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Certificate III in Equine Studies


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 industry and the principles of working with horses, studying topics such as behaviour, care, nutrition, anatomy and physiology.

This course is offered in two modes;

  1. As a 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 over 1 year

Please note that riding horses is not part of the course delivery.

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

This course will enable successful graduates to apply for employment in different sectors of the equine industry in roles such as stablehands or stud hands.

Graduates can also undertake further study in a range of equine or equine related qualifications in horse breeding, sport or racing.

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).

Applicants must also:

  • Have had some experiences with horses.
  • Be aware that working with horses can be physically demanding and a moderate level of physical fitness, agility and strength is required. Students must be able to perform tasks including carrying feed/water buckets, manoeuvring wheelbarrows, using brooms, rakes, shovels and lifting gear (e.g. rugs/saddles) onto a horse.
  • Be over 15 years of age at the time of commencement.
  • Have access to horses in order to complete assessment activities.
  • Complete a self-assessment of their horse skills, prior to entry.
  • 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.

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

Core Units
Handle horses safely
Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
Work effectively in an equine organisation
Implement horse health and welfare practices
Implement and monitor horse feeding programs
Relate equine form to function
Identify equine anatomy
Identify and describe equine physiology
Elective Units
Work safely in industries with horses
Examine horse breeding principles and practices
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 on campus and through practical placement in industry

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Adult learners

  • The course will be completed part-time over 1 year.
  • Students undertake their training by attending 51 x 1-hour webinars/tutorials, 4 x practical skills workshop days, 1 x practical skills assessment day, and 1 x day excursion of horse breeding stud enterprises.
  • Students are required to complete 40 hours of practical experience in the equine industry where they undertake duties related to their units of study and gain valuable knowledge and skills.
  • Adults are required to attend at least one practical day on commencement with another four offers during the training.

VETDSS students

  • The course will be completed part-time over 2 years.
  • Students must receive the endorsement of their school to enrol into this course.
  • Students in Year 1 undertake their training by attending 26 x 1-hour webinars/tutorials, 2 x practical skills workshop days, 2 x practical skills assessment days, and 1 x day excursion of horse breeding stud enterprises.
  • Students in Year 2 undertake their training by attending 25 x1hr webinars/tutorials, 3 x practical skills training days and 1 x practical skills assessment day.

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 online learning, weekly webinars and tutorials. A webinar schedule is provided on enrolment and webinars are recorded for convenience.

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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