The Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) are seeking feedback on the new Certificate III in Equine Barefoot Care qualification that was developed in response to strong industry feedback from the equine barefoot trimmers to have a nationally recognised qualification and consistent training. The Certificate III in Equine Barefoot Care will replace the draft Equine Hoof Care Skill Set that was developed for the first round of public consultation.
A new Basic Equine Hoof Care Skill Set has been developed for consultation. It was identified for workers in regional and remote agriculture/livestock environments who may be required to trim hooves and replace shoes as part of their job role. This skill set has been developed for workers who have limited access to farriers and may need to trim and shoe horses as a contingency measure.
The draft documents will be available on the Skills Impact website for input and feedback until 14 March.
- 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- Some non-farriery units, from other Training Packages’ were identified as no longer current or suitable for the qualification during the information gathering and consultation stage.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.