Equine Courses

Caring for horses’ health and wellbeing is a unique talent. Turn that talent into a career at the National Centre for Equine Education (NCEE) at GOTAFE. Whether you work in breeding, performance or want to specialise in vet nursing, equine nursing or dentistry, we have the Trainers and courses to get you there.

Our industry-based online courses allow you to study anywhere, anytime. Learn on the job and attend on campus workshops for intensive training with industry experts. Build your confidence and skills to consolidate your career. Open doors to opportunities from working in the equine industry to running your own business anywhere in the world.

We have a strong emphasis on safety and provide some the safest training environments and facilities in the industry.


Thinking of starting a career in the equine industry? The Certificate II in Equine Studies offers a strong foundation to work safely in the equine industry. Broaden your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, first aid, health and welfare. Develop your confidence and understanding around horses.

Read more about 22246VIC Certificate II in Equine Studies

Make your passion your career, with the 10229NAT Certificate III in Horse Industry Practice (Performance Horse). This course is perfect for both horse owners and competitors and will suit those who have a passion to work and train horses in a wide range of equine sectors; performance, breeding or racing.

The online course structure allows you to learn anywhere, anytime. This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge, and skills to perform the following functions associated with the role of groom/ strapper/ senior groom in the performance horse sectors.

  • Handle, feed, exercise, groom and care for horses
  • Work with a wide variety of horses of different sizes, features and temperaments
  • Work within workplace procedures and codes of practice within designated timeframes
  • Communicate effectively with supervisors and team members alike
  • Be capable of administering first aid to humans and to horses through completion of relevant units of competency

This course is made up of 16 units; 8 core units and 8 electives. Students can choose from two electives. Students who select the unit NSWTEQU206B Ride Performance Horses for Exercise in an Arena must have a NCAS (National Coaching Accreditation Scheme) Instructor’s sign off prior to enrolment.

Read more about 10229NAT Certificate III in Horse Industry Practice (Performance Horse)

This online course provides comprehensive training in all aspects of caring for mares and foals throughout the full reproductive cycle from conception to preparing for sales.

You will complete units in a sequence which has been aligned to the breeding cycle of horses and consequently the activities of the horse breeding industry. You will have the opportunity to undertake placement in the breeding industry during foaling down and sales preparation.

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