ACM30517 Certificate III in Farriery

Why study the ACM30517 Certificate III in Farriery?

UQ Skills (formerly UQ-GVEC) offers comprehensive training in 21 units of competency for apprentices to acquire a ACM30517 Certificate III in Farriery.

To enrol in the ACM30517 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 Skills, utilise 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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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

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

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

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

See the UQ Skills Student Information page for details. 

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of printing 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


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

An apprenticeship with a registered farrier.

Fees for Australian students

Contact UQ Skills for all the information you need about fees.



Phone: (07) 5460 1353

Fax: (07) 5460 1367

Postal address:

UQ Skills
Faculty of Science
The University of Queensland,
Gatton Campus
Morrison Hall Building 8123
Gatton Qld 4343

Registration of Interest forms

Expression of Interest form

Student Handbook

Refund and other UQ Skills policies are available in the UQ Skills 2019 Student Handbook (PDF 4.3MB). Information about all our programs can be found in the 2019 Programs Guide (PDF, 4.3MB).