ACM30510 Certificate III in Farriery

Why study the Certificate III in Farriery?

The University of Queensland Gatton Vocational Education Centre (UQ-GVEC) offers comprehensive training in 21 units of competency for apprentices to acquire a Certificate III in Farriery.

To enrol in the Certificate III in Farriery candidates 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-GVEC, utilise and employ highly accredited and professional master farriers to deliver all equine related management and specific farriery skills to industry standards.

Welding and business trainers hold all necessary vocational training qualifications.

Industry Approval: UQ-GVEC 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 are able to 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 is hosted 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 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.

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 in 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.

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.

For more information on the RPL process please read through the RPL information.

Program overview

Candidates must successfully complete the following 21 units:

  • Handle Horses Safely in the Provision of Farriery Services
  • Work Effectively as a Farrier in the Equine Industries
  • Perform Routine day-to-day Farriery Activities
  • Respond to Emergencies and Apply Essential First Aid in the Equine Industries
  • Perform Welding Tasks Using a Forge
  • Maintain, Repair and Manufacture Hand Tools Used in Farriery
  • Make Standard Shoes for a Range of Horses
  • Determine Foot Care and Shoeing Plans for Horses
  • Fit Shoes for Normal Healthy Horses
  • Fit Shoes to Alleviate Moderate Faults and Defects in Horses
  • Fit Shoes to Alleviate Severe Faults and Defects in Horses
  • Accommodate Special Needs of Particular Horses Through Farriery Techniques
  • Contribute to Occupational Health and Safety Processes
  • Implement and Monitor Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Perform Routine Oxy Acetylene Welding
  • Perform Routine Manual Metal Arc Welding
  • Perform Routine Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Use Hand Tools
  • Use Power Tools/Hand Held Operations
  • Keep Records for a Primary Production Business
  • Maintain and Order Stock

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change. UQ-GVEC 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.


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.

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Entry Requirements

An apprenticeship with a registered farrier.

Fees for Australian Students

The total cost to the apprentice is $1656.

Payment is spread over the three years of training:

  • Year 1 invoice total: $656 upon enrolment (30 day terms)
  • Year 2 invoice total: $500 (30 day terms)
  • Year 3 invoice total: $500 (30 day terms)



Phone: (07) 5460 1353

Fax: (07) 5460 1367

Postal address:

The University of Queensland,
Gatton Campus
Gatton Qld 4343

Registration of Interest Forms

Expression of Interest form

Code of Practice

Refund and other UQ-GVEC policies are available in the Code of Practice.