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Certificate III in Performance Horse


Certificate III in Performance Horse ACM30817

Course Overview

Take your passion for horses to the next level with a Certificate III in Performance Horse.

Throughout this course, you’ll gain the skills to work and train horses in a range of environments. You'll learn handling, feeding, exercising techniques, as well as how to care for horses in terms of stable duties, fitting gear, competition and transportation requirements.

This course is delivered as a blended model, with a combination of online learning supported by practical workshops at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre. Students will also undertake a minimum of 40 hours of work placement in an equine setting.

This course has been designed for students who have some experience handling horses.

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 to work in the Animal Care and Management industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Professional Rider
  • Trail Riding Assistant
  • Stable Hand
  • Stud Worker
  • Groom
  • Strapper
  • Farm Hand
  • Stock Rider

Further Study

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

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Blended Online - Starts on 14/07/2021

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. 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 training package requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Applicants must complete a self-Assessment of their horse skills prior to entry.
  • Attend an interview.
  • 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.

You also need to be aware that:

  • Students must be over 15 years of age at the time of course commencement.
  • Students will need access to horses in order to complete assessment tasks.
  • Working with horses can be physically demanding, therefore a moderate level of physical fitness, agility and strength is required.
  • Students who choose to enrol into the riding elective are required to undertake a pre-assessment of their walk, trot and canter skills with an N.C.A.S. qualified instructor prior to enrolling into the elective unit.

It is recommended that students have current Tetanus immunisation.

Core Units
Handle horses safely
Care for performance horses
Maintain health and welfare of performance horses
Apply biosecurity measures
Contribute to work health and safety processes
Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
Provide first aid
Apply First Aid For Horses
Elective Units
Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
Lunge educated horses
Transport horses
Carry out basic hoof care procedures
Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
Handle young horses
Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
Participate in horse events and activities
Implement feeding plans for livestock
Demonstrate Basic Horse Riding Skills
Implement and monitor a horse feeding program
Identify equine anatomy

Assessment methods may include:

  • Video/photographic portfolio
  • Online tests
  • Written assignments
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Written reports
  • Third-party evidence

Students will need to provide clothes suitable for working with horses (approved helmet, boots, long pants) with access required to suitable performance horses and facilities to successfully complete the assessment tasks.

Skye Rhodes-Mitchell

This qualification is delivered as a 12-month blended model with online learning resources and webinars to guide students through theory content. Students are required to attend multiple practical workshops throughout the year at the Tone Road campus in Wangaratta.

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.

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.

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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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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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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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.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

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

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

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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