This is an Award developed by Lantra, the Hawk Board, and professional falconers, which gives beginners or more experienced falconers a real qualification in their chosen pastime or profession.

The Award is both for non-professional falconers, and for anyone wishing to make a career or volunteering to work with raptors, such as in centres, zoos and for bird control operatives. It is often a mandatory requirement for candidates for such positions.

The only nationally-recognised falconry/raptor management qualification!

For those for whom falconry is their passion, the Lantra Falconry Award shows the world that they have a level of competency in the art of falconry.

Chris Miller Falconry is a registered Lantra Administration Point, and we can give you all the help you need to complete the Award, along with an independent assessment leading to the achievement of the Award and Lantra Falconry Certificate.

The Award consists of three units. Unit 1 and 2 have to be completed to achieve the Falconry Award.

Unit 1: Bird of Prey management and husbandry

  • Module 1 Housing
  • Module 2 Hygiene
  • Module 3 Feeding and food preparation
  • Module 4 Health
  • Module 5 Species suitability and legislation

Unit 2: Basic Falconry techniques

  • Module 6 Purchasing your first bird
  • Module 7 Essential equipment
  • Module 8 Picking up and carrying
  • Module 9 Feeding and manning
  • Module 10 Weighing and weight management
  • Module 11 Flying to the fist

Unit 3: Conditioning and flying free a bird of prey

  • Module 12 Flying free
  • Module 13 Getting fit
  • Module 14 Preparing a bird of prey for hawking
  • Module 15 Entering on artificial prey
  • Module 16 Practical radio tracking

To complete the Lantra course, Parts 1 and 2, beginners will require 5 days of tuition.

To complete Parts 1, 2 and 3 beginners will need 7 days of tuition.

Existing falconers should need fewer days, and we can ascertain what you may need when you give us a call.

Tuition days do not have to be consecutive, and may be split into blocks or separate days. In fact, it is beneficial to have breaks in tuition days so that the student can write up or assimilate information ready for the assessment.


For a total beginner to achieve the Lantra “Beginning Falconry” award, Units 1 and 2, the training and assessment will usually* take five days (£500.00), although these days don’t necessarily have to be taken together. Splitting the tuition days, with the opportunity for the candidate to study in between, may possibly reduce the number of days.

The assessment fee is £90.00.

Unit 3 usually* entails a further two day’s tuition (total £730.00) and the assessment fee is a total of £120.00 for all three parts.

The candidate registration/issue of the certificate from Lantra is a one-off cost of £25.00.

*It should be noted that the time taken to attain enough knowledge and skill to pass the assessment is dependent on the candidate’s prior knowledge.