Farriery Project

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Case for change

A review of the Farrier qualification was identified as a priority skill area in the 2017 Animal Care and Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see page 28). Skills Impact and the Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 28)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and update the farriery qualification and units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

Scroll down to view the qualification and list of units that will be reviewed in this project.

The Master Farriers Association have indicated that the Certificate III in Farriery and related farriery units do not align to current job roles. The Master Farriers Association have suggested a review of the assessment requirements of the units within this qualification to enable sound delivery and implementation.

The Certificate III in Farriery and horse contact units were recently updated to consider safety in training and reformatted to become compliant to the 2012 Standards for Training Packages. This work took place as part of the Equine Safety in Training Project, but it did not involve a full review of the skills standards or a functional analysis of the role of a Farrier as project funding was only for embedding safety. This project will look at these revised documents and update them to ensure they meet industry needs and become fit for purpose.

 

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Relevant occupation

Farrier

 

Key deliverables
  • Review and improvement of the Certificate III in Farriery
  • Review and improvement of 12 units
  • Development of at least 5 new units, as identified during review

 

Timeline

August 2017
Initial scoping

November, December 2017
Review process commencement

January 2018
Industry consultation of draft materials

February, March 2018
Industry validation of final drafts

March 2018
Finalisation of Training Package components

April 2018
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

May 2018
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Evan Cooper Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact ecooper@skillsimpact.com.au
Wayne Jones Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact wjones@skillsimpact.com.au
Sue Hamilton Skills Development Specialist

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to ecooper@skillsimpact.com.au

Opportunities for stakeholder input:

The Certificate III in Farriery and its related units of competency (available below) were recently reviewed as part of the Equine Safety in Training Project. However, the qualification and units were only made compliant to the Standards for Training Packages 2012. They did not undergo a full content review.

To view the qualification or a specific unit, please click on the title*. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the qualification or units so that they meet the skills needs of the industry. In particular, we are looking for feedback relating to the following questions.

Questions for the Certificate III in Farriery 

  • Is there a need for metal work skills (forging, welding etc.) to be a core part of the qualification, or is this now a specialisation and thus should become an elective?
  • What are the skills for shoeing a horse with different types of horse shoes (rubber, plastic etc.)?
  • Should “barefeet” skills be part of a farrier’s role?
  • There are reports that farriers are undertaking equine dental activities, should this be an elective?

Questions for the units:

  • Does the title of the unit accurately reflect the skill outcome? If not, what should it be?
  • Does the application accurately describe the worker that would undertake the skill? If not, what should it be?
  • Are there any relevant legislation, licensing or industry requirements that apply to the unit that are not already stated? If yes, what are they?
  • Do the elements and performance criteria accurately describe the process of undertaking the skills? If not, what should they be?
  • Is the language used within the unit correct industry language?  If not, what should it be?
  • How many times would you expect to observe/assess someone undertaking the skill to be confident in their ability?
  • Any other comments about the units.

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised qualification and units.

To provide feedback, please email Wayne Jones wjones@skillsimpact.com.au

*Please note that the link will provide a version of the qualification or unit that was reviewed as part of the Equine Safety and Training Project, and not the version that is currently listed on training.gov.au.

Development

Consultation with Subject Matter Experts around farriery and equine hoof care skills has taken place throughout November. These meetings will inform the development of a revised farriery qualification, skill sets and units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs. Feedback from industry on the existing qualification and units is also being considered as part of this process.

The draft materials will be completed by mid-January and will be available for download and comment from this webpage. Face-to-face consultation workshops are also planned for the following locations and dates, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you or a webinar by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

15 Jan 18, 14:00 – 17:00 – Adelaide, SA – register here

16 Jan 18, 14:00 – 17:00 – Melbourne (Flemington), VIC – register here

17 Jan 18, 14:00 – 17:00 – Launceston, TAS – register here

18 Jan 18, 14:00 – 17:00 – Hobart, TAS – register here

22 Jan 18, 14:00 – 17:00 – Sydney (Richmond), NSW – register here

24 Jan 18, 14:00 – 17:00 – Seymour, VIC – register here

29 Jan 18, 14:00 – 17:00 – Perth, WA – register here

31 Jan 18, 16:00 – 19:00 – Scone, NSW – register here

2 Feb 18, 15:00 – 18:00 – Gatton, QLD – register here

5 Feb 18, 14:00 – 16:00 – Parap, NT – register here

Consultation Webinar

25 Jan 17, 13:00 – 14:00 AEST – Webinar – register here

 

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Drafts Available

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the draft Certificate IV in Farriery, related skill set and units of competency. The drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website from 12 January – 7 February 2018. A series of face-to-face consultation workshops and a webinar also took place throughout January and early February.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft qualification, skill set and units reflect the current skills and knowledge requirements of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described.

Your feedback is extremely important to the team. It will help us to undertake work on the final draft qualification, skill sets and units, which will be available for industry in February/March 2018.

The farriery qualification has been revised from an Australian Qualifications Framework level three to a level four, to reflect the level of work.

The following new units of competency have also been created to reflect the job role:

  • ACMFAR3XX Trim and dress equine hooves
  • ACMFAR3XX Use hand and power tools for farriery or hoof care activities
  • ACMFAR40X Apply knowledge of equine musculoskeletal anatomy, biomechanics and pathology for effective hoof care

One or more skills sets are being consulted about to cover activities associated with equine foot care. This initiative will provide an option for formal training in this area as well as potentially being a pathway into the farriery qualification.

The draft qualification, skill sets and units that were available for industry review and feedback are listed below.

ACM40X18 Certificate IV in Farriery Download draft qualification

 

Note: The following work has been carried out on this qualification:

1. Proposed change to packaging rules:

Addition of limited elective choice. Competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 21 units of competency:
    • 19 core units plus (previously 21 core units)
    • 2 elective units (previously all core/0 electives).

Revised Australian Qualifications Framework alignment of qualification.

2. The following are proposed changes to the units within the qualification:
  • ACMSUS301 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices – Unit has been updated and will be replaced with ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • AHCAGB301 Keep records for a primary production business – Unit removed. Content covered in new elements in ACMFAR303 Perform routine day-to-day farriery activities
  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes – Replaced by cross industry unit – BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
  • MEM05004C Perform routine oxy acetylene welding Industry – Feedback indicates this unit is not appropriate. Unit added to elective list.
  • MEM18001C Use hand tools – New unit specific to industry, ACMFAR3XX Use hand and power tools for farriery or hoof care activities, to replace this unit
  • MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations – New unit specific to industry, ACMFAR3XX Use hand and power tools for farriery or hoof care activities, to replace this unit
  • SIRRINV002 Control stock – Unit removed. Content covered in new elements in ACMFAR303 Perform routine day-to-day farriery activities

 

One or more skills sets are being consulted about to cover activities associated with equine foot care. This initiative will provide an option for formal training in this area as well as potentially being a pathway into the farriery qualification.

ACMSS000XX Equine Foot Care Skill Set Download draft skill set(s)

 

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes Link to Download
ACMFAR301 Handle equines safely during farriery services Minor edits to performance criteria for clarity Download draft unit
ACMFAR302 Work effectively in farriery industry Additional Performance Criteria added to element 2 Communicate effectively – relating to:

  • Social media
  • Having difficult conversations with clients
Download draft unit
ACMFAR304 Respond to emergencies and apply first aid to equines Unit to address first aid to equines only.

  • Element 5 revised to focus on equines (not humans as well)
  • Update title to focus on equines
  • Updated assessment requirements
Download draft unit
ACMFAR305 Perform welding tasks using a forge Assessment requirements updated to include use of LP gas and solid fuel/coke forge. Consider:

  • giving an option to use either type of forge, or
  • require the individual to demonstrate skills on both types of forge.
Download draft unit
ACMFAR306 Maintain, repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery Minor changes to assessment requirements Download draft unit
ACMFAR307 Make standard shoes for a range of equines Minor changes to clarify intent of unit Download draft unit
ACMFAR308 Determine foot care and shoeing plans for equines Minor changes to clarify intent of unit Download draft unit
ACMFAR309 Select and fit shoes for normal healthy equines Minor changes to clarify intent of unit Download draft unit
ACMFAR3XX Use hand and power tools for farriery or hoof care activities New unit – specific to industry – replaces MEM18001C Use hand tools and MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations.  Download draft unit
ACMFAR3XX Trim and dress equine hooves New unit  Download draft unit

 

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Unit Code and Title Proposed changes Link to Download
ACMFAR40X Organise and perform day-to-day farriery industry activities (previously ACMFAR303) Changes to reflect scope of work. New elements added:

  • Element 5 Maintain business records – to cover key requirements of AHCAGB301 Keep records for a primary production business
  • Element 6 Maintain stock and resources – to cover key requirements of SIRRINV002 Control Stock

 

 Download draft unit
ACMFAR40X Fit shoes to alleviate moderate abnormalities and defects in equines (previously ACMFAR310) Element 3 and performance evidence – changes made:

  • Premanufactured shoes to be selected and modified, and/or
  • shoes to be fabricated/hand made

Changes to assessment requirements and Australian Qualifications Framework level code changed from a 3 to a 4, to reflect level of work.

Download draft unit
ACMFAR40X Fit shoes to alleviate severe abnormalities and defects in equines (previously ACMFAR311) Element 3 and performance evidence – changes made:

  • Premanufactured shoes to be selected and modified, and/or
  • shoes to be fabricated/hand made

Changes to assessment requirements and Australian Qualifications Framework level code changed from a 3 to a 4, to reflect level of work.

Download draft unit
ACMFAR40X Use farriery techniques to meet special needs of equines (previously ACMFAR312) PC2.1 added and additions to assessment requirements to cover diagnostic imaging. Other minor edits for clarity.

Changes to assessment requirements and Australian Qualifications Framework level code changed from a 3 to a 4, to reflect level of work.

Download draft unit
ACMFAR4XX Apply knowledge of equine musculoskeletal anatomy, biomechanics and pathology for effective hoof care New unit Download draft unit

 

 

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Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft farriery qualification and units of competency. These final drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website from 1 – 14 March 2018.

Thank you to those who also provided feedback and validation on the new equine hoof care qualification, new skill set and 3 new units. These documents were drafted following feedback from industry that there was a need for a clear distinction between the qualification for farriery and a new qualification for equine hoof care. Feedback also indicated the need for a new farriery-specific unit for welding. These drafts were available for consultation between 1 – 14 March 2018 and for validation between 12 – 26 April 2018.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate.

All of the final draft qualifications, skill set and units will shortly progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project, which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities, before the final drafts will be forwarded to the Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off. They will then be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

 

New Qualification, Skill Set & Units

The new equine hoof care qualification, new skill set and 3 new units were available for validation between 12 – 26 April 2018.

A summary of the feedback that was received during the consultation period (between 1 March – 14 March 2018) and a description of its consideration and application in these final drafts can be downloaded below.

 Qualification, skill set and units – Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions

Changes to this qualification adopted after reviewing feedback following public consultation:

  • Title of qualification changed from Certificate III in Equine Barefoot Care to Certificate III in Equine Hoof Care
  • ACMEQU402 Determine nutritional needs in the provision of horse health care and ACMHBR305 Assess suitability of horses for specific uses have been moved to electives from the core
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices moved from the core to an elective and replaced by ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members within the core
ACM30X18 Certificate III in Equine Hoof Care Download final draft qualification

 

Changes to this skill set adopted after reviewing feedback following public consultation:

  • Title changed from Basic Equine Hoof Care to Temporary Equine Shoe Replacement and description clarification revised with emphasis on temporary shoe replacement for livestock/agricultural workers
ACMSS00013 Temporary Equine Shoe Replacement Skill Set Download final draft skill set

 

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes Link to download
ACMFAR314 Perform routine welding techniques for farriery activities Changes to this unit adopted after reviewing feedback following public consultation:

  • Element 3 and 4 merged to reduce repetition of performance criteria
  • New performance criteria (PC) added – 1.4 Identify hazards associated with the work and manage risks
  • Added references to steel and aluminium in the unit and the performance evidence
Download final draft unit
ACMFAR316 Select and fit hoof boots to meet individual equine needs Changes to this unit adopted after reviewing feedback following public consultation:

  • Increased the minimum number of equines in Performance Evidence from three to four
Download final draft unit
ACMFAR317 Remove and replace equine shoes Changes to this unit adopted after reviewing feedback following public consultation:

  • Additional point added to Performance Evidence covering PCs 2.4 and 3.5
  • Title changed to Replace equine shoes as a temporary measure from Remove and replace equine shoes
Download final draft unit

 

 

Farriery Qualification & Units

The final draft qualification and units that were available for industry validation, between 1 March – 14 March 2018, are listed below. A summary of the feedback that was received during the consultation period (between 12 January – 7 February 2018) and a description of its consideration and application in these final drafts can be downloaded below.

 Qualification and remaining units – Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions

  • The majority of industry stakeholders agreed with the AQF alignment and revising the qualification to a Certificate IV to reflect the scope of work. Some RTOs had concerns relating to delivery issues and their student cohort.
  • There was strong feedback to retain packaging rules specifying ‘core ‘only units ie no electives.
  • MEM units relating to hand and power tools and different welding techniques were redeveloped into farriery specific units to reflect industry requirements.
  • BSB units were added to address the need to equip learners with small/micro business skills before becoming self-employed.
  • Some non-farriery units, from other Training Packages’, were identified as no longer current or suitable for the qualification during the information gathering and consultation stage. These units were removed but the relevant content captured and included in additional elements in selected units.
ACM40X18 Certificate IV in Farriery Download final draft qualification

 

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

Unit Code and Title Link to Download
ACMFAR301 Handle equines safely during farriery services Download final draft unit
ACMFAR305 Perform welding tasks using a forge Download final draft unit
ACMFAR306 Repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery Download final draft unit
ACMFAR307 Make standard shoes for a range of equines Download final draft unit
ACMFAR313 Trim equine hooves Download final draft unit
ACMFAR315 Use and maintain hand and power tools for farriery or hoof care activities Download final draft unit

 

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

Unit Code and Title Link to Download
ACMFAR401 Apply knowledge of equine musculoskeletal system, biomechanics and pathology for effective hoof care Download final draft unit
ACMFAR402 Fit shoes to alleviate moderate abnormalities and defects in equines Download final draft unit
ACMFAR403 Fit shoes to alleviate severe abnormalities and defects in equines Download final draft unit
ACMFAR404 Use farriery techniques to meet special needs of equines Download final draft unit
ACMFAR405 Organise and perform day-to-day farriery or hoof care industry activities Download final draft unit
ACMFAR406 Work effectively in farriery industry Download final draft unit
ACMFAR407 Respond to emergencies and apply first aid to equines Download final draft unit
ACMFAR408 Determine hoof care and shoeing plans for equines Download final draft unit
ACMFAR409 Select and fit shoes for normal healthy equines Download final draft unit

 

 

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Finalisation

The final draft qualifications, skill set and units of competency are currently undergoing an edit and equity and independent quality assurance process. Part of this process involves the Industry Reference Committee (IRC) providing support for the final documents. Once this process has been completed, the qualifications, skill set and units will be forwarded to the State/Territory Training Authorities (STAs/TTAs) for their consideration and to seek their support for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

Comments from the STAs/TTAs will be reviewed before the final drafts are forwarded to the Animal Care and Management IRC. After consideration and signoff by the IRCs, the final drafts will be submitted to the AISC as part of the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package version 2.0 Case for Endorsement, for their consideration. This Case for Endorsement also includes skill sets and units reviewed as part of the Work Safely Around Animals (Infection Control) Project.

The Case for Endorsement will provide information about what changes have been made to the Training Package including, where relevant, information on new or updated units, skill sets and qualifications. It will also outline who has been consulted and provided feedback throughout the project, why the changes were made, and what the implications of the changes are. 

Two companion volumes are being produced as part of this project:

  • The companion volume Implementation Guide will contain key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units, skill set and qualifications, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications.
  • The companion volume User Guide will contain key information about the Certificate IV in Farriery and the Certificate III in Equine Hoof Care; working with units of competency and their assessment requirements; delivery of farriery and equine hoof care units of competency; and work placements and assessment of farriery and equine hoof care units of competency. It is advised that the User Guide is read in conjunction with the Implementation Guide.

What is involved in the Edit and Equity and Quality Assurance Process? 

The final draft units of competency, skill set and qualifications are reviewed to ensure they are of high quality and comply with the Standards for Training Packages 2012, the Training Package Products Policy and the Training Package Development and endorsement Process Policy. This process ensures that any barriers to training have been identified, acknowledged, addressed and reduced as far as possible, to enable people to gain the skills required to participate in the workforce and society.  

This process also ensures the Companion Volume Implementation Guide provides key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units, skill set and qualifications, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications. 

Once submitted to the AISC, the final draft documents will be made available for download below. 

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