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Certificate III in Equine Studies

22513VIC

Certificate III in Equine Studies – 22513VIC

Course Overview

The Certificate II in Equine Studies is the recognised qualification to start working in the Equine industry. You'll develop a foundation of understanding about the Equine industry and the principles of working with horses, studying topics such as behaviour, care, nutrition, anatomy and physiology.

This course is offered in two ways;

  1. VETDSS subject for Secondary School students, delivered over 2 years
  2. As a public course for Adult learners, where the course may be completed part time in 12 months

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

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

The 22513VIC Certificate III 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.

This course excellent grounding for further studies in the Equine. You may find work performing the following duties:

  • 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 Study

The 22513VIC Certificate III 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 22513VIC Certificate III in Equine Studies, students may wish to specialise in ACM30717 Certificate III in Horse breeding or ACM30817 Certificate III in Performance Horse or pursue further training and complete the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture and AHC41016 Certificate IV in Agribusiness

Course Dates & Times

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview (Adult students only)
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course (Adult students only)
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course (Adult students only)
  • Have had some experiences 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
    • Entrants must demonstrate a moderate level of physical stamina and strength sufficient to be able to perform tasks such as: carrying feed/water buckets, manoeuvring wheelbarrows, using brooms, rakes, shovels and lifting gear (e.g. rugs/saddles) onto a horse is required
    • Entrants must demonstrate a moderate level of agility and coordination to move smoothly, safely and quickly in response to horse behaviours is 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.

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

Core Units
ACMEQU202
Handle horses safely
ACMEQU205
Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
VU22681
Work effectively in an equine organisation
VU22682
Implement horse health and welfare practices
VU22683
Implement and monitor horse feeding programs
VU22684
Relate equine form to function
VU22685
Identify equine anatomy
VU22686
Identify and describe equine physiology
Elective Units
ACMEQU201
Work safely in industries with horses
VU22690
Examine horse breeding principles and practices
VU22691
Prepare for the care of pregnant mares, foals and young horses

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

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.

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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.

VETDSS

  • 2 years Part Time
  • 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
  • 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 commence studying this qualification and in 2021 Year 2 Sequence 3 & 4 will be delivered.

Adult Learners

  • 1 year Part Time
  • Adults are required to attend at least one practical day on commencement with another four offers during the training.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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