The Australian Equine Institute (AEI) was established in 2010, as a division of Intercept Group Pty Ltd. At AEI our aim is to help you gain extensive knowledge and skills that will give you newfound confidence and improve your equine skills and education. A Certificate II in Horse Care does just that, providing the foundational knowledge that any student needs to adequately contribute to an equine workplace. This knowledge is equally important for all horse owners of any age, wanting to be able to take care of their horse with the most up to date knowledge. A Certificate II in Horse Care covers everything from WHS and horse first aid to biosecurity and how to safely load and unload a horse.

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Well Suited to School Age & Mature Age Students (anyone 15 years and over)
School students looking to study Equine while in school
(with points towards your leaving certificate. See students page for more information on points)

 Students that choose to complete this qualification while at school can apply the qualification towards their Leaving Certificate.
Be sure to chat with your School's VET Coordinator in your state or territory to see what steps must be taken to enquire about points that may be applied for you!

The ACM30821 Certificate III in Horse Care is a Nationally Recognised Qualification that can be completed via distance education using our interactive E-learning (Online) platform. The course is completely self-paced. This course is designed for ANYONE 15 years and over that wants to learn more about their equine friend.

 

Who is this Course for? who is this course for

Anyone wanting to pursue a career in the equine industry

Casual horse riders wanting to increase their knowledge of horses and receive Nationally Accredited Qualifications
 
School students looking to study Equine while in school (with points towards your leaving certificate in certain states)
 
 Parents of 'horse mad' kids wanting to speak the same language
 
 'Nervous nellies' getting back into riding after a break wanting to feel more confident

 Seasoned riders and competitors looking to enhance or formalise their knowledge and skills

 Anyone 15 years or older wanting to learn more about horses



 

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+ Course Delivery

The ACM30821 Certificate II in Horse Care is delivered online via our e-Learning Portal accessible from any computer, laptop or compatible device around Australia.  

+ Course Content

The qualification is made up of 18 Units of competency encompassing both theoretical knowledge based assessments and practical and skill based assessments.  Practical assessments will include horse handling, transporting, lunging, and administering First Aid for horses.

CORE UNITS

ACMEQU212 - Handle horses safely
ACMEQU217 - Load and unload horses
ACMEQU221 - Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses
ACMEQU305 - Implement a horse health program
ACMEQU306 - Provide routine care for horses
ACMEQU311 - Prepare horses for presentation at an event
ACMEQU313 - Work safely in equine workplaces
ACMINF302 - Follow equine biosecurity and infection control procedures
RGRPSH308 - Provide first aid and emergency care for horses or other equines

ELECTIVE UNITS

ACMEQU220 - Lunge educated horses
ACMEQU422 – Maintain and monitor horse health
SISOEQU014 - Determine nutritional requirements for sport or recreational horses
ACMEQU412 - Interpret and address horse behaviour and welfare
ACMEQU417 - Advise on horse nutritional needs
ACMGEN303 - Assess the welfare status of an animal
AHCWRK309 - Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS202 - Participate in workplace communications
ACMEQU216 - Check and treat horses

+ Duration of Qualification

Upon enrolment, students are allocated 24 months for completion of this qualification. This qualification is self-paced allowing students to complete in a shorter period If desired.

+ Practical Requirements

Each unit contains theory and practical components to be completed. The benefit of our course is that all aspects can be completed anywhere in Australia.

Each unit of Competency will contain a blend of theory knowledge questions and practical skills-based assessments.

To complete the practical tasks within this course students must have access to 3 calm, consistent, obedient, and suitable horses.

Practical Assessments may need to be recorded and submitted to AEI for assessment. In some assessments, Students will be able to utilise a current and verified Level 1 Equine Coach to complete Third Party Observations.

+ Entry Requirements

All students must:

  • Undergo a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) quiz.
  • Be 15 years or over at the time of entry into the course
  • Be physically able to undertake the practical assessments
  • Have access to 3 calm, consistent and obedient horses
  • Have access to a person at least 18 years of age that can be present during all practical assessments to ensure safety is maintained.
  • Have access to a suitable ‘work environment’* for practical assessments.

*A work environment in this context is anywhere suitable that work with an equine can occur. E.g. stables, paddocks, yards, tracks, exercise arenas and public areas

+ Practical Task Requirements

All students must:

  • Undergo a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) quiz.
  • Be 15 years or over at the time of entry into the course
  • Be physically able to undertake the practical assessments
  • Have access to 3 calm, consistent and obedient horses that are suitable for the required tasks (see below)
  • Have access to a person at least 18 years of age that can be present during all practical assessments to ensure safety is maintained.
  • Have access to a suitable ‘work environment’* for practical assessments.

Certificate III Horse Care

The horses used for demonstration throughout this qualification must be able to perform each of the following tasks. (Each task is required to be performed on 3 horses unless noted below).

  • Provide restraints to each horse including a head collar and halter and lead
  • Tie up each horse, using a quick release safety knot
  • Lead each horse in single file with other horses and handlers
  • Lead each horse through a group of at least 2 other horses
  • Lead each horse through a gate, narrow opening and a confined space
  • Lead each horse using cues (e.g. go, slow, turn, stop).
  • Relocate 2 horses that are positioned in the same place (e.g. stable)
  • Treat and monitor a horse for an abscess and apply treatment to a cut on a shoulder of a different horse
  • Take vital signs of each horse
  • Administer oral medication and re-dress a cut to a recovering horse
  • Load, secure and unload each horse in a transport vehicle
  • Lunge each horse in a bridle or cavesson (at least 5 minutes to the right, and 5 minutes to the left each). Each horse must be controlled during a walk, trot and canter in both directions.
  • Complete cool down procedures on each horse
  • Conduct horse health checks on each horse
  • Apply the leg, fetlock and hoof treatment for 1 horse
  • Externally observe and check each horses’ teeth
  • Drench and vaccinate a horse
  • Provide Oral worming paste to 1 horse
  • Groom, rug and monitor each horse
  • Trim and tidy each horses mane, tail and bridle path using 2 of the following tools: Scissors, Small trimming clippers, Thinning Combs
  • Provide post exercise care to each horse
  • Wash and dry 2 horses
  • Develop and implement health routines for each horse (2 horses must be at different stages of life and/or gender) in accordance with a manager, vet or other equine health practitioner
  • Demonstrate how to quarantine a horse

 

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