Offering Info

Certificate IV in Farriery

  • National Course Code: ACM40818
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM40818-01V02-22SCO-002

Location – Scone





Course Start Date

20 Jul 2022

Study Commitment

13 Hours per week


36 weeks

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

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:

  • Self-employed and/or working as a farrier for a minimum of 3 years.
  • ABN registration evidence of employment.
  • A copy of your Certificate III in Farriery.

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


This is a combination, variable 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 3 days a week for 36 weeks.

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday with day classes and Friday with morning classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Personal Protective Equipment which includes
  • cotton drill long sleeve shirt
  • long work pants
  • closed in boots
  • safety glasses

You must have a reliable device/computer and WIFI connection


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

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.

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