Certificate IV in Equine Dentistry

Description This qualification relates to the work activities undertaken by an equine dental service provider who is engaged or employed to provide day-to-day dental care and treatment services that provide routine dental correction and oral care for horses. The duties require judgement and the ability to accurately communicate information concerning horse health related to equine dental care to clients as well as the ability to interpret and relay information covering a variety of circumstances.

Job Roles: The job role that this qualification describes includes:

Certified Equine Dental Service Provider


A total of seventeen (17) units of competency must be achieved as specified below.

Complete twelve (12) CORE units

Complete five (5) ELECTIVE units.

Core units

Complete the following twelve (12) units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic ACMEQD401A

Work within an equine dental service provider framework

add topic ACMEQD402A

Determine equine oral functional efficiency

add topic ACMEQD403A

Identify potential health impacts of equine oral conditions

add topic ACMEQD404A

Conduct equine oral inspection and assessment and plan equine dental treatment

add topic ACMEQD405A

Perform routine dental correction and oral care using manual instruments

add topic ACMEQU401A

Relate equine anatomical and physiological features to equine health care requirements

add topic ACMEQU402A

Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care

add topic ACMINF301A

Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work

add topic ACMOHS401A

Maintain occupational health and safety processes

add topic BSBSMB405A

Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic RGRPSH201A

Handle horses

add topic RGRPSH308A

Provide first aid and emergency care for horses

Elective units

Complete five (5) units from within ACM10 or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Units selected must be aligned to Certificates III or IV and be relevant to work undertaken in the equine dentistry sector. Suggested units are:

Unit code

Unit title

add topic ACMEQU403A

Relate musculoskeletal structure to horse movement

add topic ACMEQU404A

Evaluate fit of saddlery and equipment

add topic ACMSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBSMB402A

Plan small business finances

add topic BSBWOR204A

Use business technology

add topic RGRPSH304A

Identify factors that affect racehorse performance


    Pathways into the qualification Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    direct entry

    after achieving Certificate III qualifications from related equine sectors

    vocational training and/or work experience across a range of work settings.

    Pathways from the qualification After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake professional development activities as well as undertake higher level study for further pathway advancement.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

There may be a direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Candidates should confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in their relevant state or territory. In addition, individual units of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


listen and understand

speak clearly and directly

read and interpret workplace related documentation

write to audience needs

interpret the needs of internal/external customer

apply numeracy skills to workplace requirements

establish and use networks

negotiate responsibly

be appropriately assertive



work as an individual and a team member

work with diverse individuals and groups

apply knowledge of own role as a part of a team

build professional relationships with other equine healthcare professionals.


develop practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

show interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

solve problems individually or in teams

apply a range of strategies in problem solving

use numeracy skills to solve problems

test assumptions taking context into account

appreciate own limitations and identify problems beyond own competence and refer to suitably qualified personnel.

Initiative and enterprise

adapt to new situations

be creative in response to workplace challenges

identify opportunities that might not be obvious to others

generate a range of options in response to workplace matters

translate ideas into action.

Planning and organising

collect, analyse and organise information

use basic business systems for planning and organising

be appropriately resourceful

take initiative and make decisions within workplace role

participate in continuous improvement and planning processes

work within or establish clear project goals and deliverables

determine or apply required resources

allocate people and other resources to tasks and workplace requirements

manage time and priorities

adapt resource allocations to cope with contingencies.


have personal vision and goals

monitor and evaluate own performance

take responsibility at the appropriate level.


be open to learning, new ideas and techniques

learn in a range of settings including informal learning

participate in ongoing learning

learn new skills and techniques

manage own learning

apply learning to technical issues and people issues.


use technology and related workplace equipment

use basic technology skills

use technology to organise data

adapt to new technology skill requirements

apply OHS knowledge when using technology

use load shifting technology.