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Equestrian Coaching Diploma

SIS50321 Diploma of Sport with Equestrian Coaching Electives

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Equestrian Coaching Diploma

SIS50321 Diploma of Sport with Equestrian Electives


Course Summary

Are you already a professional/ qualified instructor and would like to further your teaching knowledge and skills?

You can now be qualified at Diploma level so you can teach your students in your speciality area. The best bit is that as you increase your skills and knowledge, your students will improve their performance.


If you are planning to enrol in your Equestrian Coaching Diploma, you should already be an experienced rider and preferably and experienced equestrian instructor.

For those planning to align their qualification with Equestrian Australia coaching certification, you should complete your EA pre-requisites before commencing equestrian coaching electives. 

The following units (included in the Specialised Horseriding Instructor) will be pre-requisites for the Equestrian Coaching Diploma

Equestrian Australia Pre-requisites 
  • Introductory or Level 1 Horse Management certificate/s
  • Introductory or Level 1 Riding certificate/s
  • First Aid certificate
  • Other pre-requisites as stipulated by Equestrian Australia 

Are There Any Pre-Requisites?

What Units of Competency are Included?

Depending on the units chosen 14 of the following units will be in your SIS50321 Diploma of Sport course.

Course options are Equestrian Coaching Diploma, Introductory Coaching Diploma, Foundation Coaching Diploma or Equine Sport Diploma.

Packaging rules show that the 3 core units are compulsory and 11 other units are to be completed. Suggested options are below:

Core (Compulsory for all courses) 
  • BSBOPS504 Manage business risk
  • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
  • SITXHRM003 Lead and mange people
Equestrian Coaching Diploma
(Diploma of Sport – Equestrian Coaching)
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • SISSSCO003 Meet participant coaching needs
  • SISSSCO004 Plan, conduct and review programs
  • SISSSCO007 Apply sport psychology principles
  • SISSSCO008 Apply anti-doping principles
  • SISSSCO011 Manage integrity in sport
  • ACMPHR402 Manage horses to meet performance horse sport requirements
  • ACMPHR403 Evaluate equine training methodologies
  • ACMPHR505 Manage fitness in performance horses
  • SISSEQS003 Coach official national competition participants in equestrian
    (Equestrian Australia Level 1 Coaching pre-requisites should be completed prior to enrolling in this unit)
  • ACMPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour 
Introductory Coaching Diploma
(Diploma of Sport – Coaching)
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • SISSSCO003 Meet participant coaching needs
  • SISSSCO004 Plan, conduct and review programs
  • SISSSCO007 Apply sport psychology principles
  • SISSSCO008 Apply anti-doping principles
  • SISSSCO011 Manage integrity in sport
  • ACMPHR402 Manage horses to meet performance horse sport requirements
  • ACMPHR403 Evaluate equine training methodologies
  • SISSEQS002 Coach unofficial local competition competitors in equestrian
    (Equestrian Australia Introductory Coaching pre-requisites should be completed prior to enrolling in this unit)
  • SISSEQS001 Coach individual participants in the introduction of equestrian activities
  • ACMPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour 
Foundation Coaching Diploma
(Diploma of Sport – Coaching)
  • HLTAID001 Provide First Aid
  • SISSSCO003 Meet participant coaching needs
  • SISSSCO004 Plan, conduct and review programs
  • SISSSCO007 Apply sport psychology principles
  • SISSSCO008 Apply anti-doping principles
  • SISSSCO011 Manage integrity in sport
  • ACMPHR402 Manage horses to meet performance horse sport requirements
  • ACMPHR403 Evaluate equine training methodologies
  • SISSEQS001 Coach individual participants in the introduction of equestrian activities
  • ACMPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour
  • ACMEQU212 Handle horses safely OR BSBTWK503 Manage meetings
Equine Sport Diploma
(Diploma of Sport – Equine Electives)
  • SISSSCO003 Meet participant coaching needs
  • SISSSCO004 Plan, conduct and review programs
  • SISSSCO007 Apply sport psychology principles
  • SISSSCO008 Apply anti-doping principles
  • SISSSCO011 Manage integrity in sport
  • SISOEQU014 Determine nutritional requirements for sport or recreational horses
  • ACMPHR402 Manage horses to meet performance horse sport requirements
  • ACMPHR403 Evaluate equine training methodologies
  • ACMPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour
  • BSBTWK503 Manage meetings
  • ACMEQU212 Handle horses safely OR HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
Other Electives 
  • Please talk to us about other available options if the units in the above courses are not suitable. Although we may be able to change your units, there may be an additional charge.

There will be some flexibility within these units. If you would like to complete different units within your Equestrian Coaching Diploma course then please talk to us.

We may have your required units within another one of our courses, and can easily offer you a change of units within your course.

You should have extensive previous experience with horses and some competition experience in your specialty area.

Your additional co-requisites which can be completed either prior to commencing your course or prior to commencing the coaching component of your course.

They are;

a) St Johns First Aid (or equivalent) which should be completed by an external provider. There is some more information about this course on this link http://stjohn.org.au/first-aid-training or contact your local St Johns.

b) Australian Sports Commission Online Community Coaching course. Please visit this page to Enrol (no charge) https://learning.ausport.gov.au/auth/login/
Next to the yellow Login button, there is an option to register.

On successful completion of the ‘Equestrian Coaching Diploma’ course, you will receive a certificate to show your future employers.

We want you to be qualified in the latest, most up to date courses. If the course changes while you are enrolled then we will do our best to change your course into the new course as early as possible.

Also, we monitor the latest demands of the horse industry and we continually update our courses to meet these demands and to give you the best course possible.


How Long Will My Course Take?

This course for your riding instructor qualifications has been designed for full time study, over 96 weeks (112 weeks including holidays), with 400 hours recommended teaching experience to be gained during the course.

However, it could take less time if you already have previous experience with horses or plan to study for more than 23 hours per week plan to study full time.

If you plan to study this course as well as school, college or University then please talk to use about a flexible schedule that allows more study time over your holidays.

If you already have previous experience and would like to study full time, this course about increase your equestrian coaching skills to Diploma level could take much less. Simply let us know if you would like to ‘fast track’ your course!

Of course you may study part time if you like and your enrolment will be valid for up to three years. If you would like to re-enrol for a further two years, simply contact us for your updated enrolment details.

What Part of the Course is Delivered Online?

All theory lessons are delivered online through your secure web portal with a range of resources such as

  • Workbooks
  • Extension Lessons/Homework
  • Video Tutorials
  • Power Point Presentations
  • 24 x 7 Email Support access
  • You will have access to the Online Horse
    College team through phone, email and Skype

    And Much, Much More!

The theory component is assessed through International Horse College and the practical component may be completed through a variety of methods as outlined below

This ‘Equestrian Coaching Diploma’ course will be much more straightforward if you have easy access to an equestrian centre environment where you can regularly practice your skills

You will also be able to have regular phone tutorials during the course. These can be booked whenever you need additional support.

Although they will need to be confirmed with us, when you complete many of your online assessments then you will know the results immediately!


Are There Any Practical Tasks Within My Course?

Of course! Horses are live animals and learning about horse behaviour, especially when they are ridden is an essential part of this course.

To meet the practical coaching components of the course;

  • A combination of practical skills and theoretical knowledge are the main requirements for this qualification and these skills will be developed throughout the course.
  • There are a few options to complete the practical requirements of this course, depending on your location, time available and other commitments.
  • There may be some components of your course that may be completed by RPL from prior qualifications, references or third party reports.
  • Our most popular option is for assessment of practical tasks to be done by video. There are instructions for the submission of video (usually through YouTube.com) within your course content.
  • If any resubmissions are required, you will receive feedback from our qualified trainer assessors
  • If you need further practical experience with horses before submitting your video, this could be done in your local area or with contacts you already have within the horse industry.
  • Please use our checklist to confirm the requirements of a suitable equestrian environment to gain further practical experience with horses https://www.internationalhorsecollege.com/equestrian-environment-checklist
  • If you already have a horse care teacher or equestrian coach, they may be already qualified to supervise and/ or assess your practical assessments or even give us a Third Party Report. (There is an application process for assessors that must be completed prior to your assessment).
  • Other people who may be qualified to supervise and/ or assess could be your riding instructor, the owner/manager of your stable, or someone-one else you know who has considerable experience with horses. The cost for the practical assessments is paid directly to the assessor or person providing the report/s.
  • If you prefer to study the practical components of your course in an on campus mode, we hold five day practical workshops about four times during the year at Caboolture (Qld, Australia). There is a discounted charge if you pay for your workshop with your enrolment. It may also be possible to organise workshops at your centre, although there will probably be an additional charge for this.
  • You may also be required to self assess and peer assess your practical activities with horses. A peer may be some-one with around the same experience as you with horses. They act as a mirror and mark off your checklist as you complete your activities.
  • We may also conduct some verbal assessments during a phone call or phone tutorial. Some of the practical assessments may be simulated when it is impractical to assess in a realistic setting.

Will I be Accepted into this Course?

To be accepted into this course, you should be:

  • fit and healthy enough to meet the practical requirements
    of this course
  • have met the pre-requisite section of this course
  • an experienced competitor in your area of specialisation
  • at least seventeen (17) years of age to commence this course
  • completed equivalent to Year 11 (Queensland Education)
  • or equivalent to twelve years full-time study in the English language
  • or equivalent to thirteen years full-time study in another language
    • with excellent reading, writing, speaking and listening English language skills
    • with previous qualifications or extensive experience with horses

Alternatively you may have sufficient life experience (at least 18 years) in lieu of the educational qualifications.

This course is delivered and assessed in English, so if English is not your first language you should be able to read, write, listen and speak the English language in an excellent manner prior to Enrolment so you can maximise your learning.

If you believe you have equivalent pre-requisites to enter this course, or a very good reason why you cannot meet these pre-requisites, please contact us to discuss alternative ways to enter this course.


What Do I need to Supply for this Course?

For you to study this course, you will need to supply

  • A computer with Internet access
  • Microsoft Office suite (preferable but not essential)
  • Printer
  • Scanner (preferable but not essential)
  • Skype software (free) for phone tutorials
  • Other free software as advised during the course
  • An equestrian environment for practical training and assessments, ideally in a commercial setting (see our checklist)
  • Groups of riders where you can gain experience teaching your specialised skills
  • Suitable horses for your practical activities
  • A supervisor who has experience with horses and in particular in the section you are studying. As horse activities are of a high risk nature, it is essential that when you are attempting unfamiliar activities you
    • have completed the theory components prior to attempting the practical components
    • are under the supervision of an experienced horse person who can perform the task competently. This supervisor should have performed the task many times, is able to advise you on the risks and show you how to minimise the risks. They should continue to supervise you until you have shown that you are doing the task satisfactorily according to industry standards.

Is this the Right Course for Me?

  • Would you like to continue your career with horses?
  • Do you love helping people?
  • Would you like to teach people about horses and riding in a specialty area?
  • Do you plan to continue your career with horses and would like further professional qualifications?
  • Are you a business owner and would like your staff to become qualified horse riding instructors some so you can obtain better priced insurance?
  • Would you just like to know that you are riding and training your horse correctly within your specialty area?

If you have said ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, then YES… this is the right course for you!

What if I Can’t Ride Any More?

You need to be an experienced competitor within your specialty area. If this experience is not current then please contact us with proof of this previous competition experience.

Will this Course be Recognised in My Country ?

Our distance learning equine studies work within the Australian Training Qualifications Framework (AQTF).

We provide a Pathway from High School through our Certificate and Diploma courses that give recognised credit into University courses.

These distance learning equine courses are registered in Australia, but because they are taught by distance education, students can access them around the world and still receive their educational qualifications.

Most countries recognise qualifications delivered and accredited by Registered Training Organisations in Australia. They are often held in higher regard to qualifications issued in their own country!

If your country has equestrian and equine qualifications, they may be able to grant RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) into their qualifications from your studies at International Horse College.

What Further Study or Work
Opportunities are Available
on Completion of My Course?

When you have completed the ‘Equestrian Coaching Diploma’ course, you can enrol in our ‘Equine Business Manager’ course.

There may be some credits form your Equestrian Coaching Diploma into our other courses.


Why Should I Study at International Horse College?

Hundreds of happy students before you would like to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity of studying with International Horse College. Here are top five reasons why students like to study with us

  • Flexible online courses
  • Equine career pathway
  • Approachable, friendly staff
  • Affordable payment options
  • Internationally recognised courses

We keep abreast with the latest development within the equine industry and Training Packages and courses are revised, we will re-enrol you in the updated course before the teach-out period at no additional cost to you.

Why are the course prices discounted?

We recently upgraded our courses and procedures with the latest assessment tools, continually improve our curriculum, as well as more personal student support, and now offer discounted prices. Our goal is accessible education, staying current, expanding our student base, and upholding high standards, We provide cutting-edge education and foster enrolment urgency. Quality remains exceptional despite the discounts. Our commitment to inclusivity, innovation, and growth, empowers learners from diverse backgrounds.

Discounted prices enable more individuals to benefit from our upgraded courses and achieve personal and professional growth.

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What you Receive With This Enrolment

  • Complete online course through your dedicated Student Portal
  • Student support throughout your course
  • Submit videos assessments for your practical tasks or use one of our other options

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As you are undertaking an Australian qualification on the National Training Framework, you must provide the following identification


  • PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP (Either Birth Certificate Medicare Card or Passport for any Country)
  • PROOF OF RESIDENCY (Drivers Licence / 18+ Card / Bank Statement / Centrelink Card/ Utility Bill / AEC Letter displaying your current residential address)
  • USI (Unique Student Identifier,) details found on this link www.USI.gov.au
  • PROOF OF PRIOR EDUCATION OR CERTIFICATES Funded students will require additional identification as stated on your Enrolment Form


    (If you are able to provide Birth Certificate or Passport then please contact us)
  • PROOF of ID (a form of photo identification preferably)
  • PROOF of Prior Education or Certificates

Please call us on (07) 3102 5498 if you would like to find out more and to discuss your course identification options.

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