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Accepting Enrolments Now — Enquire Today

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
NSW Residents
May be Eligible for Government Subsidised Training

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government (eligibility criteria applies)

Well Suited to School Age & Mature Age Students (anyone over the age of 15)

 WA: 6 points
QLD: 8 points
SA: 110 points/credits
NT: 110 points/credits
VIC: 6 points
TAS: 81 points
NSW: 4 units* 
*In NSW Performance Horse HSC VET courses count as board endorsed unit credit for the HSC but do not contribute towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) 

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. We have many mature age students and school aged students complete the course.

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:

"I can easily say that studying the Cert 3 in horsemanship through AEI was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made. The AEI Assessors and admins were beyond helpful and so kind which made studying so much easier; the course was very interesting and the knowledge I’ve gained from studying has been so beneficial and helped me with my own horses. I’d recommend studying the cert 3 in horsemanship through AEI as you will not regret it."
★★★★★ Taylah. W    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 your 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 & 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 15 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


Care for performance horses


Maintain the health and welfare of performance horses


Contribute to work health and safety processes


Apply communication skills


Apply environmentally sustainable work practices


Apply first aid for horses


Lunge educated horses


Prevent and treat equine injury and disease


Carry out basic hoof procedures


Apply biosecurity measures


Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care


Source and use information on the events industry


Apply knowledge of minimizing 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 24 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 complete the practical tasks within this course students are required to have access to at least three (3) calm, consistent and obedient horses. (These horses can be your own, borrowed or leased)

This course is designed for students to be able to complete from anywhere in Australia. To achieve this we use a variety of methods to conduct your practical assessments. These assessment methods include:

  • Video submissions
  • Third Party Reports/Observations
  • Level One Equine Coach Observation Reports
  • Projects and Portfolios
  • Evidence of documentation

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. 


""I really enjoyed completing this course and learnt lots throughout it""
★★★★★ Sarah. P    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

Enrolling Now — Enquire Today

Enrolling now, don't delay — We can get you up and running within 1 business day! 


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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