Certificate II in Equine Studies

Course Code 22246VIC
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 492 hours

Course Overview

The 22246VIC Certificate II in Equine Studies aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills for caring for and working with horses.
This accredited course is available to school students as a VET in Schools (VETiS) program and as an Adult Learner. The course assists learners to develop a foundation understanding of horses – their behaviour, care, nutrition, anatomy and physiology.

For Adult learners this course may be completed in 6-12 months and offers a foundation to working safely in the equine industry.

For Victorian students the course may be used as a VCAL or VCE subject. The course is delivered over 2 years as part of a VET in Schools program.
Victorian students have the option of scored assessment for the VCE 3 – 4 sequence. This score can contribute to the student’s ATAR.
Year 1 is equivalent to VCE units 1-2, and Year 2 is equivalent to VCE units 3-4.

As the course is mainly delivered online there is the opportunity for students to include this program as an additional VCE subject, with little interference to their school studies.

The course delivery does not involve horse riding.Click here for more information

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you may wish to pursue further training and complete the 10229NAT Certificate III in Horse Industry Practice, AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture for horse breeding students, Dual Qualification (Certificate III in Agriculture and the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing for equine nursing students, Certificate IV in Equine Dentistry offered at GOTAFE) or progress onto university study (if applicable).

This course will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the equine industry as a groom, stud or stable hand.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Fee Information
Type Cost
Govt Subsidised-Standard $2,066.40
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession $413.28
Full Fee $4,236.12
Course Materials $246.00

Please note that the advertised fees relate to 2019.   For enrolments this year, please contact us for confirmation.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

This course has been designed for students who have some limited experience with horses.
Students need to be aware that working with horses can be physically demanding and a moderate level of physical fitness, agility and strength is required. Students must be over 15 years of age at time of course commencement. Students require access to horses and equine facilities in order to complete assessment activities.
Applicants must complete a Self-Assessment of their horse skills prior to entry.

Students must have reliable access to a computer, internet and email in order to undertake the online components of the course.

Applicants are required to undertake a Pre-training review.

The selection process will involve the students school VET coordinator who will approve the student engaging in this VETiS program.The selection process will involve the students school VET coordinator who will approve the student engaging in this VETiS program.

Units of Competency

22246VIC – Core Units
VU21405 – Equine anatomy
VU21406 – Equine physiology
SISOEQO201A – Handle Horses
VU21403 – Implement and monitor a horse feeding program
VU21402 – Implement horse health and welfare practices
HLTAID002 – Provide basic emergency life support
AHCHBR203A – Provide Daily Care For Horses
VU21404 – Relate equine form and function
AHCWRK204A – Work Effectively In The Industry
VU21401 – Work safely in an equine organisation

22246VIC – Elective Units
AHCHBR201A – Monitor Horse Health And Welfare
VU21407 – Demonstrate basic horse riding or driving skills
VU21409 – Assist in the preparation of a horse for an event
VU21410 – Assist in the conduct of an event in the equine industry
VU21411 – Horse breeding principles and practices
VU21412 – Care for pregnant mares and foals

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Additional Information

It is recommended students have current Tetanus immunisation.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.