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Equine Business Management

Funded Study

BSB40320 Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business
(Australian Qualifications)

Higher Level Skills (HLS)


Subsidised by Qld State Government


Enrol in the Equine Business Management course now…


Equine Business Management

BSB40320 Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business

(subsidised by the Queensland State Government – Higher Level Skills – HLS funding)


The Higher Level Skills program provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training in selected certificate IV level qualifications, and priority skill sets.

(see all eligibility criteria below)


Course Summary

This course of study is focused on the business of horses and also includes some horse care units. If you already have your own horse business, this course is designed to increase your ability to manage your own horse business at a higher level of profit. If you are preparing to set up your own horse business, then we focus on assisting you through this process.

What Units of Competency are Included?

In your Equine Business Management course (BSB40320 Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business), the following units of competency are included:

Core (4)

  • BSBSESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • BSBESB402 Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
  • BSBSESB403 Plan finances for new business ventures
  • BSBESB404 Market new business ventures

Electives (6)

  • BSBESB406 Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures
  • BSBESB407 Manage finances for new business ventures
  • BSBMKG434 Promote products and services
  • BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMHBR310 Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
  • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

Areas of Study

  • Define Your Ideal Horse Business
  • Who Are Your Potential Customers?
  • What do Your Customers really Want?
  • What is Your Ideal Horse Business?
  • Income and Expenditure
  • Projected Income and Expenditure
  • What can Finance Your Plan:
  • Make Sure Your Business is Safe
  • Low and No Cost Marketing strategies
  • Maintaining a Consistent Cash Flow
  • Keep Your Business Organised and Well Run
  • Define Your Goals
  • Setting up Networks
  • Asset Assessment
  • Your Business Plan
  • Organise Your Daily Activities
  • Legalities Before you Start
  • Tell Your Customers
  • Customer Service
  • Test and Measure

How Long Will My Course Take?

This course for your Equine Business Management qualifications has been designed for study, over 33 weeks (including 8 weeks holidays).

However, it could take less time if you already have previous knowledge and experience with horses.

You can study your course at any time as long as you have your laptop/computer and internet access.

Where and how will my course be delivered?

Theory assessments are completed online by students and results are submitted through the Student Portal.

The Practical and Third Party Report components within the course are to be assessed at one of our state wide workshops with our qualified assessors.

Workshops are held on weekends and during school holidays.  We have qualified assessors in different locations throughout Queensland

Who will assess my Practical & Third Party Report Assessments?

There is a Practical component to the course that is mandatory and must be completed at one of our state wide workshops with our qualified assessors. These workshops are held on weekends and during school holidays so as not to interfere with the students’ school week. We have a travelling assessor who travels throughout Queensland to run some workshops and qualified assessors in different locations throughout Queensland.

Notification of workshop locations and dates are issued regularly by email from Student Support.

Practical and Third Party assessments within the course require an average of four to five days at Practical Workshops (for the duration of the course) to complete all components. All theory in a unit must be complete prior to attending a workshop for the assessment of the Practical and Third Party Reports.


Will I be Accepted into this Course?

Are you eligible:

  • Australian or New Zealand Citizen
  • Queensland Resident
  • Have not completed a certificate 4 or higher in their education unless through school
  • Are not currently enrolled in a certificate 4 or higher
  • Over the age of 16 years
  • Are no longer at school
  • You must own or be employed by a small business (less than 100 employees)

What do I need to supply for my course?

Resources required:

  • A computer with internet access
  • Microsoft Office suite
  • Printer and scanner
  • Ability to travel to, and attend workshops for your practical assessments

Course Costs

  • Co-contribution of $60 (for students who hold a Centrelink concession card & are no longer in school)
  • Co-contribution of $120 (for students who do not have a Centrelink concession card & are no longer in school)
  • (see all eligibility criteria above)

Why should I study at International Horse College?

  • Flexible online courses
  • Equine career pathway
  • Approachable, friendly staff
  • Australian qualifications
  • Current industry standard course content

Our Happy Students

“As a horse lover, owner/rider and pony club instructor I have been using the online course Cert II in Business (Working with Horses) for the last two years with 3 high school students. I have found the course interesting and engaging and all three girls have completed the course and gained their accreditation. Personally I enjoy getting the emails that Glenys sends out as they always contain so much good down to earth information and always on varying topics. The content has never failed to resonate with my own years of experience and personal feelings for the horse. I keep them all in a special file and revisit when I want a boost. Well done Glenys and the team.”

Pam Shipman
Moura High School, Queensland

“The course is fun, educational and assists in broadening my knowledge of the equine world.”

Lisa H

“Materials have been relevant (to my career with horses) and interesting.”

Amanda E

“Very useful information. Pictures very appropriate.”

Belinda S

“This course gives me a systematic knowledge of horse industry”

Wang L