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Overview

The Horsemanship and Breeding course is suitable for students who want to develop the skills to manage their own equine breeding enterprise, or seek employment at a stud. Students have access to the El Pascol Australian Stockhorse Stud and Quarter Horse Stud to give them plenty of practical experience. The Horsemanship and Breeding program is an intensive 18 week course designed to help graduates advance their equine career.

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered at the following QATC locations:

  • Longreach Pastoral College (full time on-campus)

 

Current intakes:

Intake date/s Location
Semester 1, 2018 Longreach

 

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

The Horsemanship and Breeding course is run over 18 weeks and equips students with the skills necessary to build a career in one of the largest industries in Australia.

A hands-on approach helps students learn about breeding, showing, and stable management as well as general care and handling of horses. Additional skills development is also undertaken during the course, including mustering and property maintenance.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $10,552
Co-contribution fee rate $5,456
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate $4,720

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 course can apply their learning to their own equine enterprise or current employment, or may find employment as a stable hand, stud groom or stud farm worker.

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

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

This program is for applicants who have completed Year 12 or equivalent, previously completed a Certificate II qualification, and/or mature age with current or prior work experience. 

The Horsemanship and Breeding Program is undertaken in an accelerated program of delivery, and therefore students must have a pre-existing level of rider proficiency to ensure they have the best possible chance to demonstrate competency in the units that make up the program.  For more information on rider rating see 'Important information about safety in horse program training delivery' below.  Students of all rider proficiences are able to undertake other horse-related courses at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, including the Equine Studies Program.

Preferred requirements

n/a

UNITS OF STUDY

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

 

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

 

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

 

Prepare horses for competition, presentation or sale

ACMEQU211

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare a well-educated, calm, consistent and obedient horse for exhibition in sales, competition or promotion. It involves washing, grooming and trimming horses; cleaning and fitting equipment; and monitoring horses during and after events.

This unit applies to individuals who have no experience, limited experience or no recent experience working in horse industry sectors. They undertake defined routine activities under supervision with limited responsibility for their own work in environments including wash bays, grooming bays, yards and stables at competition, and sales venues or workplaces.

 

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

 

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 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)

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.

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.

Prepare livestock for competition

AHCLSK316

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare and train livestock for competitive showing.

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)

Comply with industry animal welfare requirements

AHCLSK331

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to comply with industry animal welfare requirements in the production of livestock.

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, work in a range of known contexts, and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources. They provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable problems. 

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)

Maintain horses in a healthy state

ACMHBR308

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain horses in a healthy state, including maintaining a safe horse environment, assisting with vaccination programs, and implementing horse health and hoof care programs and maintenance.

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.

 

 

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.

Carry out natural mare mating procedures

ACMHBR303

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out mare mating procedures using stallions for natural service to maximise conception rates and live foal outcomes. It includes identifying mares in oestrus, attending mares for service, providing support for reproductive services and keeping accurate records.

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 environments.

Handle and care for stallions

AHCMBR403

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to handle and care for stallions, particularly throughout the mating process.

The unit applies to individuals who use specialised horse breeding knowledge and skills and have experience working with stallions. They have responsibility for a work activity, area or team, and provide and communicate solutions for a range of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems in the horse breeding sector.

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.

Assess suitability of horses for specific uses

ACMHBR305

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the suitability of horses for specific uses, and defines the standard required to identify horse conformation, assess soundness and temperament of horses, and maintain accurate data documentation.

The unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction, taking 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.

Carry out stud management duties

ACMHBR401

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to nominate horses for sale or exhibition, complete and forward required pedigrees, transfer forms and stud records for the property, and other administrative matters.

The unit applies to individuals who use specialised knowledge and skills, have responsibility for a work activity, area or team, and provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems in the horse breeding sector.

Raise young horses

ACMHBR311

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to raise young horses, including observing foal development, meeting dietary needs, and handling and assisting with educating young horses.

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 horse industry environments.

Handle young horses

ACHMBR307

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to handle young horses in order to conduct a range of routine tasks, including catching and weaning foals and preparing yearlings for sale.

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 horse industry environments.

Participate in horse events and activities

ACMPHR303

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare a horse and self to attend and participate in horse events and/or activities. It includes presentation grooming, caring for horses at events, complying with rules and regulations of the event, managing deadlines and responsibilities, self-presentation, and basic sports psychology. It addresses potential risks associated with working with and around horses.

The unit applies to individuals who have experience working in performance horse industry sectors in a range of environments. They carry out work under minimal supervision within industry guidelines and may have responsibility for highly valuable animals.

Additional Information

Accommodation

Residential Accommodation

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 Only Option $20 per day (includes morning tea and lunch only)

For more information see the accommodation fees schedule

Off-campus Accommodation 

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.

 

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

Important information about safety in horse program training delivery

The Horsemanship and Breeding 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 Horsemanship and Breeding Program being delivered at Longreach Pastoral College in 2018:

ACMEQU205 - Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

ACMEQU202 - Handle horses safely

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

AHCLSK2018 - Ride educated horses to carry out basic stock work.

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.

Course Details - At a glance

The Horsemanship and Breeding course equips students with the skills necessary to build a career in one of the largest industries in Australia.

  • On Campus
  • Full Time
  • 18 weeks
  • Sem 1, 2018
  • 20 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $10,552
    • Co-contribution fee rate: $5,456
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: $4,720