Certificate IV in Farriery - ACM40818


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification provides a trade outcome in farriery. It relates to the work activities undertaken by a farrier who is engaged or employed to provide equine hoof care and shoeing services. Farriers are generally self-employed, working autonomously and taking responsibility for their own functions and outputs in a range of varied contexts that may be complex and non-routine. Farriers require theoretical knowledge of equine anatomy, biomechanics and pathologies and the ability to apply knowledge to technical solutions for a range of predictable and unpredictable problems. The ability to interpret and accurately communicate information to owners/carers and veterinarians concerning equine hoof and shoe care and related health issues in a variety of circumstances is required. To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of ACMFAR405 Coordinate day to day equine service operations.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • Repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery
  • Make standard shoes for a range of equines
  • Work effectively in the farriery industry
  • Determine hoof care and hoof protection plans for equines
  • Perform routine welding techniques for farriery activities
  • Handle equines safely during farriery or hoof care services
  • Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business
  • Use farriery techniques to meet special needs of equines
  • Select and fit shoes for normal healthy equines
  • Fit shoes to alleviate moderate abnormalities and defects in equines
  • Use and maintain hand and power tools for farriery or hoof care activities
  • Organise finances for the micro business
  • Maintain financial records
  • Provide first aid
  • Apply knowledge of equine musculoskeletal system, biomechanics and pathology for effective hoof care
  • Perform welding tasks using a forge
  • Coordinate day-to-day equine service operations
  • Respond to emergencies and apply first aid to equines
  • Fit shoes to alleviate severe abnormalities and defects in equines
  • Maintain workplace safety
  • Trim equine hooves

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Richmond College No
  • Full-time : 3 years
Scone Campus No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 3 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Richmond College.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:You must provide your own sleeved shirt/Cotton, drill, long pants, closed in boots, safety glass/s and ear plugs.

Campuses: Scone Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:- electronic course notes and ancillary reference materials are available in hard copy through Inteliprint (www.inteliprint.com.au/estore)

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