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Certificate III in Horse Breeding


Certificate III in Horse Breeding RGR30619

Course Overview

Join Australia's horse breeding 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.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Contingent Study Arrangements

Where a situation arises that prevents campus attendance (such as COVID restrictions, natural disasters, etc.) and it is deemed an appropriate response in protecting the health and safety of staff, students and visitors, this course will adapt to alternative training arrangements, possibly using online methods of teaching and/or communication while students engage from home with their Trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time.

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

Public - FT - Starts 21st Feb - Online & Prac Workshops / 2023

Traineeship - Open from 7th Feb - Online & Prac workshops / 2023

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

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2023 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of three different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, 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, induction session, or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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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.

Students are required to attend 80% of online webinars.

All students must attend the scheduled practical workshops delivered at Tone Rd Campus Wangaratta.

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 assessments
  • Written reports
  • Practical workshops
  • Short answer questions
  • Multiple choice

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.

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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.

Students commence training in OH&S and basic horse handling to ensure the safety of students. Students must attend the Working safely with horses’ workshop prior to undertaking practical experience in an equine workplace, to ensure pre-requisite requirements are met.

Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessments task in their own time and during their placement they consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks with horses.

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.

Students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and an induction into GoLearn where the majority of their units are delivered.

Students are required to undertake structured online learning through GoLearn where they read learning materials, watch videos and YouTube and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.

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.

On campus students:

  • Students also attend five practical skills workshop days on campus and six practical skills assessment days.
  • There are between two to four webinars per unit and Students are provided with a webinar timetable with webinars scheduled at varying times throughout the day or evening to maximise face-to-face attendance and participation. All webinars are recorded so that students can watch offline if they are unable to attend a particular class.

School-based apprentice trainees:

  • These students are released from school in order to complete seven hours working in the industry and six hours training.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit student in the workplace four times over the duration of their course.
  • Students are provided with a webinar timetable with webinars scheduled at varying times throughout the day or evening to maximise face-to-face attendance and participation. They have one three hour webinar per month (10 in total).

Trainee students:

  • This course is delivered to adult trainees via a blend of online learning and workplace delivery and assessment.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit a students workplace six times over the duration of their course. Students are provided with a webinar timetable with webinars scheduled at varying times throughout the day or evening to maximise face-to-face attendance and participation.

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.

Learning support

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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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