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

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 - 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

Worshipful Company of Cordwainers’ City & Guilds Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making

Capel Manor College, Enfield

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers’ 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.

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:

The Worshipful Company of Saddlers and City & Guilds Certificates - 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

Level 2 Leather Craftsperson

Producing or manufacturing leather goods for a number of markets.



Level 3 Bespoke Saddler

Making and repairing saddlery products.



The Millennium Apprenticeship Scheme

Complementary or alternative apprenticeship to government schemes funded and managed by the Saddlers Company.



Government Schemes

The benefits of taking on an apprentice

Take on an Apprentice

Contact us for Information

Millennium Scheme

More about The Millennium scheme

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