Recognised qualifications in cattle foot trimming competence:

Dutch diploma

Currently the Dutch Diploma is awarded by the world renowned PTC+ Friesland College, Holland, under the direction of Pieter Kloosterman. In order to gain your Dutch Diploma you need to have attended a 4 day course and been on a Check Day with Pieter to ensure you are trimming at the necessary standard.

Diploma exams are held regularly, organised by Embryonics Ltd. Tel: 01606 854411


There are two levels of qualification available through NPTC

A stockman/herdsman level (Level 2 Certificate)
Suitable for someone who has attended 4 days of training by an approved instructor, although it is recommended you attend one further check day after consolidating your training.

A professional foot trimmer level (Level 3 Diploma)
Requires 370 hours of notional learning time, so please contact NPTC for further information. Assessment schedules are available at: Only NPTC qualified assessors are used who have attained recognised proficiency at foot trimming (qualification and peer assessed) and have pass a formal training programme.

To register for this qualification contact Marshall Clements on 01934 862288 or email who will provide details of the next assessment day.

Watch Out! Other courses may be available but it is recommended you check these are attaining a nationally recognised level of competency. Many courses will issue a certificate of attendance but will not be able issue certificates of competency. Further training may be needed to attain an appropriate level of performance.