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Course overview

The Introductory Equine and Livestock program is run over 21 weeks and equips students with the skills necessary to commence work in one of the largest industries in Australia. Students learn about all aspects of equine handling, care, horsemanship and stable management, as well as develop a range of other skills including mustering, livestock feeding and handling, and property maintenance.

Currently taking expressions of interest for semester one for 2019.

 

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered at Emerald Agricultural College, and students will undertake some of their training at the Longreach Pastoral College during the period of the program.

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

The AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations (Introductory Equine and Livestock) is run over 21 weeks and equips students with the skills necessary to commence work in one of the largest industries in Australia. Students learn about all aspects of equine handling, care, breeding, and stable management, as well as develop a range of other skills including mustering, livestock feeding and handling, and property maintenance.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $11,296
Co-contribution fee rate $7,360
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate $6,880

Training is funded by the Queensland Government under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.  Students should consult our fees policy on the QATC Fees and Funding page for information about eligibility requirements.  The fees listed above represent the cost of training and assessment. Separate fees for students who elect to live in on-campus accommodation or access meals as a day student will apply.

Potential students who graduated Year 12 in 2017 from a Queensland school are urged to review the Yr 12 Fee Free Training information on our fees page.

CAREERS

Graduates of this program may find employment as a stable hand, stud groom, stud farm worker, jackaroo, jillaroo, or apprentice farrier.

Stable hands, stud grooms, and stud farm workers complete a variety of duties in their daily work including preparing horses for competition and sale, assisting with mare mating procedures, foal watch, fence maintenance, equipment care, mucking out, and feeding horses.

Jackaroos and jillaroos work on large properties or stations and may assist with breaking in station horses, mustering, property maintenance, and stock handling.

Farriers work with a variety of people in the equine industry to shoe horses and assist in hoof care. 

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

Minimum age requirements may apply.  Please contact us to discuss your options.

Students will complete a pre-enrolment self-assessment to provide an indication of their existing skills and knowledge. Students will also undergo a Language, Literacy & Numeracy assessment, and a practical skills assessment. These will determine their level of underpinning skills and knowledge. Where gaps in their skills and knowledge are identified, a Student Support Plan is developed.

 

Preferred requirements

N/A   

UNITS OF STUDY

Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

AHCWRK309

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply environmentally sustainable work practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work including limited responsibility for the work of others.

Work routines meet organisational and compliance requirements for ethical handling and welfare of animals, environmental sustainability, work health and safety, and biosecurity appropriate to the work role.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Contribute to work health and safety processes

AHCWHS301

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out enterprise work health and safety policies and procedures.

This unit is applicable to individuals. They typically work within clear reporting lines and procedures.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures and work health and safety and other relevant legislation and codes.

This unit applies to individuals who actively participate in the workplace safety system and work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They work in a range of known contexts and complete routine activities.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) and occupational safety and health (OSH) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State and Territory OHS legislative requirements.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

 

Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

ACMEQU205

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop basic knowledge of horse behaviour, read horse body language and minimise risk to self and others when interacting with horses.

The unit applies to individuals who are new or inexperienced in handling, working with and/or riding horses. Individuals at this level work under supervision.

 

Update December 2017:  This unit has been included as compulsory prerequisites to undertaking horse units in AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations-based programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2018, in response to the Skills Impact endorsing updated units of competency, skill sets and qualification to be reflected in the current ASQA training packages.  More information can be found at www.training.gov.au

 

Handle horses safely

ACMEQU202

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify, safely catch, control and handle calm, consistent and obedient horses educated for the relevant activity. It covers knowledge of potential risks working with and around horses and following industry guidelines and procedures to ensure the welfare and safety of the individual, other workers and the horse.

The unit applies to individuals who have no experience, limited experience or no recent experience working in the relevant horse industry sector. They undertake defined routine activities under supervision and have limited responsibility for their own work. Working environments may include stables, paddocks, yards, tracks, exercise arenas and public areas.

 

Update December 2017:  This unit has been included as compulsory prerequisites to undertaking horse units in the AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations - based programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2018, in response to the Skills Impact endorsing updated units of competency, skill sets and qualification to be reflected in the current ASQA training packages.  More information can be found at www.training.gov.au

 

Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot, and canter

ACMEQU206

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to control a horse under saddle that is suitably educated for a beginner rider. It focuses on walking, trotting and cantering calm, obedient and consistent horses that are suitable for the level of rider experience, during controlled, supervised horse riding activities.

It covers knowledge of potential risks when working with and around horses, and the application of industry guidelines and procedures to ensure the welfare and safety of the individual, other participants and horses.

The unit applies to individuals who have limited or no horse riding experience, and who are developing skills needed to ride horses for work tasks. They undertake defined routine activities under supervision with limited responsibility for their own work. Working environments may include exercise yards and fenced horse riding areas or arenas.

 

Update December 2017:  This unit has been included as compulsory prerequisites to undertaking horse units in AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations-based programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2018, in response to the Skills Impact endorsing updated units of competency, skill sets and qualification to be reflected in the current ASQA training packages.  More information can be found at www.training.gov.au

 

Ride educated horses to carry out basic stock work

AHCLSK218

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to handle and ride calm horses educated to muster and move livestock. It addresses the potential risks associated with working with and around horses and livestock.

The unit applies to individuals who have experience in riding horses assessed as calm, consistent and obedient. They work under general supervision, with some accountability for their own work, identifying and providing solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

Muster and move livestock

AHCLSK210

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to muster and move livestock as part of a team. 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They identify and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

In addition to legal responsibilities, all units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Train, care for, and ride horses for stock work

AHCLSK337

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to handle, ride and train horses to muster, move and separate livestock. It covers caring for horses and equipment, and addresses the potential risks associated with working with and around horses and livestock.

This unit applies to individuals who have experience working in the livestock industry and in riding educated, compliant and manageable horses to muster and check stock on grazing properties. Work is normally carried out independently, under broad direction according to workplace procedures.

Implement feeding plans for livestock

AHCLSK310

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to implement feeding plans. All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices. This unit applies to intensive animal production systems. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They complete routine activities and work in a range of known contexts. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication. (Source: training.gov.au as at July 2018)

Provide daily care for horses

ACMHBR203

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide daily care for horses.

The unit applies to individuals who carry out work under routine supervision within organisation guidelines and with limited autonomy for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context within horse breeding and other horse industry environments.

 

You will:

  • Prepare to work with horses
  • Clean stables and surrounding areas
  • Select, catch and tie up horses
  • Perform daily work programs, 
  • Groom and rug horses
  • Clean and maintain stable gear.

Source: training.gov.au accessed 26/02/2018

Carry out basic hoof care procedures

ACMHBR302

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain horse hooves in premium condition.

The unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They complete routine activities and work in a range of known contexts within horse breeding and other horse industry environments.

Prevent and treat equine injury and disease

ACMHBR310

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise ailments in horses and apply procedures for the prevention and treatment of equine injury and disease.

The unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They complete routine activities and work in a range of known contexts within horse breeding or other horse industry environments.

Administer medication to livstock

AHCLSK301

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply preventative health treatments and other medications to livestock under professional supervision.

 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

 

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They complete routine activities and work in a range of known contexts.

 

Source: training.gov.au accessed 29/11/2017

Implement animal health control programs

AHCLSK309

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to implement animal health control programs.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They complete routine activities and work in a range of known contexts 

All units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Keep production records for a primary production business

AHCAGB301

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to keep production business records such as paddock and livestock activity in accordance with workplace requirements auditing purposes. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Plan and construct conventional fencing

AHCINF303

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and construct conventional fencing.

All work is carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety legislation and codes, manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources. 

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Additional Information

Course Disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

Accommodation

Residential

Longreach Pastoral College provides single study bedrooms for students.  Rooms are fully furnished, have wi-fi access, and are serviced weekly. Each residential block has a common room fitted with a television, kitchenette, and dial-in telephone. A full laundry service is provided.

Fee Type Amount Details
Full Time Residential Accommodation $370 per week (includes accommodation, meals and laundry)
Day Student $20 per day (optional purchase of morning tea and lunch)

For more information see the accommodation fees schedule

Off-campus 

A range of rental accommodation is also available in the town of Longreach for students who may wish to live off-campus.

Work experience travel and accommodation

Where work experience is conducted as part of a program, travel, accommodation, and food costs related to the placement are covered under the program cost.

Important information about safety in horse program training delivery

The Equine Studies Program is based on the AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations course.  

In late 2017, changes to the delivery of horse-related units under AHC Training Package (and all other training packages that contain equine units of competency except RGR Racing Training Package) were endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, in response to a report called 'Training in equine programs in Australia' commissioned to develop a consistent approach by all vocational training organisations for managing work health and safety risks in the horse industry across Australia.

This review has had the impact that from 2018 Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges is adopting the compliance code that requires us to include additional units of competency to embed safe practice in the training environment, for all programs of study that include horse-related units.

For this reason the following additional units are added to the Equine Studies Program being delivered at Emerald Agricultural College in 2018:

ACMEQU205 - Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

ACMEQU202 - Handle horses safely

ACMEQU206 - Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter

 

Horse and rider safety are paramount to delivering quality educational programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.  Both horses and riders undertake individual assessment of their capabilities in accordance with the tasks required of them in the training environment.  

Riders are assessed prior to the commencement of their training, and during their program of study, against the following Rider Assessment Table:

Rider standard Requirements
Level 1 Beginner rider
  • Has limited balance and control at a walk
  • Has NO balance at trot
  • Unable to cue the horse through leg aids
  • Has limited ability to give directional queue via hands through reigns

Is able to ride horses with direct supervision of staff/instructor may be
required to be led.
Must wear helmet at all times
May be required to wear rider safety vest, at discretion of instructor
Level 2 Beginner rider
  • Can maintain balance and control at walk
  • Has limited control at trot
  • Has the ability to provide basic cues through hands and feet

Is able to ride horses with direct supervision of staff/instructor
Must wear helmet at all times
May be required to wear rider safety vest, at discretion of instructor
Level 3 Novice rider
  • Can maintain balance and control at walk, trot and slow canter
  • Has the ability to provide basic queues through hands and feet

Is able to ride horses with direct supervision of staff/instructor
Must wear helmet at all times
May be required to wear rider safety vest, at discretion of instructor
Level 4 Intermediate rider
  • Can maintain balance and control at walk, trot and canter
  • Has the ability to cue the horse through hands and feet
  • independently at all gaits
  • Gives clear directions to horse and can send horse in straight line

Is able to ride horses without direct supervision of staff/instructor
Must wear helmet at all times
Level 5 Advanced rider
  • Can maintain balance and control at all gaits
  • Gives clear directions to horse and can send horse in straight line
  • Has an Independent seat and the ability to cue the horse through
  • hands and feet independently at all gaits
  • Displays a strong understanding of horse behaviour and experience in riding horses
Is able to ride horses without direct supervision of staff/instructor
Must wear helmet at all times

 

Regardless of the Rider Rating derived from the assessment above, all students must undertake the prerequisite training units.

At a glance

Career opportunities for graduates can be found in equine industries, as well as other agricultural businesses where horses are integrated into managing and operating the enterprise.

  • On Campus
  • Full time
  • 21 weeks
  • 21 January 2019
  • 16 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $11,296
    • Co-contribution fee rate: $7,360
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: $6,880