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Pre-Certification Clinics

Introduction

The following program was developed to more accurately prepare candidates for the Certification program. It is broken down into 9 terminal objectives and supported by 16 enabling objectives. Each topic covers an enabling objective. The entire course was designed to take a candidate from introduction to the certification process to completion of the CJF exam. However, any chapter can schedule a single topic, in any order, based on the current needs of their members. Each topic is allotted a time to complete based on a 1:5 trainer to candidate ratio and lists all materials that the host chapter will need to provide for the lesson. This format allows host chapters to tailor focused instruction for each of their candidates. Understanding that each chapter has different needs when it comes to preparing their members for Certification, this program was designed to address the individual needs of the chapter. Host chapters are encouraged to poll their members on their pre-certification needs, and then schedule accordingly. When host chapters schedule a Pre Certification Clinic, each day will be limited to 8 hours of instruction time. 

PRE-CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE AND INSTRUCTORS

Click here for the Pre-Certification Committee and Instructors page.

Certification Guide

Purchase the AFA Certification Guide in our online store. 

To Schedule a Pre-Certification Clinic

The AFA Pre-Certification program is affordable, standardized and can be custom tailored to meet each certification candidate’s wants and needs. If you’re a candidate, we encourage you to take advantage of the AFA’s turn-key program designed to help you succeed!

For further information or to schedule a Pre-Certification Clinic, please contact Hank Chisholm, CJF or any of the following regional supervisors:

Region 1: Brian Bonnel, CJF
Region 2: Jacob Manning, CJF
Region 3: Donnie Perkinson, CJF, DipWCF
Region 4: Daniel Jones, CJF
Region 5: Carl Via, CJF  

Pre-Certification Application form [PDF].

Lesson Topics

P-1) The Rules of the Game

Introduction to the certification program
2 Hours
Materials needed: Certification handbook

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the written, forging and practical portions of the AFA Certification Test

P-2) Developing good study habits and test taking techniques

Effectively preparing for, and taking the written test
2 Hours
Materials needed: Classroom environment, including whiteboard and/or chalkboard

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the written portion of the CF, CTF, or CJF Test

P-3) Anatomy and Physiology (part1)

In depth lecture covering bones, tendons, and ligaments of the limb
6 Hours
Materials needed: Classroom environment, cadaver leg, or hoof models

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the written portion of the CF, CTF, or CJF Test

P-4) Anatomy and Physiology (part 2)

In depth lecture covering pathologies of previously discussed anatomy, and to also include shoeing techniques for therapy
6 Hours
Materials needed: Classroom environment, cadaver leg, or hoof models

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the written portion of the CF,CTF, or CJF Test

P-5) The Shoe Display (part 1)

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on help covering uses for and how to build the first half of the CF shoe display
8 Hours
Materials needed: Certification handbook and patterns, forging station, assorted machine made shoes and barstock.

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the forging portion of the CF Test

P-6) The Shoe Display (part 2)

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on help covering uses for and how to build the second half of the CF shoe display
8 Hours
Materials needed: Certification handbook and patterns, forging station, assorted machine made shoes and barstock

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the forging portion of the CF Test

P-7) Routine, Routine, Routine

Lecture, demonstration, and hands-on instruction covering development of a routine during the practical shoeing phases of the test
6 hours
Materials needed: Certification handbook, forging station, and live horses

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the practical shoeing portion of the CF test

P-8) Tool maintenance

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on instruction covering preparation and maintenance of tools used in the practical portion of the test.
4 Hours
Materials needed: Forging station, belt sander, buffing wheel or hone, chop saw or band saw

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the practical forging portion of the CF, CTF or CJF Test

P-9) The Bar shoe (part 1)

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on instruction that covers making the straight bar
4 hours
Materials needed: Certification handbook, patterns, forging station, barstock

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the forging portion of the CJF Test

P-10) The Bar shoe (part 2)

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on instruction that covers fitting the straight bar
4 hours
Materials needed: Certification handbook, patterns, forging station, barstock

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the forging portion of the CJF Test

P-11) Honing your Measurements

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on instruction covering development of a measurement system for the practical portions of the CTF & CJF exam
2 hours
Materials needed: Forging station, patterns, cadaver legs, or live horses

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the practical forging and shoeing portions of the CTF or CJF test

P-12) The 3 heat shoe

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on instruction that covers building speed and efficiency for the practical portion of the CTF & CJF exam
4 hours
Materials needed: Forging station, barstock

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the practical forging and shoeing portions of the CTF or CJF tests

P-13) Fitting the clip

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on instruction that covers the fitting of clips for the CTF and CJF practical portions
4 hours
Materials needed: Forging station, cadaver legs, or live horses

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the practical forging and shoeing portions of the CTF or CJF test

P-14) The Trim: Building the foundation

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on instruction that covers the trim for the practical portion of the CF, CTF, and CJF exams
4 hours
Materials needed: Certification handbook, cadaver legs, or live horses

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the practical shoeing portion of the CF, CTF, or CJF test

P-15) Making it fit

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on instruction that covers fit, length and expansion for the practical portion of the CF, CTF, and CJF exams
8 hours
Materials needed: Certification handbook, forging station, cadaver legs, or live horses

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the practical forging and shoeing portions of the CF, CTF or CJF test

P-16) The Finish

Demonstration, lecture, and hands on instruction that covers finish for the practical portion of the CF, CTF, and CJF exams
2 hours
Materials needed: Certification handbook, forging station, cadaver legs, or live horses

Terminal objectives supported by this topic: Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skill to pass the practical shoeing portion of the CF, CTF or CJF test