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Certificate III in Horse Breeding


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Certificate III in Horse Breeding – ACM30717

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Course Overview

Join Australia's booming Thoroughbred industry with a Certificate III in Horse Breeding.

Qualify as a Stud Worker, and you'll have opportunities to work around the world, putting your skills and qualification to work in the Sport of Kings.

You'll gain specialised skills in the care of mares and foals, breeding mares, and pregnancy. You'll also learn general equine skills in nutrition, horse health, first aid, the administration of medications, and the safe transportation of horses.

This course is delivered online, with additional practical workshops and webinars, and can also be undertaken as an Apprenticeship.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the Equine industry with a specialisation in horse breeding, particularly Thoroughbred breeding.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • Certificate IV in Agribusiness

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Blended Online Delivery, Starts Mon 1st July / 2019

Starts Monday 17th Feb, Blended online delivery / 2020

Starts Wednesday 1st July, Blended online delivery / 2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

Training package entry requirements

There are no mandated training package entry requirements.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • 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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course (Apprentices only)

Applicants are also required to:

  • Have a moderate level of physical fitness, agility and strength
  • Be over 15 years of age at time of commencement
  • Complete a self-assessment of their horse skills
  • It is recommended that all students have current Tetanus immunisation before commencing this course.

For those not currently working in an equine breeding enterprise, it is recommended a practical experience of up to 120 hours (3 weeks) during the foaling down season (July –October) and 120 hours (3 weeks) during sales preparation (January- March) be undertaken.

Experience in both these stages of the horse breeding calendar will allow students to develop the necessary practical skills to successfully complete their assessment tasks. It is requested students make contact with their Trainer/Assessor in regards to specific requirements for this.

Core Units
Work safely in industries with horses
Handle horses safely
Provide basic care of horses
Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
Elective Units
Perform daily tasks in the horse industry
Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare
Assist with oestrus detection in mares
Transport horses
Carry out basic hoof care procedures
Carry out natural mare mating procedures
Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
Handle young horses
Maintain horses in a healthy state
Follow stud operational procedures
Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
Raise young horses
Carry out procedures for foaling down mares
Care for pregnant mares
Implement feeding plans for livestock
Prepare livestock for competition

Assessment methods may include:

  • Online testing
  • Written assignments
  • Written reports
  • Practical demonstrations

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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.

You are encouraged to attend all online, face-to-face and practical sessions as well as all scheduled appointments with your GOTAFE Trainer and Assessor.

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 click Enquire Now.

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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