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Bespoke Saddler

Making and repairing horse saddles.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
24 months
Current funding band
Up to £9,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer, but typically candidates will have experience working with leather products. Being able to double hand and single/back stitch would be an advantage.

What apprentices will learn
  • pattern measuring and construction
  • hand and machine stitching
  • using, maintaining and storing work equipment
  • how to select and buy the right materials
  • assembling and finishing products

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • have achieved English and maths GCSE grades 9 to 4 (equivalent to A* to C)
  • have completed a level 3 diploma in saddlery (bridle and saddle making)
Professional registration

Apprentices will be eligible to register as a provisional individual qualified bespoke saddler with the Society of Master Saddlers UK after completing their apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment

There are no end point assessment organisations for this standard yet. There is a monthly application process for organisations interested in delivering end-point assessment. New organisations are added regularly.

If you have an urgent need to select an assessment organisation for this standard, please email with details.