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Horse Health Foundation

AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations – Equine
(Australian Qualifications)

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)


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(conditions apply)


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Queensland High School students in years 10, 11 and 12

Horse Health Foundation

AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations

(funded by the Queensland State Government – Vocational Education and Training in Schools – VETiS funding)
Tertiary entry for Certificate IV Vet Nursing (conditions apply)
Units for ‘entry requirements’ accepted as an equivalent certificate for studying ACM40418 Cert IV Veterinary Nursing with UQ (University of Queensland)

Course Summary

Would you like to work in the horse industry and are looking for a qualification to get you started?

You may already have your own horse or ride regularly. This qualification fills in the gaps you need to gain employment in the horse industry.

This is an entry level Australian Qualification. Learn about the care, health and welfare of horses including a higher level of handling horses and working effectively in the horse industry.

You can take more responsibility for your working environment within the horse industry and use innovation to improve safety and efficiency with your horse related tasks.

Qualification Code


Qualification Title

Certificate II in Rural Operations



Student Co-Contribution Concessional

$0.00 Per Unit

Student Co-Contribution Non-Concessional

$0.00 Per Unit

Total Units


What Units of Competency are Included?

In your Horse Husbandry Assistant course (AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations), the following units of competency are included:

Core (3)
  • AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
  • AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work
Electives (12)
  • ACMEQU212 Handle horses safely
  • ACMEQU214 Prepare to work safely around horses
  • ACMEQU216* Check and treat horses
  • ACMEQU213* Follow safe work practices in equine industries
  • BSBOPS203 Deliver Service to customers
  • AHCLSK211 Provide feed for livestock
  • AHCWRK213 – Participate in workplace communications 
  • AHCWRK216 – Provide information on products and services
  • AHCWRK210 – Observe and report on weather
  • BSBINS201 Process and maintain workplace information
  • BSBTEC201 Use business software applications
  • BSBTEC202 Use digital technologies to communicate in a work environment

An asterisk (*) next to the unit code indicates that there are prerequisite unit requirements.


How Long Will My Course Take?

This course for your Horse Husbandry Assistant qualifications has been designed for study, over 40 weeks (48 weeks including 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 where possible so a student’s school attendance is not impacted. 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
  • Currently enrolled in a Queensland school in year 10, 11 or 12
  • Have not previously completed or are not currently enrolled in a VETiS funded course of study

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

What further study opportunities are available on completion of my course?

When you have completed the ‘Horse Husbandry Assistant’ course, you can enrol in our ‘Equine Industry Professional’, ‘Equestrian Horse Riding Instructor’ School Based Traineeships.

Your Horse Husbandry Assistant course meets the entry requirement for a certificate III level course to advance your equine career pathway and goals to gain employment.

The ‘Horse Husbandry Assistant’ qualification is recognized as a professional horse industry qualification. Some of this course can also be credited towards further courses of study.

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.”

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