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Horse Handling Instructor

Statement of Attainment from Certificate III in Rural Operations

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Horse Handling & Safety

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Horse Handling Instructor

Statement of Attainment from AHC30816 Certificate III in Rural Operations


Course Summary

Are you passionate about helping people with their horses?

The Horse Handling Instructor course will give you a professional qualification to teach people about horse handling and safety.

This full course qualification includes those who are new to horses and to complement your existing skills so you can teach Equine Facilitated Learning and other unmounted activities with horses.


What Units of Competency are Included?

In your Horse Handling Instructor course (Statement of Attainment from AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations), the following units of competency are included:

  • ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
  • SISOEQU001 Handle horses
  • SISOEQU010 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks for horse handing and riding activities
  • SISOEQU007 Instruct horse handling skills

The following are recommended only and not mandatory to complete this qualification.

Your recommended co-requisites 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.

(This is a recommended co-requisite only which would be delivered by an external provider at a cost to the student. It is not required for those teaching in a commercial environment where there is always a First Aider available who holds this unit or equivalent qualifications.)

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

There is some flexibility within these units. If you would like to complete additional units within your Fast Track Horse Handling Instructor course then please talk to us.

We may have already completed one or some of these units within another one of our courses, please let us know so we can apply a discount to your course.

You must have extensive previous experience supervising horse handling (at least 50 hours) and be over 18 years of age to commence this course.

If you do not meet these pre-requisites, please look at our other options which may include the Horse Riding Instructor course. The Horse Riding Instructor is a full certificate course and is delivered over a longer period of time which will allow you to establish the knowledge and skills required to become a qualified Horse Riding Instructor.


If you do not wish to teach mounted riding, then talk to us about customising a course for you.

On successful completion of the ‘Horse Handling Instructor’ course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment with the above units from the AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations.

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

If you already have extensive previous experience, this course should be completed in a very short period of time. It is not Centrelink approved, and for experienced professionals the theory could be completed in a couple of weeks.

Otherwise it could take up to three months, with 50 hours of practical teaching experience to be gained during that time.

Sometimes life gets in the way and you may not complete this course as quickly as you think so we will keep your student portal open to give you access to your course for up to one year. If you need longer then please let us know.

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 ‘Horse Handling Instructor’ 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 people are unfamiliar with horses 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 http://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 or one of your instructors. 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
  • at least eighteen (18) years of age to commence this course
  • recommend that you have completed equivalent to Year 10 (Queensland Education)
  • or equivalent to eleven years full-time study in the English language
  • or equivalent to twelve 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
  • A suitable horse 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 have a career with horses?
  • Do you love helping people?
  • Would you like to teach people about handling horses and safety around horses
  • Do you plan to have a career with horses and would like a professional qualification?
  • Do you already have a professional qualification in another area and would like to complement it with an equine qualification to incorporate both areas?
  • 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?

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?

Great news! Riding is not compulsory for this course, so you won’t need to ride to become a qualified horse handling instructor.

You can complete the riding theory in preparation for your teaching components and then (only if you choose) you can complete the riding at a later date.

Will this Course be Recognised in My Country ?

Our distance learning equine studies all 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 ‘Horse Handling Instructor course, you can enrol in our ‘Horse Riding Instructor’ or ‘Own Horse Business’ courses.

The ‘Horse Handling Instructor’ qualification is recognized as a professional horse riding instructor qualification and is suitable to gain insurance for teaching horse riding.

The ‘Horse Riding Instructor’ course will give you the knowledge and skills required to teach people how to ride safely and confidently.

The ‘Own Horse Business’ course can support you to either set up your own business or make your existing business more profitable.

Some of this Horse Handling Instructor course can also be credited towards both ‘Specialised Horse riding Instructor’ and ‘Own Horse Business’ 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 developments within the equine industry and as 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.

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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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Monthly Payments

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Budget Option

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Easy payment Option

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
  • 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.

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

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