Diploma of Performance Horse Management - ACM50417


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This is a qualification for the Performance Horse industry. Job roles may require a person to manage equine staff and business operations for a small to medium sized performance horse enterprise or function as part of a management team in a larger equine organisation. The qualification applies to individuals who undertake management activities operating independently or within an enterprise management team.The qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to: \tmanage physical, financial and human resources\tmanage operational functions related to horse care, nutrition, health, welfare, training, breeding and preparation for events\tmanage farm and business operations \tdevelop business plans and operational procedures\tmonitor, review and report on operational performance.No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • Interpret equine behaviour
  • Coordinate emergency responses
  • Develop a whole farm plan
  • Supervise maintenance of property, machinery and equipment
  • Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
  • Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • Manage horse health using selected therapies
  • Provide specialist advice to clients
  • Design livestock handling facilities
  • Manage selection of horse for new or inexperienced handler, rider or driver
  • Manage work health and safety processes
  • Identify and select animals for breeding
  • Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
  • Undertake small business planning
  • Educate and train performance horses
  • Handle horses safely
  • Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
  • Manage equine nutrition
  • Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies
  • Assess new industry developments
  • Implement and monitor equine health and welfare strategies
  • Market products and services
  • Manage horse pastures
  • Manage staff
  • Audit site operations
  • Supervise artificial breeding and embryo transfer programs
  • Manage machinery and equipment
  • Implement an equine facility maintenance, improvement and management program
  • Manage international opportunities for performance horses
  • Plan and manage infrastructure requirements
  • Manage fitness in performance horses
  • Supervise staff raising young horses
  • Train and condition horses
  • Manage the education of horses
  • Provide first aid
  • Develop and review a business plan
  • Evaluate equine training methodologies
  • Apply anatomy and physiology to equine performance
  • Recruit, select and induct staff
  • Manage performance horse breeding operations
  • Manage on-site event operations
  • Manage the presentation of young horses
  • Plan and implement a farm or enterprise biosecurity plan
  • Carry out stud stable management duties
  • Relate musculoskeletal structure to horse movement
  • Evaluate performance horse conformation
  • Manage horses to meet performance horse sport requirements
  • Manage stable maintenance

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Goulburn Campus No
Taree Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2.5 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Taree Campus.

**PAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCE**This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process. Find out more about [VET Student Loans](https://www.tafensw.edu.au/vet-student-loans).Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course. The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

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