Study at home

Bird of Prey Courses.

Why study at Home?

Sometimes it’s just not convenient for you to attend a formal course at a Falconry Centre, or to take private lessons with a mentor, but that doesn’t mean you cannot learn about the care and training of birds of prey.

All Raptor Awards Certificated Courses are a mix of theory and practical.   In July 2020 we introduced ‘Theory-only’ Certificates for candidates who prefer to take the study-at-home option.  You can use these certificates to upgrade to full certification in the future with a practical assessment.

1.‘ Keeping birds of prey’. 

This bird of prey course is suitable for anyone who intends to keep an owl or bird of prey in an aviary.

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It comprises 5 modules covering: accommodation, feeding, health, catching and restraining, and legislation. Each module features an overview of the subject, and includes a downloadable worksheet. References to sources of information and text books and an online quiz where you can test your growing knowledge.

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2. ‘Training and flying birds of prey’

Building on the knowledge developed in ‘Keeping birds of prey’, this bird of prey course is ideal for candidates who intend to regularly handle and fly their bird of prey without restraint.  An ideal bird of prey course if you intend to fly or hunt with your hawk

Falconry courses

It comprises 4 modules covering: Falconry furniture and equipment, Species characteristics, initial training, manning and weight management, and flying an unrestrained bird of prey.

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3. ‘Combined Bird of Prey Course’.   

This ‘all-in-one’ bird of prey course packages all 9 modules together into one convenient place.

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Help and support.

These are self-study courses where you set your own pace., however, you can ask for help and guidance from the team at Raptor Awards at any time, or, better yet, why not build a relationship with one of our approved Instructor/assessors.

If you would like to talk to one of our approved instructors / mentors, check out the Register of Professional Falconers.  Everyone listed in this professional register have demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience, and meet the Raptor Awards standards.

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Upon successful completion of all parts of the course you will receive a certificate of achievement.

If, at any time in the future you wish to complete a practical skills course you can apply for a full certificate when your assessor is confident that you meet our competence standards

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