Are you interested in working with and shoeing horses? Saddle up for a career in the horse trade with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Farriery.This course will allow you to develop the broad range of practical skills you need for this essential equine trade.
A trade that lets you travel the world
You’ll be sought after for your skills as a fully qualified, accredited farrier. Your skills can take you around Australia and the world as you shoe horses in a range of equine industries.
Set for the equine industry with Melbourne Polytechnic
Melbourne Polytechnic’s thorough, four-year apprenticeship training will ensure you are well grounded in all the skills needed to fit and care for equine needs.
Our hands-on teaching from expert farriers will set you up to work as a sub-contractor or self-employed farrier.
Skills range from smithing and welding to business, equine health and occupational health and safety.
You may also be interested in enrolling in the Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand), a qualification Melbourne Polytechnic offers on-the-job as part of workplace and industry training, or as a full-time course run at Northern Lodge.
Develop practical skills in a broad range of areas, including:
- horse shoe making
- farriery services
- faults and defects in horses
- shoeing plans
- handheld and power tools.
Subjects essentially theoretical may be measured through oral questioning in class, written tests, assignments and personal research projects. Practical skills will be assessed by teaching staff, and through industry assessments such as on the job assessment or workplace simulation.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
CampusesEpping, Workplace & Industry
DepartmentAgriculture and Animal Studies
Class Schedule: *
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor
Modes of Delivery
Block attendance, Apprenticeship
Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsSubjects essentially theoretical may be measured through oral questioning in class, written tests, assignments and personal research projects. Practical skills will be assessed by staff, and through industry assessments such as on the job assessment or workplace simulation
MaterialsStationery, work clothes, safety boots and safety glasses.
Entrance RequirementsThere are no formal educational prerequisites for entry into this course. However, students must be 16 years of age at the commencement of the course. This course is not offered as a Schools Based Apprenticeship. It is expected that prospective students have basic literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to Year 9 level. To qualify as an accredited farrier, the prospective student must meet the assessment criteria in all 21 modules in the Certificate III in Farriery delivered in the course. The student must also complete a first aid qualification such as the St John's Ambulance, Red Cross or Workplace Level II Certificate within the first year of their apprenticeship.
Pathways to further studyGraduates may go on to study the Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand) or Certificate III in Racing (Thoroughbred Trackrider).
Career PathwaysThis apprenticeship is an accredited course, which will equip students for employment in the farriery trade.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|ACMFAR301||Handle equines safely during farriery services||20|
|ACMFAR302||Work effectively as a farrier||20|
|ACMFAR303||Perform routine day-to-day farriery activities||20|
|ACMFAR304||Respond to emergencies and apply first aid||50|
|ACMFAR305||Perform welding tasks using a forge||20|
|ACMFAR306||Maintain, repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery||50|
|ACMFAR307||Make standard shoes for a range of equines||80|
|ACMFAR308||Determine foot care and shoeing plans for equines||80|
|ACMFAR309||Select and fit shoes for normal healthy equines||100|
|ACMFAR310||Fit shoes to alleviate moderate faults and defects in equines||100|
|ACMFAR311||Fit shoes to alleviate severe faults and defects in equines||100|
|ACMFAR312||Use farriery techniques to meet special needs of equines||100|
|ACMSUS401||Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices||40|
|AHCAGB301||Keep production records for a primary production business||60|
|AHCWHS301||Contribute to work health and safety processes||50|
|MEM05004C||PERFORM ROUTINE OXY ACETYLENE WELDING||20|
|MEM05012C||PERFORM ROUTINE MANUAL METAL ARC WELDING||20|
|MEM05050B||PERFORM ROUTINE GAS METAL ARC WELDING||20|
|MEM18001C||USE HAND TOOLS||20|
|MEM18002B||USE POWER TOOLS/HAND HELD OPERATIONS||20|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.