About this website:

falconry course

This is the learning portal from Raptor Awards Community Interest Company (not-for-profit)

Here you can find all the courses currently available from Raptor Awards (CIC).

From absolute beginner to professional falconer, we have courses of interest to all raptor keepers in the UK and around the world.

Raptor Awards CIC is the only international educational body dedicated to improving the welfare of birds of prey and owls in the care and control of man. We work with a network of approved centres and instructors, all of whom are highly experienced professionals who have met our exacting standards.

Raptor Awards Courses are the only courses  based on the National standards for bird of prey welfare;  Read more about our expert panel and the evolution of the  National Standards here:   Link to the National Standards

Raptor Awards CIC is a not for profit body dedicated to bird of prey welfare.  We have no shareholders and rely on volunteers and our patrons for support and expert opinion.

All courses on this web site can be studied online for our theory certificates, or you can choose to work with an approved centre or approved instructor to gain hands-on experience and skills.

If you would like to find Raptor Awards Approved Courses and Instructors, please check out our Register.


Please note: Raptor Awards Certificates are awarded to candidates who can demonstrate their background knowledge, understanding and skills.  Some courses may be studied online at any time, with or without the support of an approved instructor/assessor.  Theory-only certificates can be awarded upon submission of a portfolio of work and completion of the relevant online knowledge tests.

To be awarded  full certificates you will need to undertake a formal assessment by an approved Raptor Awards Instructor/assessor. 



Learn more about Raptor Awards, the work we do, the raptor specific training on offer and our network of Approved Training Providers


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