Offering Info

Certificate IV in Farriery

  • National Course Code: ACM40818
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM40818-01V01-22SCO-099

Location – Scone (Apprenticeship)


Full Time



Course Start Date


Study Commitment

13 Hours per week


3 years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Farriery is a one-of-a-kind course in NSW. Be highly valued as a qualified farrier with the skills to create and carry out hoof care plans, fit shoes and organise small business operations.


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 skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Confidence working solo


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Industry recognition as a qualified farrier
  • A nationally recognised 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


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Performance Horse Management

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate IV in Farriery as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.

To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the farriery industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

There may be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice. To be eligible as a non-apprentice, you must:

  • Be employed and under the supervision of a qualified farrier as evidenced by a letter from your employer OR
  • Be self-employed as a farrier as evidenced by your Australian Business Number (ABN) registration for your farrier business

Enquire today and one of our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements.


Due to the practical nature of this course, you will need to complete at least 120 hours of onsite learning with your employer or through your own farriery business for unit ACMFAR405.

You will also complete 2160 hours of unstructured workplace activities. You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our team can offer support and guidance to assist you.


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

  • The desire to work outdoors with horses every day
  • The ability to rise early for morning starts
  • Your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including enclosed protective footwear and protective clothing
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified Qualified farrier after successful completion

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a full-time combination course. You must attend approximately 13 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 8 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 0-3 days a week for 3 Years.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.


There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Scone (Apprenticeship)
Phone 131 601

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