Certificate III in Performance Horse

Course Code ACM30817
Campus Wangaratta - Tone Road
Duration 898 hours

Course Overview

Turn your passion into a career with the ACM30817 Certificate III in Performance Horse. This course is perfect for both horse owners and competitors and is tailored to suit those who have a passion to work and train horses in a variety of sectors. These include performance, breeding or racing which brings over a billion dollars to the Australian economy. Career outcomes include professional rider, trail riding assistant, stable hand, stud worker, groom, strapper, farm hand and stock rider.

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to work safely with horses. It involves handling, feeding, exercising and caring for horses including stable duties, fitting gear, riding, lunging, administering medications, first aid, work, competition preparation and transportation requirements.

The 12 month, online course structure allows you to learn anywhere, anytime and at your own pace. Practical workshops and webinars will provide fully supported learning with highly experienced and qualified equine industry Trainers.

This course has been designed for students who have some experience handling horses. The skill level should be at or equivalent to the 22246VIC Certificate II in Equine Studies at time of entry. Students do not need to have experience riding.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The ACM30817 Certificate III in Performance Horse is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Animal Care and Management.

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 ACM30817 Certificate III in Performance Horse, you might wish to undertake further study in the following:

  • ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • AHC41010 Certificate IV in Agribusiness
  • AHC50110 Diploma of Agriculture
  • BSB50207 Diploma of Business

or progress onto university study.

Sessions - Dates/Times

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

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 898 $3.59 $3,223.82 $9.00 $8,082.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 898 $0.72 $646.56 $9.00 $8,082.00
Full Fee 898 $7.59 $6,815.82 N/A N/A
Course Materials 898 $0.10 $89.80 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
Non Trainees will require access to a suitable workplace to complete practical Assessments.

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

  • Applicants must complete a Self-Assessment of their horse skills prior to entry and a Pre training review.
  • Attend an interview
  • 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

You also need to be aware that:

  • Students must be over 15 years of age at time of course commencement.
  • Students will need access to horses in order to complete assessment tasks.
  • Working with horses can be physically demanding, therefore a moderate level of physical fitness, agility and strength are required.
  • Students who choose to enrol into the riding elective are required to undertake a pre-assessment of their walk, trot and canter skills with an N.C.A.S. qualified instructor prior to enrolling into the elective unit.

It is recommended that students have current Tetanus immunization.

Units of Competency

ACM30817 – Core Units

AHCBIO305 – Apply biosecurity measures
AHCWRK309 – Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
SISOEQO304A – Apply First Aid For Horses
ACMPHR301 – Care for performance horses
AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processes
ACMEQU202 – Handle horses safely
ACMPHR302 – Maintain health and welfare of performance horses
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid

ACM30817 – Elective Units

ACMEQU205 – Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMHBR305 – Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
ACMHBR302 – Carry out basic hoof care procedures
SISOEQO202A – Demonstrate Basic Horse Riding Skills
VU21405 – Equine anatomy
SISOEQU001 – Handle horses
ACMHBR307 – Handle young horses
VU21403 – Implement and monitor a horse feeding program
AHCLSK311 – Implement feeding plans for livestock
ACMEQU210 – Lunge educated horses
ACMPHR303 – Participate in horse events and activities
ACMEQU206 – Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter
AHCLSK316 – Prepare livestock for competition
ACMHBR310 – Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
SISOEQU002 – Ride horses using fundamental skills
ACMHBR301 – Transport horses

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Video/Photographic Portfolio
  • Online test
  • Written assignments
  • Practical demonstration
  • Written report
  • Third Party Evidence
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

If you would like further details or information, 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.

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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