saddle and harness in conjunction with The Worshipful Company of Saddlers)
  • Level 2 and 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Saddle, Harness, and Bridle Making (full time, jointly awarded by City & Guilds and The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers)

Please visit our Training Providers page for contact information

The image shows the Saddlery Training Centre, in Salisbury

Saddlers Company Certificate Level 1 - Basic Skills

This first level forms the foundation from which students can go on to gain qualifications in their chosen specialities.

City & Guilds Level 2 - Diploma in Saddlery (Intermediate Skills)

The C & G Saddlery Skill Assessments are the recognised qualifications for the saddlery trade and form the foundation of the criteria for individual membership of the Society of Master Saddlers.

City & Guilds Level 3 - Advanced Skills

City & Guilds Level 3 -Diploma in Saddlery (Advanced Skills)

City & Guilds Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making awarded in partnership The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Capel Manor College, Enfield

City & Guilds Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making covers traditional and modern saddlery production techniques and is assessed at City & Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 awarded jointly with The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Read more and apply here:

City & Guilds / Worshipful Company of Cordwainers' Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making - Capel Manor College

Capel Manor Part Time Courses

Capel Manor College, Enfield

Progress from the Saddlers Company Level 1 Basic Skills Certificate to Level 2 & 3 City & Guilds Saddlery Skills Assessment in bridle or harness making.


  • Traditional techniques
  • Pattern making
  • Machining and sewing techniques
  • Produce bridles, martingales, girths, and more

For more information and to apply visit:

City & Guilds awarded with The Worshipful Company of Saddlers and Capel Manor College


An apprenticeship is a great way to embark on a career in saddlery craft or trade. There are two schemes available to Saddlers: The Government Institute of Apprenticeships scheme, and the Saddlers Company Millennium Scheme - it is possible to be registered on both.
To the right: Laurence Pearman with his apprentice at Cirencester Saddlers

The Millennium Apprenticeship Scheme

Complementary or alternative apprenticeship to government schemes funded and managed by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers.



Take on an Apprentice

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Millennium Scheme

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Independent Training Providers

Gaining training outside of, or to accompany, an apprenticeship is accessible through independent training providers. Whilst these centres and trainers are recognised the Society cannot give any assurances about the training or service provided, nor that training will align with the City & Guilds and  Saddlers Company certificate curricula.

These centres can support your learning via short courses whether you:

  • Need to gain basic Level 1 skills prior to securing an apprenticeship.
  • Have work and other life commitments and wish to self-fund City & Guild qualification training and assessment over a longer period of time.
  • Are approaching City & Guild assessment and would benefit from guided preparation.
  • Wish to pursue leatherworking as as hobby. Please note that saddlery work should be undertaken only with correct training and insurances.

Please view our list of independent training providers here