1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care and Management

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Qualification Number: 601/4904/8

The 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care and Management has been developed in partnership with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and is supported by employers and the horseracing industry. The qualification is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of how to plan for the care and management of horses in a stable yard environment, and how to supervise the general stable maintenance routines that are required. 100 % of the learning you receive will support you in progressing into work in a stable environment.

This qualification is composed of six units and will give you 18 credits. During your achievement of this qualification you will complete the following learning outcomes, at a management level:

  • principles of routine horse care
  • principles of horse health and welfare
  • principles of training and preparing horses for work
  • principles of transporting horses
  • principles of employment rights and responsibilities in the land based industries
  • principles of health and safety in the horse industry

Your learning programme will normally be delivered in a classroom environment, and you will be assessed via a multiple choice examination.

This qualification is supported by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as the national governing body and trade association for horseracing in the UK. Technical experts from within the BHA have provided technical advice in the development of the qualification. The qualification is also supported by employers within the horseracing industry as a key qualification within the stable staff progression pathway.

Download the Qualification Specification and Purpose.

This qualification is designed to prepare you for the career progression of a stable attendant to a stable manager or supervisor role. You may be looking to take on some line management and to become involved in the writing of care plans for horses within the stable yard.

This qualification sits within a progressive suite of qualifications for those looking to develop a career within the horseracing and, more specifically, stabling industry and is ideal for you if you are looking to develop your knowledge and skills in this area.

You do not need to hold any specific qualifications to access a programme of training for this qualification, although it is expected that you have an interest in this area of work, and you must be a minimum of 16 years of age to access a learning programme for this qualification.

This qualification is included within the Horse Care and Management, Racehorse Care and Management, and Harness Horse Care and Management Pathways of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Equine; apprenticeship vacancies can be found here. However you may not wish, or you may not be eligible, to complete an apprenticeship; in either situation the qualification is available to you on its own from a range of training providers and on completion you will be eligible for employment within a stable yard environment with managerial responsibilities.

This qualification is designed to prepare you for employment in a professional stable environment, making the career step from stable attendant to manager or supervisor. Achievement of this qualification will help you to progress to the following job roles:

  • Stable Staff/Groom
  • Senior Stable Staff (Head Lad/Lass)

Following achievement of this qualification, you will be able to progress onto the:

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care and Management. This qualification builds on the knowledge gained as part of the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care and Management and involves working within a real stable environment. You will also go on to specialise in a certain area of horse care. This qualification is 41 credits and may be completed as part of an Advance Apprenticeship in Equine. It is a much longer programme than the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care and Management; an Advanced Apprenticeship must last a minimum of 12 months and you must be employed within a suitable environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Recognised centres offering this qualification determine their own fees, and they will vary from centre to centre. The fees charged should entitle you to a programme of learning and assessment, registration and certification for the qualification, a 1st4sport Learner Pack and an appropriate learning resource. For further information on the costs of courses, please contact a recognised centre.

Opportunities for funding may be available via a recognised centre, if you are eligible.