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Certificate IV in Farriery

National Course Code: ACM40818


The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Farriery is one-of-a-kind in NSW, and progresses your skills in horse management, hoof mechanics, client liaison and managing a small equine business. Become a qualified farrier in an industry where qualifications are unique and highly valued.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Safely handle horses during a farrier service
  • Fit shoes to alleviate abnormalities
  • Make shoes, fit them correctly and create hoof care plans
  • Fabricate farrier tools
  • Organise tax and insurance for a small business


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A passion for horses
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skill
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Confidence working solo
  • An aptitude for practical tasks
  • An aptitude for working with your hands


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Industry recognition as a qualified farrier
  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own small farriery business
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Qualified farrier
  • Farrier business owner


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Performance Horse Management


This course is currently available at 2 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this course:

  • Enjoy working outdoors and are physically active
  • Have a passion for working with horses
  • Have a strong attention to detail
  • Are excellent communicators

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned, and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Written assessments which include assignments, and short answer questions
  • Practical assessments that include safely handling horses, creating shoes and fitting them to a horse
  • You may be asked to complete a workplace logbook, as well as provide photo or video evidence as assessment tasks

The Certificate II in Horse Care is an entry-level qualification into the horse sector. It provides the foundational skills needed to work in industry.

The Certificate III in Equine Hoof Care is focused upon barefoot hoof care. It places an emphasis on optimising environmental and nutritional requirements of equines to provide barefoot hoof care.

This course, the Certificate IV in Farriery gives you a competitive employment edge as a qualified farrier in an industry where most farriers do not have a qualification. You will gain real world exposure to practice your skills at an advanced level. You do not need to complete a Certificate II or III before enrolling into this course.

This course does not offer excursions. Your employment will provide behind the scenes experience.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Operating forges
  • Trimming hooves
  • Identifying faults and problems with hooves
  • Fitting horse shoes
  • Repairing and making hand tools such as a hoof pick, punch, stamp or fuller
  • Using power tools for hoof care
  • Safely handling a variety of horses

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory accompanied with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Completing farrier services for client horses
  • Establishing hoof care plans for horses
  • Fitting shoes to alleviate abnormalities and defects in hooves
  • Organising and maintaining financial records for small businesses

The TAFE NSW campuses delivering Farrier courses have industry specific Equine Facilities and Farriery workshops. Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • Stables
  • Arenas
  • Farriery workshops
  • Yards
  • All farrier tools and equipment, inclusive of anvils and forges

You will provide Farriery services to horses that live on the TAFE NSW campus.

You will also have access to industry specific computer rooms, studios, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses.

The equine industry is one of Australias largest industries. The industry is largely unregulated and most farriers do not hold a qualification, which drives significant demand for farriers who have completed this course.

This course is ideal if you are keen to get a competitive edge in the industry and run your own certified farriery business.

According to the Department of Agriculture (2019), the equine industry provides 6.3 billion dollars annually to the Australian economy. The industry is expanding rapidly in the competitive horse sports world and recreational equine pursuits. People are increasingly outsourcing the best care for their equine companion. This course will enable you to become a qualified farrier who can provide professionally sound advice for clients and equines alike, which ensures that you are providing a top level of care.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • Combination
  • Variable

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  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $3,240.00
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  • Duration: 3 Years

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