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Certificate IV in Farriery

Code: ACM40818

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Workplace and Industry, Epping


4 years full time

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Become a specialist in the equine industry

The equestrian industry includes a range of specialised professions from trainers and breeders to farriers and stablehands.

You will develop theoretical knowledge of equine anatomy, biomechanics and pathologies and the specialised skills you’ll need for equine hoof care and shoeing services.

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 horseshoe making.

We are 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
  • other farriery events.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Complete this course to become 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.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Block attendance
  • Apprenticeship
  • Online

Assessment Methods

Subjects essentially theoretical may be measured through written quizzes and assignments. 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.

Code Subject Elective Hours
ACMFAR305 Perform welding tasks using a forge Core 20
ACMFAR307 Make standard shoes for a range of equines Core 80
ACMFAR313 Trim equine hooves Core 80
ACMFAR314 Perform routine welding techniques for farriery activities Core 60
ACMFAR315 Use and maintain hand and power tools for farriery or hoof care activities Core 20
ACMFAR318 Repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery Core 60
ACMFAR319 Handle equines safely during farriery or hoof care services Core 20
ACMFAR401 Apply knowledge of equine musculoskeletal system, biomechanics and pathology for effective hoof care Core 120
ACMFAR402 Fit shoes to alleviate moderate abnormalities and defects in equines Core 100
ACMFAR403 Fit shoes to alleviate severe abnormalities and defects in equines Core 100
ACMFAR404 Use farriery techniques to meet special needs of equines Core 100
ACMFAR405 Coordinate day to day equine service operations Core 20
ACMFAR406 Work effectively in the farriery industry Core 20
ACMFAR407 Respond to emergencies and apply first aid to equines Core 50
ACMFAR408 Determine hoof care and hoof protection plans for equines Core 80
ACMFAR409 Select and fit shoes for normal healthy equines Core 100
BSBFIA301 Maintain financial records Core 60
BSBSMB303 Organise finances for the micro business Core 50
BSBSMB305 Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business Core 45
BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety Core 40
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Core 18

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $2500 $12500 $24950
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $2675 $12750 $25200
Per year $
Per semester $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 2021. 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.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Scholarships on offer

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You must be employed in the farriery industry and registered with VRQA.

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