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ACM20217 Certificate II in Horse Care — COMING SOON to the Australian Equine Institute. Stay tuned!

The Australian Equine Institute (AEI) was established in 2010, as a division of the Intercept Group Pty Ltd. At AEI our aim is to help you gain extensive knowledge and skills that will give you newfound confidence and improve your equine skills and education.

Get on Your Way to a Career with Horses

Nationally Recognised & Accredited Qualifications
Completely Self-Paced Learning (Online or via Workbooks)
We've Perfected Our Courses Over 10+ Years
Gain Points Towards Your Leaving Certificate
Well Suited to School Age & Mature Age Students (anyone over the age of 15)

 WA: 4 points
QLD: 4 points
SA: 99 points/credits
NT: 99 points/credits
VIC: 6 points
TAS: 71 points
NSW: the ACM30817- Certificate III in Performance horse can contribute points toward your HSC – check it out here.

The ACM20217 Certificate II in Horse Care is a Nationally Recognised Qualification that can be completed via distance education using our interactive E-learning (Online) platform or via workbooks. The course is completely self-paced, designed to allow anyone to be able to complete. This course is designed for ANYONE over the age of 15 that wants to learn more about their equine friend. 

Who is this Course for?

Casual horse riders wanting to increase their knowledge of horses and receive Accredited Qualifications
School students looking to study Equine while in school (with points towards your leaving certificate*)
 People looking for employment in the equine industry
 Parents of 'horse mad' kids wanting to speak the same language
 'Nervous nellies' getting back into riding after a break wanting to feel more confident
 Seasoned riders and competitors looking to enhance their knowledge and skills
 Anyone over the age of 15 wanting to learn more about horses

If you are a school student looking to complete a Qualification as a part of your VET in schools, or a teacher looking on behalf of a student. Please click the below link:

"A very well written course with heaps of up to date knowledge. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to further their knowledge."
★★★★★ Hanna. A    Read more student reviews
"Thank you, the course is great! I love the structure of it- it is so easy to study and use. =) Thanks AEI!"
★★★★★ S. Nicholls    Read more student reviews

The course provides relevant and informative units that will equip you with the skills and knowledge to further your equestrian career and enhance you recreational riding abilityregardless if you have experience or are just starting out. Attaining a Nationally Recognised Qualification can help launch a new career or simply provide you with valuable knowledge and skills.

Some main career pathways include:

• Jillaroo/Jackaroo
• Stablehand
• Trail ride leader
• Vet nurse
• Equine dentist
• Track work rider
• Strapper
• Yearling prep
• Broodmare assistant
• Excersise rider
• Stable manager
• Riding school instructor
• Horse breaker


Course Delivery

Our course is delivered online via our unique study portal or via workbooks and can be completed in the comfort of your own home or at school from anywhere in Australia. We do not offer face to face courses as this course is designed to be completed online and at home with your own horse or a loan horse.


Units of Competency

The course is made up of 13 Units (+ HLTAID003 Provide First Aid) HLTAID003 Provide First Aid can be completed with any Registered Training Organisation in your local area.

Each unit has both theory and practical tasks with the practical tasks involve completing a series of tasks including handling, transporting, lunging, and administering First Aid for horses.


Units Included


Apply knowledge of horse behaviour


Handle horses safely


Work safely in industries with horses


Provide basic care of horses


Perform daily tasks in the horse industry


Participate in workplace communications


Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses


Lunge educated horses


Introduce horses to lunge exercise


Prepare horses for competition, presentation, or sale


Check and treat horses


Provide daily care for horses


Apply knowledge of minimising impact of falling from a horse


Provide first aid
-This unit is completed externally and is not offered online.
if you have already completed the HLTAID003 then you can apply for a credit transfer for this unit.


Duration of Qualification

Students are allocated up to 18 months for completion of this course. We do allow self-paced completion of the course in a shorter timeframe if desired.

Practical Requirements

Each unit contains theory and practical components to be completed. The benefit of our course is that all aspects of the course can be completed anywhere in Australia.
To complete the practical tasks within this course students must have access to at least three (3) calm, consistent and obedient horses.

Practical tasks are completed by the use of a combination of:

  • Third party observations
  • Videos submitted to AEI for assessment
  • Level one riding instructor assessing practical tasks

Entry Requirements

  • All students will be required to undergo a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) quiz.
  • Be 15 years or over at the time of entry into the course
  • Appropriate level of physical stamina, strength agility and coordination
  • Access to 3 calm, consistent and obedient horses
  • Students will need to have access to a Level one equine coach and/or have a suitable supervisor over the age of 18 who can maintain safety while video footage of the tasks is taken. 
"Great content, for both city folk and country kids wanting to know more"
★★★★★ Mac. S    Read more student reviews
"Amazing course for anyone with a passion of horses. Great training provider who is always there to help"
★★★★★ Rebecca    Read more student reviews


Any Questions?

 Our friendly and experienced team are here to help. Please enquire online or call us throughout business hours on 1300 378 463 (1300 EQUINE)


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