Certificate IV in Equine Dentistry


This qualification covers work activities undertaken by an equine dental service provider who is engaged or employed to provide day-to-day dental care and treatment services for routine dental correction and oral care for equines. Equine dental service providers must make referrals to registered veterinarians for work outside of their professional scope of practice.

Pathways into the qualification
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. However, it is a Australian Training Plus policy that applicants to this qualification have either previous qualification at Certificate II level or higher in a relevant equine or animal care and management qualification, or equivalent experience.

Licensing considerations
There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification.

Packaging Rules
To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 18 units of competency:

  • 13 core units plus
  • 5 elective units.

Students also need to complete 120 hours of work placement minimum, during which they perform the tasks detailed in the assessment requirements of the units if competency.

Course Structure

Attendance at 4.5 x 10 day practical skills blocks over 18 months (9 hours per day) with option to attend additional weekend practical workshops to meet the requirement of 120 hours in logbook hours and prepare for final assessment.

Learners are required to complete self-paced study of theory components and complete of theory assessments between each practical block. 

Blocks include training and assessment sessions held at locations in Tamworth, New South Wales.

Learners are responsible for their own transport and accommodation. The Course Coordinator can assist with arrangements and provide further advice. 

Course Code:

Certificate IV

Currently accepting enrolments
Course commencement date: on receipt of enrolment form and deposit, access will be given to the online learning system

Block one:   6th-11th of January 2020
Block two:   22nd June-3rd of July 2020
Block three: 5th-16th October 2020
Block four:   8th-19th of March 2021     
Block five:    June 2021 - TBA  

How to Apply
Contact us by email at atplus.edu.au or call us on 02 6764 6858 and request an Application Pack.

Course Fees:
This course is offered on a fee-for-service basis only. Course fees vary dependent on Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applied for and granted. 

The full course fee is $28,000.00 (GST Free) as at November 2018. Fees include:

  • Student membership to the International Association of Equine Dentistry (Australian chapter)
  • Journals and on line resources from IAED
  • Textbooks, Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology,  Equine Dentistry
  • Student access to Pimbury Dental App for charting horses mouths.