National code: ACM30821

Certificate III in Horse Care

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Overview About this course

Gain a solid understanding of horse behaviour and body language that will help you safely care for and handle horses. Learn vital equine management skills that will further your studies or enhance your opportunities to work in the equine industry.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Safely care for and handle horses

  • Provide routine care and First Aid

  • Safely load and unload horses

  • Apply equine biosecurity and infection control practices

  • Implement a horse health program

  • Prepare horses for presentation

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level

  • A pathway to further study in equine management

  • Specialist skills that will allow you to work in various sectors of the equine industry

  • Confidence to safely handle and care for horses

  • A sound understanding of horse behaviour and body language

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • Completion of the Use of Animals in Learning course through the TAFE NSW Moodle on your first day of class to meet the requirements of the TAFE NSW Animal Ethics Committee

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A calm, compassionate and reliable nature

  • An adequate level of fitness to manage the physical demands of working with horses and handling related equipment

  • A passion and enthusiasm for horses and their welfare

  • A computer or similar device with internet connection

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Stablehand

Stablehands assist with handling of horses and maintaining and cleaning stables.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    69%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    1,500 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    32 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $840

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    44 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Entry level

  • Gender share

    58% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: equine groom, stud hand, strapper, farmhand and trail ride assistant.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Horse Care does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Horse Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 18 units of competency, including 9 core and 9 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Prepare horses for presentation at an event ACMEQU311

  • Implement a horse health program ACMEQU305

  • Load and unload horses ACMEQU217

  • Work safely in equine workplaces ACMEQU313

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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