Beginning Falconry


Since Falconry involvies the care and attention of a wild animal, it is important that you have a key understanding of what is involved and that you have the commitment and enthusiasm in order to ensure that the bird of prey is looked after and handled with absolute care and respect.

In order to help you with your journey in Falconry, Lantra has, together with the Hawk Board and with the help of professional Falconers throughout the UK, developed a training course for you, whether you are new to falconry or if you are experienced and would like to receive accreditation.

The Lantra course in Falconry will provide you with the relevant background knowledge and practical skills necessary to keep a bird of prey in a safe and healthy condition, and allow you to demonstrate all aspects of bird of prey management and husbandry, up to flying to the fist on a line or creance.

Who is it for?

Lantra’s Falconry course is for you whether you are new to falconry or if you are experienced and would like to receive accreditation. Lantra has divided the award into two mandatory units and one optional unit, which are:

  • Unit 1. Bird of prey management and husbandry (Mandatory)
  • Unit 2. Basic falconry techniques (Mandatory)
  • Unit 3: Conditioning and flying free a bird of prey (Optional).

This Award has been designed to assess your competence with regards to keeping a bird of prey in a safe and healthy condition, and you must be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary background knowledge as well as the practical skills that this involves.

Having registered with Achieve-Ability Plus you will be allocated an Assessor, they will be a Falconer who is experienced with a number of different types of birds of prey. Your assessment will involve you putting together evidence within your supplied workbook and collecting (with the support of your assessor) samples of your competence relating to the units listed above. These can be written, photographic, video clips, diagrams or verbal descriptions. Your Assessor will recommend you for the Award when they are happy that you have fulfilled the requirements and passed all assessments, you will then receive your certificate in ‘Beginning Falconry’ from Lantra Awards.

What will you get from it?

You will receive a nationally recognised certificate, detailing each unit passed. This shows that you hold the skills necessary to keep a bird of prey in a happy, healthy condition and puts you in a well trained position for the future.

If you value looking after birds of prey well, then you and others associated with this profession will value the certificate.