Certificate II in Equine Studies

Course Code 22246VIC
Campus Wangaratta - Tone Road
Duration 492 hours

Course Overview

The 22246VIC Certificate II in Equine Studies is Victoria’s currently accredited qualification for entry into employment in the equine industry. This course helps students develop a foundation of understanding about working with horses, studying topics such as behaviour, care, nutrition, anatomy and physiology.

22246VIC is offered for study in two ways:

  1. VET in Schools (VETiS) subject for Secondary School students; or
  2. As a public course for Adult learners.

For Victorian school 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. Year 1 is equivalent to VCE units 1 – 2, and Year 2 is equivalent to VCE units 3-4.

Victorian students have the option of scored assessment for the VCE 3 – 4 sequence. The student study score is a combination of the score on their coursework as part of Units 3 and 4 and their Equine Studies exam. The study score can then contribute towards the student’s ATAR.

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.

In 2020 Year 1 students will be transitioned to a new qualification.

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

Please note that the course delivery does not involve horse riding.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The 22246VIC Certificate II in Equine Studies is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the equine industry.

Working in the industry may involve handling horses, preparing horses for exercise, cleaning stables, feeding, rugging and working with horses. Hours can vary between equine enterprises and may include early morning starts and weekend work. Students need to be aware that working with horses can be physically demanding and so a moderate level of physical fitness, agility and strength are required.

Further studies
The 22246VIC Certificate II in Equine Studies provides an excellent grounding for further studies in horse breeding, horse management, racing, outdoor recreation, sport coaching, equine science, equine nutrition or performance horse.

After gaining the 22246VIC Certificate II in Equine Studies, students may wish to undertake further study in ACM30717 Certificate III in Horse breeding or ACM30817 Certificate III in Performance Horse.

There may be credits given for units completed in the 22246VIC Certificate II in Equine Studies in both of the above qualifications.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Wangaratta – Tone Road Start Tue 15th Feb, Online Self Paced Learning (inc workshops and webinars)/2019
Wangaratta – Tone Road Start Mon 1st July, Online Self Paced Learning (inc workshops and webinars)/2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions. These include:
On-line learning – students log in for online learning activities
Weekly webinars and tutorials. A webinar schedule is provided on enrolment and webinars are recorded for convenience.

Attendance at the Working Safely with Horses workshop is compulsory.

VET in schools students:
VET in Schools students must receive the endorsement of their school to enrol into this course.
In Year 1 students are required to attend at least two (2) practical days at Wangaratta during the school holidays
All Year 1 students must complete at least 40 hours of Structured Workplace Learning.
In Year 2 students are required to attend at least three (3) practical days at Wangaratta during the school holidays

Adult students:
Students are required to attend at least 1 practical day at Wangaratta.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Rhonda McCallum
Location: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 492 $4.20 $2,066.40 $8.00 $3,936.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 492 $0.84 $413.28 $8.00 $3,936.00
Full Fee 492 $8.61 $4,236.12 N/A N/A
Course Materials 492 $0.50 $246.00 N/A N/A

Please note that these fees are for the adult cohort only, please check out the VET for Secondary Students page for further details.

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

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
This course has been designed for students, who have some 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 are required.
Students must be over 15 years of age at time of commencement.
Students will need access to horses 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.

It is recommended students have current Tetanus immunisation

Vet in schools students:

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

Adult students:

  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Undertake an interview to assess suitability into the course
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

VU21412 – Care for pregnant mares and foals
VU21411 – Horse breeding principles and practices

Assessment Methods

Assessments will be varied and have been designed to provide students to build a portfolio of evidence of their skills and knowledge. Assessment methods include:

  • Online Quizzes
  • Annotated Photos
  • Written assignments
  • Practical assessment is conducted on campus and through practical placement in industry. Students are required to present portfolios of evidence for some units including a completed Structured Workplace Learning Logbook and Practical Skills Reports.
  • Students must have access to horses for provision of evidence of practical skills.
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.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


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
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.
Enrolment in the VET in Schools program is coordinated through your school. Please contact your school’s VET Coordinator/Careers Advisor.

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?

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