Courses

Certificate III in Farriery

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.

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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
  • welding
  • farriery services
  • faults and defects in horses
  • shoeing plans
  • handheld and power tools.

Assessment

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.

Contact

For any additional information on the Certificate III in Farriery, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

ACM30510

Campuses

EPPING, WORKPLACE & INDUSTRY

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 4 years


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 Career Advisor

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$3800
Ineligible:$5100
Concession:$760

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Find out more on fees and charges

View 2016 Fees

Assessment Methods

Subjects 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

Materials

Stationery, work clothes, safety boots and safety glasses.

Entrance Requirements

There 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 study

Graduates may go on to study the Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand) or Certificate III in Racing (Thoroughbred Trackrider).

Career Pathways

This apprenticeship is an accredited course, which will equip students for employment in the farriery trade.

Enrolment Intake

  • February

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.

Code Subjects Hours
ACMFAR301A HANDLE HORSES SAFELY IN THE PROVISION OF FARRIERY SERVICES 20
ACMFAR302A WORK EFFECTIVELY AS A FARRIER IN THE EQUINE INDUSTRY 20
ACMFAR303A Perform routine day-to-day farriery activities 20
ACMFAR304A RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES AND APPLY ESSENTIAL FIRST AID IN THE EQUINE INDUSTRIES 50
ACMFAR305A PERFORM WELDING TASKS USING A FORGE 20
ACMFAR306A MAINTAIN, REPAIR AND MANUFACTURE HAND TOOLS USED IN FARRIERY 60
ACMFAR307A MAKE STANDARD SHOES FOR A RANGE OF HORSES 80
ACMFAR308A DETERMINE FOOT CARE AND SHOEING PLANS FOR HORSES 80
ACMFAR309A FIT SHOES FOR NORMAL HEALTHY HORSES 100
ACMFAR310A FIT SHOES TO ALLEVIATE MODERATE FAULTS AND DEFECTS IN HORSES 100
ACMFAR311A FIT SHOES TO ALLEVIATE SEVERE FAULTS AND DEFECTS IN HORSES 100
ACMFAR312A Accommodate special needs of particular horses through farriery techniques 100
ACMSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 40
AHCAGB301A Keep records for primary production business 60
AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS 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
SIRXINV002A MAINTAIN AND ORDER STOCK 35

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.