New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills Sporthorse Groom (Full or Part-time) Level 4

Strategic Purpose Statement

The purpose of the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Sporthorse Groom) (Level 4) is to provide the equine industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to manage the care, exercise, and training of horses in the Sporthorse sector of the equine industry. People will already have experience in riding and horsemanship in the Sporthorse sector of the equine industry and who wish to further develop their skills.

You will benefit by having a qualification that provides recognition of your skills and a pathway to further qualifications in the equine racing or Sporthorse industry.

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Graduate Profile

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Manage the day-to-day care requirements of horses in training.
  • Manage problems of performance horses, and emergencies involving horses.
  • Implement monitor an exercise and training plan for a specific equestrian discipline.
  • Manage horses and attend to rider's requirements before, during, and after an event.
  • Communicate effectively with team members, clients, and performance venue personnel.

Education Pathways

Learners may pathway to further study to achieve the following qualifications: New Zealand Certificate in Equine Coaching (Level 4), New Zealand Certificate in Equine Racing (Level 4), New Zealand Diploma in Equine Management (Level 5)

Employment Pathway

Graduates will be capable of working under broad guidance as senior staff who are able to contribute effectively and professionally in the workplace as a Sporthorse groom. With further work experience and study may gain employment as stable foremen, or progress to specialist equine studies such as coaching or equine management.

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Entry Criteria

Open entry but must have the physical capability to cope with the practical demands of caring for sport-horses, have experience in riding and horsemanship in the Sporthorse sector. Prospective students will participate in a pre-enrolment interview to assess the experience and motivation to complete the programme.

A student fee applies. Contact us for eligibility criteria and course fees. Programme approved for international students.

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