Certificate III in Horse Breeding


Course Length

Part time:

18 months


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Wangaratta - Tone Road

Delivery Mode


School Based Apprenticeship


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

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $3,880.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $776.00

3. Subsidised Trainee: $3,880.00

4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $776.00

5. Full Fee: $8,245.00

Course Materials: $194.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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

Entry Requirements

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.

Course Study Units

Core Units
ACMINF302 - Follow equine biosecurity and infection control procedures
BSBWHS201 - Contribute to health and safety of self and others
RGRHBR301 - Work effectively in horse breeding sector
Elective Units
ACMEQU202 - Handle horses safely
ACMEQU204 - Perform daily tasks in the horse industry
ACMEQU205 - Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMHBR301 - Transport horses
ACMHBR302 - Carry out basic hoof care procedures
ACMHBR306 - Provide information on horses
ACMHBR310 - Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
AHCLSK311 - Implement feeding plans for livestock
RGRHBR201 - Assist with oestrus detection in mares
RGRHBR302 - Carry out natural mare mating procedures
RGRHBR304 - Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
RGRHBR307 - Carry out procedures for foaling down mares

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Additional Information

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.

Course Co-ordinator

Christine Meunier

Attendance & Commitment

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.

Educational Support Services

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

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

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Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

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Learner's Rights

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

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.