Certificate III in Farriery

This qualification provides a trade outcome in farriery. It relates to the work activities undertaken by a farrier who is engaged or employed to provide foot care services to horses with limited supervision in a defined range of varied contexts that may be complex and non-routine. The duties require judgement and the ability to accurately communicate information concerning horse health related to foot care and performance to owners as well as the ability to interpret and relay information covering a variety of circumstances.

Job role

The job role and title covered by this qualification includes:



Packaging Rules

A total of twenty one (21) units of competency must be achieved as specified below.

Complete twenty one (21) CORE units.

CORE: Complete the following twenty one (21) units

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Handle horses safely in the provision of farriery services

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Work effectively as a farrier in the equine industries

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Perform routine day-to-day farriery activities

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Respond to emergencies and apply essential first aid in the equine industries

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Perform welding tasks using a forge

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Maintain, repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery

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Make standard shoes for a range of horses

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Determine foot care and shoeing plans for horses

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Fit shoes for normal healthy horses

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Fit shoes to alleviate moderate faults and defects in horses

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Fit shoes to alleviate severe faults and defects in horses

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Accommodate special needs of particular horses through farriery techniques

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Contribute to occupational health and safety processes

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Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

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Perform routine oxy acetylene welding

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Perform routine manual metal arc welding

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Perform routine gas metal arc welding

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Use hand tools

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Use power tools/hand held operations

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Keep records for a primary production business

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Maintain and order stock


    Pathways into the qualification

    direct entry

    vocational training and/or work experience or skills recognition.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake higher level study for further pathway advancement.

    Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory or Certifications Considerations

    There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


complete standard documentation

confirm relevant industry and workplace requirements

provide relevant work-related information to others

ensure records are accurate and legible

establish effective working relationships with colleagues

support team communication practices

understand personal and team requirements of relevant industry and workplace standards, regulations and policies

use communication technologies efficiently.


demonstrate and encourage others in working cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

explain and implement work team reporting requirements

monitor work team tasks in accordance with regulatory and workplace requirements

provide support to team members

undertake appropriate and effective communication with team members.

Problem solving

evaluate skill requirements of work tasks

identify risks and implement risk control measures

implement animal care and management procedures

monitor and anticipate problems that may arise during workplace operations, including hazards and risks and take appropriate action to report or solve the problems within scope of responsibilities

provide problem solving support to team members

use assertive communication and/or conflict resolution skills to manage situations with clients who are distressed or in conflict with animal welfare or care directions

use problem solving techniques to determine work requirements.

Initiative and enterprise

contribute to and promote continuous improvement processes

identify non-conformances to standards and take appropriate action

identify, assess and act on existing and potential risks

monitor and adjust activity in response to operational variations

rectify problems promptly and appropriately

seek and provide feedback on procedures and processes.

Planning and organising

contribute to continuous improvement and planning processes

determine work requirements in order to complete in appropriate timeframes

ensure work equipment, materials and tools are ready and available for required tasks

plan work tasks for self and others as required

report and assist with implementing contingency plan promptly when incidents occur.


conduct regular housekeeping activities to maintain a clean and hygienic work area

identify and apply safety procedures, including the use of personal protective equipment

maintain currency of relevant, work-related information

manage work load priorities and timelines

monitor information in work area

monitor own work against quality standards and identify areas for improvement

understand own work activities and responsibilities.


ask questions to expand own knowledge

assess competencies in meeting job requirements

maintain skill and knowledge currency

participate in meetings to inform work practices

recognise limits of own expertise and seek skill development if required.


use information technology devices as required

work with technology safely and according to workplace standards.