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Certificate IV in Farriery


Certificate IV in Farriery ACM40818

Course Overview

Interested in becoming a farrier? You'll be a shoe-in after studying the Certificate IV in Farriery. This qualification provides a trade outcome in farriery, where farriers are employed to provide equine hoof care and shoeing services.

Students undertaking this course will learn theoretical knowledge of equine anatomy, biomechanics, and pathologies, and the ability to apply knowledge to technical solutions for a range of predictable and unpredictable problems. Participants will also graduate with the ability to interpret and accurately communicate information to owners/carers and veterinarians concerning equine hoof and shoe care, and related health issues in a variety of circumstances.

This course is delivered to apprentices only via blended learning.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course will enable graduates to care for equine hoofs and shoeing in a range of equine areas.

Farriers are generally self-employed, working autonomously and taking responsibility for their own functions across varied contexts.

Further Study

Graduates wishing to continue with their studies may wish to undertake the:

  • 22513VIC Certificate III in Equine Studies
  • RGR30619 Certificate III in Horse Breeding

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Apprentices only - Open from 15th August - Block release 3 days / 2022

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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Training package entry requirements

There are no training package requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course, applicants must:

  • Undertake an induction interview to ensure their suitability and ensure that this qualification is the most appropriate training program to suit their individual needs and goals.
  • Complete a BKSB (Basic Key Skills Builder) test to ensure the required language, literacy, and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • Prospective apprenticeship students are required to apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with their employer to organise their apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course.

Applicants must also:

  • Have a moderate level of physical fitness, agility, and strength.
  • Be over 15 years of age at the time the course commences.
  • Be able to attend all block-release practical dates.
  • Attend and participate in the weekly webinars.*
  • Complete a self-assessment of their horse skills.
    *80% attendance required
Core Units
Perform welding tasks using a forge
Make standard shoes for a range of equines
Trim equine hooves
Perform routine welding techniques for farriery activities
Use and maintain hand and power tools for farriery or hoof care activities
Repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery
Handle equines safely during farriery or hoof care services
Apply knowledge of equine musculoskeletal system, biomechanics and pathology for effective hoof care
Fit shoes to alleviate moderate abnormalities and defects in equines
Fit shoes to alleviate severe abnormalities and defects in equines
Use farriery techniques to meet special needs of equines
Coordinate day-to-day equine service operations
Work effectively in the farriery industry
Respond to emergencies and apply first aid to equines
Determine hoof care and hoof protection plans for equines
Select and fit shoes for normal healthy equines
Maintain financial records
Organise finances for the micro business
Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business
Maintain workplace safety
Provide First Aid

Assessment methods include:

  • Questions - written (including online) and oral questions
  • Observations and demonstrations
  • Portfolios and products
  • Third-party feedback (supporting evidence)

This course is delivered to apprentices via a blend of workplace delivery, block training, and online learning and assessment. Students are provided with a training plan at the commencement of the course, which outlines their course structure, and they are also given an induction into the goLearn, where their learning materials and assessments are delivered.

Students attend campus for 8 block training sessions in years 1-3 and GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace 4 times per year over the duration of their course. In between block training students are required to undertake structured online learning through goLearn where they read learning materials, watch videos, and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study. Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessment tasks in their own time and they consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks in the workplace.

Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training. Students have access to trainers for the duration of their course and can schedule a one-on-one phone call outside of working hours if required.

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Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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