Please note: These Raptor Awards Courses comprise both theory and practical skills.
You can study for your ‘Theory Certificate’ using the resources and recommended reading materials in this online portal. Your personal learning area and course materials are immediately available as soon as you have registered and paid for your first course.
For Full Certification (Theory and Practice) you will need to be formally assessed by one of our Approved Assessors. Formal courses offered by our Approved Instructor/Assessors can be found in our Register
Keeping Birds of Prey (Theory and Practice)
Designed for anyone who would like to keep a bird of prey or owl. Five modules including: Accommodation, Feeding, Health, catching and restraining, and legislation.
A certificated course comprising knowledge and understanding of the subject plus a practical assessment by a Raptor Awards Approved Instructor/assessor.
Training Birds of Prey (Theory and Practice)
This course is for those who intend to handle their bird of prey or owl and to let it fly free.
This is a follow-on course from Keeping birds of prey.
This course comprises 4 modules as follows: Falconry Furniture and Equipment, Species and types and their characteristics, Initial training, manning and weight management, Flying an unrestrained bird of prey or owl.
To receive your theory certificate for this course you must demonstrate a sound background knowledge about birds of prey and their training, or, work with one of our Approved Instructors and gain full certification (Theory and Practice).
Combined Course (Theory and Practice)
Study both these courses at once -Keeping Birds of Prey and Training Birds of Prey.
All 9 modules in one convenient place.
Takes you from the earliest stages of choosing the correct bird of prey for you, right through to releasing it for the first time to fly free and to return safely to your hand.
Module 9 – Flying unrestrained birds of prey (Theory and Practice)
If you want to fly a bird of prey, this short course could be for you. This is a stand-alone module suitable for new bird of prey keepers who need the knowledge and skills to fly your hawk or owl completely unrestrained.
Originally designed for candidates who have previously been certificated for modules C1 to C8, and who wish to complete their studies, this module is now available for anyone interested in the mechanics of free-flying and safely recovering your bird of prey.
It covers all aspects of flying and recalling birds of prey including preparation, fitness training, recall options, transport to and from flying locations and more.
Certification for Theory Only, or Full Certification after a practical assessment.