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New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3) (Sporthorse Stable Assistant)

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Level of Study



16 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Telford Campus


Become a Sporthorse Stable Assistant with the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3). You will learn about the health, care, stabling, and preparation of horses for performance events. You will also learn about your role, and how to work with others in the performance horse industry.

  • 22 stables, indoor arena and outdoor arena
  • Round pen, wash bays and tack room
  • Purpose-built classroom, feed room, Vet crush and stable lab

Bring your own horse or lease one from Telford

Course Content

The programme will give students the knowledge and skills to:

  • Apply skills and knowledge in the routine identification, reporting and treatment of problems of horses in training, and respond appropriately to emergencies involving horses
  • Attend to the routine day-to-day requirements of horses in training
  • Communicate effectively with team members and clients
  • Conduct the routine preparation of a horse for an event, and attend to horses’ and riders’ requirements at the event
  • Apply routine procedures when exercising and training horses for a sporthorse discipline

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to be employed as a sporthorse stable assistant, to build on existing knowledge of animal care, or to use as a pathway to further training in equine studies, rural animal technician or the primary sector.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3) (Sporthorse Stable Assistant) and be awarded the qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 50 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3) (Sporthorse Stable Assistant).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3) (Sporthorse Stable Assistant) full-time over half a year or part time over a year.

Qualification Pathways

The NZ Certificate in Equine Skills (Sporthorse Stable Assistant) qualification can lead to the NZ Certificate in Animal Care, NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Rural Animal Technician) (Level 5), Massey Diploma in Agriculture.

Entry criteria

School Leavers

Preferably 17 years or over with a reasonable level of fitness to meet the physical demands of stable work.

Restricted or class 1 licence

English Language Requirements

IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5

TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)

TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)

Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.

OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests

NZCEL - a) Expiring Level, b) Current: a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace), b) Level 3 (General)

Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36

Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill

Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

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