National code: MEM30319

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Blacksmithing)

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Overview About this course

Be armed with a wide range of specialist forging, tempering and heat treatment processes and utilise your creative practical streak. Join the history-rich blacksmithing market or your chosen industry with confidence and employability.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Obtain engineering measurements and prepare freehand sketches to depict information

  • Hand and hammer forge and shape

  • Apply skills in heat quenching, tempering and annealing

  • Confidently select appropriate heat treatment processes

  • Undertake a range of welding techniques

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • The ability to create welded and fabricated forged and shaped components commonly used in blacksmithing

  • The confidence to understand and select appropriate heat treatment processes

  • A nationally accredited trade qualification at Certificate III level

  • Credits towards a Certificate IV qualification to enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Boilermaking/welding) as an apprenticeship only.


  • To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in industry

  • Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

  • Good hand-eye coordination and attention to detail

  • An interest in blacksmithing principles and concepts

  • An aptitude for working with your hands and creativity

  • A desire to pursue a career as a blacksmith, welder, metal forger, farrier or metal designer

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: blacksmith, farrier, welder, metal forger and metal designer.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Blacksmithing) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 96 units of competency, including 33 core and 63 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering MEM13015

  • Plan work activities MEM14006

  • Organise and communicate information MEM16006

  • Interact with computing technology MEM16008

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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