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Farriery

Certificate III Of

Code: ACM30517

Overview

Campus

Epping

Duration

4 years full time / part time

Duration

4 years full time / part time

Next Intake

Ongoing

Become a specialist in the equine industry

Turn your passion for working with horses into a specialised career. The equestrian industry brings more than $1 billion to the Australian economy every year and includes a range of specialised professions from trainers and breeders to farriers and stablehands. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Farriery allows you to develop specialised skills you’ll need for shoeing horses as well as general equine care.

Build key skills under expert guidance

Learn key practical skills for this essential equine trade under the supervision of expert farriers. You’ll practice hands-on skills like welding, smithing and using power tools for horseshoe making, as well as learning how to detect faults and defects in horses. You can study full time or as part of on-the-job training, depending on your circumstances and goals. Either way, you can build your confidence by practicing in simulated or real work environments. Melbourne Polytechnic is the leading provider of equine studies in Victoria. Our industry connections with the Victorian Master Farriers Association and other industry bodies, offer unique opportunities for our farriery students, including workshops with Melbourne Cup-winning farriers, attending The Mustad Asian Pacific Farrier Conference and other farriery events.

A trade that lets you travel the world

After completing this course, you’ll be a fully qualified and accredited farrier, well grounded in the skills you need and work as a sub-contractor or self-employed farrier. With specialised, sought after skills, you can work anywhere around Australia and the world in a range of equine-based industries.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

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

Pathways

Graduates may go on to study the Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider).

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

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

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
ACMFAR306 MAINTAIN, REPAIR AND MANUFACTURE HAND TOOLS USED IN FARRIERY Core 50
ACMFAR305 PERFORM WELDING TASKS USING A FORGE Core 20
ACMFAR301 HANDLE EQUINES SAFELY DURING FARRIERY SERVICES Core 20
ACMFAR302 WORK EFFECTIVELY AS A FARRIER Core 20
ACMFAR304 RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES AND APPLY FIRST AID Core 50
ACMFAR303 PERFORM ROUTINE DAY-TO-DAY FARRIERY ACTIVITIES Core 20
ACMFAR311 FIT SHOES TO ALLEVIATE SEVERE FAULTS AND DEFECTS IN EQUINES Core 100
ACMFAR307 MAKE STANDARD SHOES FOR A RANGE OF EQUINES Core 80
ACMFAR310 FIX SHOES TO ALLEVIATE MODERATE FAULTS AND DEFECTS IN EQUINES Core 100
ACMFAR308 DETERMINE FOOT CARE AND SHOEING PLANS FOR EQUINES Core 80
MEM05050B PERFORM ROUTINE GAS METAL ARC WELDING Core 20
ACMFAR309 SELECT AND FIT SHOES FOR NORMAL HEALTHY EQUINES Core 100
MEM05012C PERFORM ROUTINE MANUAL METAL ARC WELDING Core 20
AHCWHS301 CONTRIBUTE TO WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES Core 50
MEM18002B USE POWER TOOLS/HAND HELD OPERATIONS Core 20
MEM05004C PERFORM ROUTINE OXY ACETYLENE WELDING Core 20
ACMSUS401 IMPLEMENT AND MONITOR ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES Core 40
ACMFAR312 USE FARRIERY TECHNIQUES TO MEET SPECIAL NEEDS OF EQUINES Core 100
SIRRINV002 CONTROL STOCK Core 35
MEM18001C USE HAND TOOLS Core 20
AHCAGB301 KEEP PRODUCTION RECORDS FOR A PRIMARY PRODUCTION BUSINESS Core 60

Fees & Costs

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$11500.00 - $17250.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

Stationery, work clothes, safety boots and safety glasses.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

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.

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract on DELTA and you will be allocated a DELTA number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an Apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.