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Certificate III in Performance Horse

  • National Course Code: ACM30817
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30817-01V01-21YLH-068

Location – Yallah


Part Time


On campus

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

4 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • 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 successfully complete this course, you will need:
Work placement is not a requirement of this course but may assist some students. All resources and access to horses are provided on campus.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part time day, face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 4 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 36 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 25 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research and assignment preparation.

Students attend TAFE NSW Yallah Equine facility on Thursdays. Resources and assessments are provided using our Moodle. Scheduling of classes may vary, in consultation with students, based on student numbers and campus/teacher availability. There may be attendance required on Fridays for some units but these will be scheduled in advance and students will be provided with an individual timetable outlining attendance requirements.


This course is designed for people who are interested in employment in the equine industry, providing care for horses.

Job roles may include stable hand; stud hand; groom or strapper; farm hand; stock rider; or trail-ride assistant. The qualification applies to individuals who undertake routine activities under minimal supervision with responsibility for their own work.
The qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to work safely with horses, it requires handling, feeding, exercising and caring for horses including stable duties, fitting gear, ridden and non-ridden horse exercise, work, competition and transportation requirements.


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

This course is currently scheduled on Thursday from 8.30am to 12.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

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?


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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
ACMHBR310 Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
RGRPSH401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of horses
ACMPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCBAC302 Establish pastures and crops for livestock production
AHCINF302 Plan and construct an electric fence
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes
AHCMOM211 Operate side by side utility vehicles

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.

Course Location

138 Marshall Mount Road, Yallah
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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