Equine (NCEE)

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 general care, or want to specialise in dentistry or vet nursing. We have the facilities and trainers to get you there. From Certificate II when you’re still at school, to landing the exclusive right to study Certificate IV in Dentistry.

Learn everything you need in our world class facilities. The NCEE boasts an international sized Equestrian ring, stables, quarantine area, stallion barn, and wash and tack rooms. Immerse yourself in the world of running a successful horse stable. Learn with supervision so you can work with the animals day in day out to gain your qualification.

Our industry-based courses provide support for our students 24/7. Learn on the job and attend on campus for intensive training with your peers. Build your confidence and skills to consolidate your career. In the family run stables or across Australia.

We focus on safety from the get go. All our courses require a full day safety workshop. From handling the animals, the equipment and managing when there are problems.


The next step in building your skills in Stud Management. This course provides comprehensive training in all aspects of caring for mares and foals including practical horse management and breeding strategies, feeding and daily care, horse health and welfare and care of stud stock. Both business and farm management are also covered, providing Stud Managers with the skills and knowledge they require to manage horses breeding activities.

Once qualified, you will have the skills and knowledge to manage livestock production, manage physical and natural resources, business administration, staff management and training and marketing of livestock.

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Are you ready to join the exclusive field of Equine Dentistry? The Certificate IV in Equine Dentistry is ran in conjunction with the Australian Equine Dentistry Association. Graduates of the course deliver humane and professional dental maintenance to all breeds of horses. The success has been demonstrated by the fact that some graduates operate their business on a global basis.

90% of this course is delivered in the field and supported by lectures, field trips and extensive supervised industry experience, which prepare the trainee dental technician with skills to commence their own equine dental business.

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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.

Students complete units in a sequence which has been aligned to the breeding cycle of horses and consequently the activities of the horse breeding industry with placement in the breeding industry during foaling down and sales preparation.

This course can be completed as a Trainee or School Based Apprenticeship.

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Make your passion your career, with the Certificate III in Horse Industry Practice (Performance Horse). This qualification will suit those who have a passion to work and train horses in a wide range of equine sectors; performance, breeding or racing. Enhance your management skills to improve your equine business as you learn about horse preparation, biosecurity, welfare, first aid, sustainability and event management.

The online course structure allows you to study anywhere, anytime. A collegial supportive network of peers develops throughout the course leading to life-long friendships within the equine industry.

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Love being around horses? This national accredited course is designed for people wanting to learn equine husbandry skills, allowing students to develop confidence and understanding around horses so they can work safely within the equine industry.

Students will learn about horse handling, feeding and husbandry, safe work practices and the breadth of the equine industry and employment opportunities. A foundation course for anyone wanting to start a career within the equine industry.

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