ACM30517 Certificate III in Farriery (superseded)

The Certificate III in Farriery currently being taught at UQ Skills has been superseded and there are plans in place for transition to a new ACM40418 Certificate IV in Farriery from 2020.

To enrol in the new  ACM40818 Certificate IV in Farriery you must be employed with a farrier. The training is a mixture of on-the-job training and study at UQ Gatton Campus over four years (full time).

Apprentices already working in the field may be eligible for exemptions and/or transfers. You must complete all units to a total of 1035 hours to obtain the qualification. Accredited farriers are also eligible to work towards a Certificate III in Racing (either Advanced Stablehand or Thoroughbred Trackrider) or the Certificate IV in Racing (Thoroughbred Owner Trainer).

The Queensland Master Farriers Association (QMFA) in conjunction with UQ Skills, use and employ highly accredited and professional master farriers to deliver all equine-related management and specific farriery skills to industry standards.

UQ Skills' welding and business trainers hold all necessary vocational training qualifications to teach the courses and give all appropriate assistance to the trainees.

Alternative pathways

High school apprenticeship

The first year is undertaken part time during Years 11 and 12. Apprentices then convert to a full-time basis for their second, third and fourth years. High school apprentices are fully funded by SAT. Fees may apply once the student has completed high school. (Government funding arrangements are subject to change).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Candidates who already possess industry experience and have the required skills and knowledge will be assessed through the RPL process. The process must be completed within a 12-month period and some gap training may be required at the cost of the candidate.

RPL candidates may be required to travel to UQ Gatton Campus for ‘gap training’, which may incur a fee. Travel and accommodation costs are payable by the candidate. RPL and gap training costs are dependent on individual needs. Qualifications are only issued after payment has been received in full.

Find more information about the RPL process.

Program overview

Candidates must successfully complete the following 21 units:

  • ACMFAR301 Handle equines safely during farriery services
  • ACMFAR302 Work effectively as a farrier
  • ACMFAR303 Perform routine day-to-day farriery activities
  • ACMFAR304 Respond to emergencies and apply first aid
  • ACMFAR305 Perform welding tasks using a forge
  • ACMFAR306 Maintain, repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery
  • ACMFAR307 Make standard shoes for a range of equines
  • ACMFAR308 Determine foot care and shoeing plans for equines
  • ACMFAR309 Select and fit shoes for normal healthy equines
  • ACMFAR310 Fit shoes to alleviate moderate faults and defects in equines
  • ACMFAR311 Fit shoes to alleviate severe faults and defects in equines
  • ACMFAR312 Use farriery techniques to meet special needs of equines
  • ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • AHCAGB301 Keep records for a primary production business
  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • MEM05004C Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
  • MEM05012C Perform routine manual metal arc welding
  • MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • MEM18001C Use hand tools
  • MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
  • SIRRINV002 Control stock.

Industry approval

UQ Skills holds annual industry engagement days to enable the industry and QMFA to inspect our course, facilities and apprentices, providing valuable feedback from employers and those in the farriery industry.

Veterinary clinic

Apprentices can take advantage of The University of Queensland’s veterinary facilities where they can participate in therapeutic/remedial shoeing clinics in consultation with some of the country’s most respected veterinarians.

National Farrier Apprenticeship Championship 

This competition is hosted regularly at The University of Queensland Gatton Campus on a rotational basis.

All apprentices are supported in their participation of this championship.

Hot Shoeing Clinic

This clinic is supported by the Professional Farriers’ and Blacksmiths Association of Queensland and hosted at the UQ Gatton Campus. All farriers and industry are welcome to attend.

More information

Policies and programs

UQ Skills policies are all outlined in the 2020 Student HandbookInformation about all our programs can be found in the 2020 Programs Guide.

Unique Student Identifier Information (USI)

All students must provide a Unique Student Identifier before their enrolment can be accepted.

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of upload and are subject to change. UQ Skills reserves the right to change programs, subjects or costs or to cancel a program based on consideration of student numbers and resource allocation. Ensure that you understand the program, subjects, associated costs and fee liability prior to signing an enrolment form. RTO #1511

Program details


You will train four years full time or eight years part time.

Three years of the training will be conducted on the UQ Gatton Campus.


Classes generally take place at UQ Gatton Campus (Equine Precinct) every Friday with activities using on-campus horses and veterinary facilities.

Delivery mode


Entry requirements

You must already have a place in an apprenticeship with a registered farrier.

Fees for Australian students

Contact UQ Skills for information about fees.

Express your interest

To express your interest, download and submit our Expression of interest form.