Course Info

Certificate IV in Farriery

National Course Code: ACM40818


This course will give you a competitive edge in industry as a qualified farrier. Gain advanced skills in assessing hoof mechanics and the knowledge and resources to start up and run your own farrier business. TAFE NSW is the only provider of the nationally accredited Certificate IV in Farriery.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Safely handle horses during a farrier service
  • Fit shoes to alleviate abnormalities
  • Make shoes and fit them correctly
  • Fabricate farrier tools
  • Create hoof care plans
  • Understand anatomy and pathology for hoof care
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Organise tax and insurance for a small business


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead in this career:

  • Calm and patient nature
  • The ability to follow direction
  • Excellent communication skills


Completing this course will provide 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

Career opportunities:

  • Qualified Farrier working for an employer or in your own business


Take your career a step further:

  • Diploma of Diploma of Performance Horse Management


The equine industry is rapidly expanding in both competitive horse sports and recreational equine pursuits. TAFE NSW is the only provider of the Certificate IV in Farriery, and we ensure you gain industry standard skills, combined with excellent business resources and tools.


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
  • Blended

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

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