Certificate III in Horse Breeding

Course Code ACM30717
Campus Wangaratta - Tone Road
Duration 940 hours

Course Overview

ACM30717 Certificate III in Horse Breeding is a qualification that will allow you many opportunities in the horse world. The 18 month course that is partially online offers flexibility – you can study anywhere, anytime.
The thoroughbred breeding industry is full of opportunities in Australia and around the world. As a qualified stud worker, you can work in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere, putting your gained skills and qualification to work in the Sport of Kings.
You will gain skills relating to the care of mares and foals, breeding mares and the consequent pregnancy, nutrition and health of horses including the administration of medications, first aid and the safe transportation of horses. Undertaking this course will allow you to turn your passion into a rewarding career almost anywhere around the world.
As well as online delivery, students attend practical workshops and have access to webinars provided by highly experienced and qualified equine industry trainers. Whether you want to breed the next Melbourne Cup winner, work as a stud nurse on a top thoroughbred farm or gain experience working around the world with stud horses, this course is for you. For those already in the industry and wanting to upskill, this course can be undertaken as an Australian Apprentice-Traineeship.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The ACM30717 Certificate III in Horse Breeding is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Livestock industry.

Working in this industry may involve daily/ongoing physical work handling horses which requires a reasonable level of fitness. Work hours may vary and shift and weekend work may be required. Working outdoors and in a range of weather conditions may also apply.

Further studies
After gaining the ACM30717 Certificate III in Horse Breeding, you might wish to undertake further study in the following:

  • ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • AHC41016 Certificate IV in Agribusiness
Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Wangaratta – Tone Road Blended Online Delivery, Starts Mon 1st July / 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.

You are encouraged to attend all online, face-to-face and practical sessions as well as all scheduled appointments with your GOTAFE Trainer and Assessor.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Rhonda McCallum
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 940 $3.59 $3,374.60 $10.00 $9,400.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 940 $0.72 $676.80 $10.00 $9,400.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 940 $3.59 $3,374.60 $10.00 $9,400.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 940 $0.72 $676.80 $10.00 $9,400.00
Full Fee 940 $7.59 $7,134.60 N/A N/A
Course Materials 940 $0.10 $94.00 N/A N/A

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 mandated training package entry requirements.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprentices/Trainees only)

Applicants are also required to:

  • Have a moderate level of physical fitness, agility and strength
  • Be over 15 years of age at time of commencement
  • Complete a self-assessment of their horse skills

It is recommended that all students have current Tetanus immunisation before commencing this course.

Units of Competency

ACM30717 – Core Units

ACMEQU205 – Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU202 – Handle horses safely
ACMEQU203 – Provide basic care of horses
ACMEQU201 – Work safely in industries with horses

ACM30717 – Elective Units

ACMHBR305 – Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
ACMHBR202 – Assist with oestrus detection in mares
ACMHBR313 – Care for pregnant mares
ACMHBR302 – Carry out basic hoof care procedures
ACMHBR303 – Carry out natural mare mating procedures
ACMHBR312 – Carry out procedures for foaling down mares
ACMHBR309 – Follow stud operational procedures
ACMHBR307 – Handle young horses
AHCLSK311 – Implement feeding plans for livestock
ACMEQU405 – Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare
ACMHBR308 – Maintain horses in a healthy state
ACMEQU204 – Perform daily tasks in the horse industry
AHCLSK316 – Prepare livestock for competition
ACMHBR310 – Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
ACMHBR311 – Raise young horses
ACMHBR301 – Transport horses

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Online testing
  • Written assignments
  • Written reports
  • Practical demonstrations
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 an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

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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