Certificate III in Performance Horse


Course Length

Part time:

1 Year


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Wangaratta - Tone Road

Delivery Mode


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

Starting Mon 5th Oct, Blended Online, Inc Web and Prac / 2020

Blended Online - Starts on 24/02/2021

Blended Online - Starts on 14/07/2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $3,592.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $718.00

3. Full Fee: $7,633.00

Course Materials: $180.00

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 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.

Course Study Units

Core Units
ACMEQU202 - Handle horses safely
ACMPHR301 - Care for performance horses
ACMPHR302 - Maintain health and welfare of performance horses
AHCBIO305 - Apply biosecurity measures
AHCWHS301 - Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK309 - Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
SISOEQO304A - Apply First Aid For Horses
Elective Units
ACMEQU205 - Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU210 - Lunge educated horses
ACMHBR301 - Transport horses
ACMHBR302 - Carry out basic hoof care procedures
ACMHBR305 - Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
ACMHBR307 - Handle young horses
ACMHBR310 - Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
ACMPHR303 - Participate in horse events and activities
AHCLSK311 - Implement feeding plans for livestock
SISOEQO202A - Demonstrate Basic Horse Riding Skills
VU22685 - Identify equine anatomy

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Additional Information

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.

Course Co-ordinator

Skye Rhodes-Mitchell

Attendance & Commitment

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.

Where to From Here

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.

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.

Student Support

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

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.