Certification Courses

The introduction of British School of Falconry Certification Courses enable students to study in convenient study modules at Gleneagles. The Certification Courses are taught during a series of practical sessions with an instructor from the falconry school. 

 

For anyone with a passion for falconry, there are written tests to help develop your knowledge of this ancient pursuit. The information required to pass these can be acquired from the course manual, Falconry: Art and Practice, written by Emma Ford, a founding director of the British Falconry School.

When you sign up for Level 1, you will be given a copy of the course manual, together with a British School of Falconry Record Book, which includes the syllabus and which logs your training and your field time. Level 1 is a full entry-level certification. If you wish to continue your training with the British School of Falconry and certify at higher levels, the syllabus for Levels 2 and 3 will clip into your Record Book.

The syllabus for each level includes a certificate, which is stamped and signed by your instructor when you pass the course.

-  Levels 1, 2 and 3 are British School of Falconry Certifications only.

-  Completion of any or all of these Levels does not 'qualify' you as a falconer, nor does it infer any legal level of qualification to take up the sport.

-  Legislation permitting you to become a falconer varies from country to country and must be strictly adhered to by those wishing to keep birds of prey for falconry purposes.

 

Level 1

Level 1 consists of four practical sessions: two sessions at the falconry school and two field sessions, as well as three written tests. You will learn...

-  Handling and flying hawks

-  The use of furniture

-  Preparing for the field

-  Field techniques

Once the skills for each of these sessions are marked off in your log book, your field time has been recorded and you have passed written tests 1, 2 and 3, you will have completed your British School of Falconry Level 1 Certification Course.

 

LEVEL 1

UKUSA

Session 1-------------

45 Minute Lesson------------

45 Minute Lesson

Session 2

45 Minute Lesson

45 Minute Lesson

Session 3

21⁄2 Hour Hunt

1 Hour Halk Walk

Session 4

21⁄2 Hour Hunt

2 Hour Hunt + 11⁄2 Hours Travel

Written Test 1

30 Minutes

30 Minutes

Written Test 2

45 Minutes

40 Minutes

Level 2

Level 2 consists of four practical sessions – three sessions at the school and one field session - and a written test.

Sessions

-  Imping

-  Coping

-  Using a creance

-  Field session

Once the skills for each of these sessions are marked off in your log book, your field time has been recorded and you have passed the written test, you will have completed your British School of Falconry Level 2 Certification Course.

 LEVEL 2UKUSA
Session 11½ Hour Session1½ Hour Session
Session 21½ Hour Session1½ Hour Session
Session 345 Minute Session45 Minute Session
Session 42½ Hour Hunt2 Hour Hunt + 1½ Hours Travel
Written Test 130 Minutes 30 Minutes

Level 3

Level 3 is a "furniture" or equipment-making course. It consists of four practical sessions - three sessions at the falconry school and one field session - and a written test.

Sessions

-  Aylmeri and bewits

-  Leash and tail-mounts

-  Hood-making field session

-  Field Session

Once the skills for each of these sessions are marked off in your log book, your field time has been recorded and you have passed the written test, you will have completed your British School of Falconry Level 3 Certification Course.

 LEVEL 3UKUSA
Session 145 Minute Session45 Minute Session
Session 245 Minute Session45 Minute Session
Session 33½ Hour Session2½ Hour Session
Session 42½ Hour Hunt2 Hour Hunt + 1½ Hours Travel
Written Test 130 Minutes 30 Minutes

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