Offering Info

Certificate III in Performance Horse

  • National Course Code: ACM30817
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30817-01V01-21TAR-147

Location – Taree


Self paced



Course Start Date


Study Commitment

6.7 Hours per week


30 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Performance Horse gives you the essential practical skills and knowledge you need to work as a stablehand, groom or strapper. You will learn to care for, handle and ride horses, and turn your passion for these amazing animals into a rewarding career.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Handle a variety of horses
  • Use groundwork drills
  • Undertake stable duties
  • Correctly wash and groom horses for competition
  • Feed horses and meet nutritional requirements
  • Safely transport horses
  • Fit gear to a variety of horses
  • Participate in ridden and non-ridden horse exercise
  • Apply First Aid to horses and humans


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A love of the outdoors
  • A strong work ethic
  • The ability to work early mornings
  • Excellent communication
  • The ability to take direction


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • First Aid certificate

Career opportunities:

  • Stablehand or assistant
  • Equine groom
  • Stud hand
  • Strapper
  • Farmhand
  • Stockrider
  • Trail ride assistant


Take your career to the next level with the:

  • Diploma of Performance Horse

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


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


Work experience provides you with exposure to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. We strongly recommend you undertake work experience with a suitable industry employer.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • A passion for horses and an interest in the equine industry
  • A strong work ethic
  • A reasonable level of fitness to complete manual tasks such as tacking up, carrying items up to 15kg and horse riding
  • A love of the outdoors
  • The ability to follow directions, both supervised and unsupervised

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course you need to be able to provide the following evidence:

  • Students will be sent an Industry engagement form to complete. This will be used to determine the experience level of the students and their past experience with horses.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • access to a computer and internet and access to horses and equipment.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an Online Flexible delivery course. You will need to study approximately 6 hours of study per week, for your enrolment duration of 30 months. You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

As well as the online component, there is a requirement to do 1.7 hours of face to face or other study.

You may also be required to complete approximately 3.2 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including Practicing learned skills and knowledge, Video evidence, online tasks.

You will be provided with information regarding the workshops held at the Taree campus. Video submission of practical assessment is available for eligible students.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • wish to gain employment in the Performance Horse Industry.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Trainers are available 5 days per week for support and assistance with online study.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide the following resources which is retained on completion of study:

  • Students will have to provide their own accommodation when travelling to Taree for the practical workshops.
  • Bring to each session appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: safety glasses, gloves, safety footwear, suitable clothing such as cotton drill work wear and other equipment in line with industry requirements for their workplace or worksite. Sunscreen and a broad brimmed hat.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details. (only if available as a trainee)

Core Units
Number Title
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
Number Title
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU210 Lunge educated horses
ACMEQU402 Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care
ACMHBR302 Carry out basic hoof care procedures
ACMHBR305 Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
ACMHBR310 Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
ACMPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour
AHCLSK316 Prepare livestock for competition
RGRPSH401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of horses

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Stable hand;
Stud hand;
Groom or strapper;
Farm hand; stock rider;
Trail-ride assistant

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

Montgomery Crescent, Taree
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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