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Certificate III in Horse Breeding


Certificate III in Horse Breeding – RGR30619

Course Overview

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

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 as a blend of online and practical workshops, and can also be undertaken as an Apprenticeship. You will also complete 240 hours of practical experience over the duration of the course.

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 prepares you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career working in a horse breeding or stud farm operation.

Further Study

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

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

RGR30619 - SBA/Trainee - Open from 17/02/2021

Blended Online - Starts on 13/07/2021

Blended Online - Starts 22nd February / 2022

RGR30619 - SBA/Trainee - 1st February / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

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 2021 and may change without notice.

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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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 the time the course commences.
  • Complete a self-assessment of their horse skills.

It is recommended that all students have current Tetanus immunisation before commencing this course.

Core Units
Follow equine biosecurity and infection control procedures
Contribute to health and safety of self and others
Work effectively in horse breeding sector
Elective Units
Handle horses safely
Perform daily tasks in the horse industry
Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
Transport horses
Carry out basic hoof care procedures
Provide information on horses
Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
Implement feeding plans for livestock
Assist with oestrus detection in mares
Carry out natural mare mating procedures
Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
Carry out procedures for foaling down mares

Assessment methods may include:

  • Online quizzes
  • Written assignments
  • Written reports
  • Practical observation
  • Short answer questions

Working in this industry may involve daily/ongoing physical work handling horses which requires a reasonable level of fitness. Work hours may vary and shift and weekend work may be required. Working outdoors and in a range of weather conditions may also apply.

Christine Meunier

Training is comprised of 28 x 1-hour webinars/tutorials, 5 x practical skills workshop days and 4 x practical skills assessment days. Students will be provided with a webinar timetable with webinars scheduled at varying times throughout the day or evening to maximise face-to-face attendance and participation.

Students are required to complete 240 hours of practical experience in the equine industry where they undertake duties related to their units of study and gain valuable knowledge and skills. This is to be organised by the student.

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.

Working with horses can be fun, but also presents challenges. Horses are unpredictable animals and there are concerns associated with handling horses while pregnant. While measures are put in place to ensure student safety during practical work sessions, should you suspect you are pregnant, please discuss this with your trainer.

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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