ACM20217 Certificate II in Horse Care


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Training at ACAAS provides you with an outstanding practical hands on learning experience.

Commencing in early 2021 classes will be held 2 evenings a week running from 5:00pm – 8:30pm for 18 months. Small class sizes of 10 students or less ensures a personal and supported learning journey.

You will be trained by highly qualified Veterinary Nurses who also have decades of experience in the Equine Industry, from breeding and agisting to coaching to eventing/judging competitions and everything in between.

ACAAS’s training centre is located inside a 1 acre building above WoofPurNay Veterinary Hospital and South Eastern Equine Hospital which sits on 25 acres in Narre Warren North.

The first 2 units of the course must be completed successfully before you can move on with the rest of the course. This is a legislative requirement to ensure yours, other people and the horse’s safety. First you must successfully pass ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour, then ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely after which you may move on with the rest of the course.

During the course you will experience a 10 day practical placement at an Equine facility that will be arranged for you.

Just some of the course topics you will learn about are:

  • Check and treat horses
  • Carry out basic hoof care
  • Provide basic first aid
  • Daily tasks in the horse industry
  • Lunge educated horses
  • Prepare horses for competition, presentation or sale

…and so much more.

You will work with hand picked horses on the property which are separate to South Eastern Equine Hospital. The horses have been assessed to ensure they have suitable behavioural traits for you to safely practice your skills.

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to work safely when handling and caring for horses. It includes stable duties, fitting gear, assisting with horse exercise work, competition and transportation requirements.

Just some of the resources available:

  • Stables and crush
  • Wash bay
  • Tackroom
  • Dressage arena
  • Paddocks
  • Equine Isolation facilities
  • In house pathology facilities
  • Pharmacy


Where can this course take you?

This is a general qualification for entry into industry sectors where horses are used.

Job roles may include:

  • stable hand
  • farm hand
  • groom
  • stock rider
  • trail-ride assistant

Move on to further training in these courses:

  • RGR30218 Cert III in Racing (Stablehand)
  • RGR301518 Cert III in Racing (Trackwork rider)
  • RGR301619 Cert III in Horse breeding
  • ACM30817 Cert III in Performance horse
  • ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour — 1st Pre-requisite unit
  • ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely — 2nd pre-requisite unit
  • ACMEQU201 Work safely in industries with horses
  • ACMEQU203 Provide basic care of horses
  • ACMEQU204 Perform daily tasks in the horse industry
  • ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communication
  • ACMEQU208 Manage personal health and fitness for working horses
  • ACMEQU210 Lunge educated horses
  • ACMEQU211 Prepare horses for competition, presentation or sale
  • ACMHBR203 Provide daily care for horses
  • ACMHBR201 Check and treat horses
  • ACMHBR302 Carry out basic hoof care procedures
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines.
  • ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid to animals

Secondly, after being accepted into this course, legislation requires successful completion of the following two units in the order they are presented prior to moving on with the rest of the course:

  • ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
  • ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely 

The cost for the delivery of the course is $9850.40; monthly instalments are $703.60/month for 14 months and will be invoiced monthly after the first month of training.

Initial non-refundable payment of $500 is paid to secure a student’s place following their successful Application to Enrol and acceptance of the offer. This payment is made up of the enrolment fee of $200 and $300 for materials supplied. Fees cover all teaching and learning materials, but do not cover costs incurred on work placement and other incidental costs.

Payment includes:

  • Textbook – Horse Sense
  • Uniforms – ACAAS polo shirt
  • Course workbooks
  • Student I.D card
  • Student name badge