Horse Education Project

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Case for change

During public consultation for the development of the 2017-2020 IRC Skills Forecast and proposed Schedule of Work, and during the recent Safety in Equine Training project it became apparent that there are no specific units that describe the work undertaken by horse trainers to educate horses (i.e. the process that a person undertakes to ensure a horse is educated so that it is able to be safely ridden for either racing or recreational purposes).

In addressing these skill needs, this project will identify and fill gaps in current qualifications, skill sets and units of competency from the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package. Development of units that cover the work roles associated with the tasks of horse education will support a process for trainee horse educators to be taught the skills and knowledge in how to educate horses with the highest level of animal welfare standards, whilst also supporting the safety of the learners undertaking their training.

Also being reviewed and developed as part of this project are skills around horse branding and identification, and horse transport.

Skills Impact and the Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development. This project is being carried out at the same time as Animal Incident Management Project.

 

 

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Project Plan

This project will identify and fill gaps in current qualifications, skill sets and units of competency from the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package to address skill needs for educating horses.  A focus of the project will be to develop units of competency that provide recognisable training that fosters a safe environment for learners whilst ensuring the highest level of animal welfare standards for horses being educated.  

Also being reviewed and developed are skills around horse branding and identification, and horse transport. A key part of this project will be identifying the most suitable qualifications in which to include these units of competency and looking for opportunities to develop skill sets to encourage broad usage. 

This project is being carried out at the same time as Animal Incident Management Project.

Scroll down to view the units that will be developed to cover gaps in job roles and skilled activities around horse education, horse branding and identification, and horse transport.  

As part of the development process, Skills Impact will conduct a number of activities to support industry involvement, including engaging with Subject Matter Experts, facilitating face-to-face consultation workshops and webinars, and conducting site visits.  

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Relevant occupations
  • Horse educators (Breakers)
  • Horse trainers (for Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Recreational horses)
  • Stablehands
Key deliverables

Development of units of competency to support safe training when educating horses, identifying and branding horses, and transporting horses. These units will be added to existing qualification elective banks, and may also be used to develop a series of skill sets.   

 

Timeline

July – August 2018
Initial scoping

September 2018 – February 2019
Development of draft materials

February 2019
Drafts available for broad consultation

March – April 2019
Validation of final drafts

April – May 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

April – May 2019
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2019
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Lucinda O’Brien Training Package Support Officer, Skills Impact, Lucinda@SkillsImpact.com.au
Diana McNaughton National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact, diana@skillsimpact.com.au
Sue Hamilton Industry Skills Standards Contractor

 

The Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will oversee this project, as part of their responsibility to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.

 

Skill sets and units

Below is a list of skill sets and units proposed for development, and the units that may be impacted by this project.

Skill sets that may be developed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):

  • ACMSSXXXX3 Horse education skill set 
  • ACMSSXXXX4 Horse Branding 
  • ACMSSXXXX5 Horse Transport 
  • ACMSSXXXX6 Horse Identification 

This project seeks to ensure that trainee horse educators are taught the skills and knowledge in how to educate horses with the highest level of animal welfare standards. The following skills and knowledge requirements have been identified, which may provide the basis of new units of competency.  

  • Apply Advance Horse behaviour and Equine learning theory  
  • Educate horse to be mounted  
  • Educate horse to be ridden 
  • Develop a horse education plan 
  • Educate a single standardbred horse to wear a harness 
  • Educate horse to long rein 
  • Educate non-horse equines (donkey and mules)  
  • Educate pack equines  
  • Reeducate equines to new environment or activity

The following units of competency may be impacted during this project. This impact may involve the units being included in new qualifications and skill sets or receiving minor updates to address skill gaps.  

 

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft qualifications, skill sets and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input:

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available in February 2019, and again for validation of final drafts in March and April 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the skill sets and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualifications, skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would love your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link above. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Danni on 03 9321 3526 or dmcdonald@skillsimpact.com.au.

Development

Development work on this project is underway. In November, the team held workshops with stakeholders and subject matter experts to identify job roles and current gaps in training for safely educating, transporting and identifying horses. The information gathered from these workshops determined that a number of already exist that address some of the skills required in these areas. It is therefore proposed to review these existing units and strengthen the aspects around understanding horse behaviour, creating horse education plans selecting appropriate methodologies and client liaison. Areas that are not covered at all in existing units (including educating horses to be driven, and for pack work) are proposed for development.

A list of components proposed for review and development can be found below, with drafts available for review and comment in the New Year.

Click the ‘Project Plan’ menu above for more information about the project scope, timeline, deliverables and project contacts. This project is being carried out at the same time as Animal Incident Management Project.

Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open!

Thank you to those stakeholders that have been involved and provided feedback and advice so far. The revised draft skill sets and units will be made available on this webpage for public consideration and feedback from February 2019 (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above). Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place across states and territories, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Registrations for these workshops are now open. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-face consultation workshops

Tues 5 Feb ‘19, 10am – 12pm AEDT – Hobart – register here

Thurs 7 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm ACST – Darwin – register here

Tues 12 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm AEST – Brisbane – register here

Thurs 14 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm AEDT – Canberra – register here

Tues 19 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm AWST – Perth – register here

Thurs 21 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm ACST – Adelaide – register here

Wed 27 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm AEST – Sydney – register here

Mon 4 March ’19, 10am – 12pm AEST – Melbourne – register here

Consultation webinar

Wed 13 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm AEDT – Webinar –  register here

 

*updated* Proposed units of competency and skill sets for development and review

Following input during workshops with subject matter experts, the following skill sets and units of competency are proposed for development and review. Drafts of these documents will be made available in February 2019.

Proposed new skill sets

*Note: new skill set titles to be confirmed

  • Educate horses for driving
  • Educate pack equines

Proposed new units
*Note: new unit titles to be confirmed

  • Educate horses to harness for driving
  • Educate equines for pack work
  • Apply large animal identification techniques

Units to review

  • ACMPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour
  • ACMPHR403 Evaluate equine training methodologies
  • ACMPHR408 Educate and train performance horses
  • ACMHBR301 Transport horses
  • ACMMIC401 Implant microchip in cats and dogs.

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Drafts Available

Following input and advice from industry stakeholders and subject matter experts, draft units of competency and skill sets addressing educating horses are now available for review.

NOTE: An additional revised unit RGRHBR306 Raise young horses and an additional new skill set RGRSSXXXXX5 Horse Re-education and Transitioning Skill Set have been added to this page for feedback. Both are part of projects within the RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package and have been included here due to cross-over of content between the two training packages.

Feedback is being sought to determine whether the draft documents accurately reflect the skills required to educate horses, taking in to account the safety and welfare the horses, and people.

These drafts include:

  • 4 new (EQU) equine units of competency
  • 3 units of competency revised to strengthen animal welfare
  • 2 units of competency being reviewed as part of the RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package Horse Breeding project have also been listed here for review due to cross-over of content between the two training packages
  • 1 microchipping unit which has been reviewed to strengthen performance evidence requirements.

No new qualifications are proposed for development. Rather, it is proposed that these skills could be delivered as standalone units, as part of skill sets, or as elective units in other qualifications.

You are welcome to provide feedback on as many of the draft units and skill sets you would like. Please share these with others who may be interested in providing feedback.

They will be available on this webpage for feedback until 4 March 2019.

Your feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in March 2019.

Summary of consultation to date

Face to face meetings and webinars were held with subject matter experts in November and December to identify who the key audience would be for the skills being addressed in these draft materials, and how to address the various level of skills required. Ongoing targeted consultation with subject matter experts has been undertaken throughout the development of the draft materials to assist with industry-specific language and content requirements.

How to provide feedback

To view the documents, please click on the expandable menus below. You have several options for submitting your feedback:

  • online via the feedback hub;
  • register for a face-to-face consultation workshop or webinar;
  • or, by email.

Feedback hub

You can post comments directly on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units, as well as view any comments from others. Your comments will remain anonymous. Only Skills Impact internal staff can identify users, to ensure the authenticity of comments and to follow-up where required. For more information, see our Privacy Policy. The feedback hub is moderated to avoid misuse, including the removal of any offensive material. For further details, see our Moderation Policy.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Find and view the draft document(s) you would like to review by clicking on the expandable document menus below.
  2. Click the ‘view and provide feedback’ link next to the qualification, skill set or unit.
  3. You will be asked to register or login (this is a free account), follow the prompts.
  4. Once logged in, you will be able to post feedback directly on the document.
  5. Download user instructions

Please contact us if you require assistance.

Consultation workshop or webinar

Tues 5 Feb ‘19, 10am – 12pm AEDT – Hobart – register here

Thurs 7 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm ACST – Darwin – register here

Tues 12 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm AEST – Brisbane – register here

Thurs 14 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm AEDT – Canberra – register here

Tues 19 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm AWST – Perth – register here

Thurs 21 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm ACST – Adelaide – register here

Wed 27 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm AEST – Sydney – register here

Mon 4 March ’19, 10am – 12pm AEST – Melbourne – register here

Wed 13 Feb ’19, 10am – 12pm AEDT – Webinar –  register here

Provide your feedback via email

Of course there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the qualification, skill set or unit with your tracked changes as feedback, or provide general comments about the drafts. There is a link at the bottom of each document group where you can download the Microsoft Word versions of the qualifications, skill set and units. Please email your feedback to Lucinda@SkillsImpact.com.au

 

Units

These new units have been developed to address gaps in skills required to safely educate horses for different purposes. One new unit has been developed specifically for skills around horse identification.

Please use the links below to review and provide feedback.

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Lucinda@SkillsImpact.com.au. The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Draft unit What the unit is about Link
ACMEQU4X7 Educate horses for riding Horse starting or beginning education, and to further develop skills for riding for intended purpose or discipline. (Note: also suitable for other domestic equines) View unit and provide feedback
ACMEQU4X8 Educate horses for driving Educating horses in foundation skills and further development of driving skills for an intended purpose. (Note: also suitable for other domestic equines) View unit and provide feedback
ACMEQU4X9 Educate pack horses Educating horses to carry loads and work with other horses over different terrains and for varying purposes. (Note: also suitable for other domestic equines) View unit and provide feedback
ACMEQUXXX Apply horse identification techniques Accurately identifying horses using a range of methods including horse physical features, permanent and temporary forms of identification and industry sources of information on horse identification. (Note: also suitable for other large animals/livestock). View unit and provide feedback

These units have had minor updates to make them flexible enough to cover incidents involving large animals. One microchipping unit has been reviewed to strengthen performance evidence requirements.

Please use the links below to review and provide feedback.

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Lucinda@SkillsImpact.com.au. The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Draft unit What the unit is about What has changed in the unit Link
ACMPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour Developed for independent individuals or managers working with horses, this unit is about interpreting and applying knowledge of equine ethology, cognition and learning to ensure that the behavioural needs and welfare of horses are met while maintaining a safe working environment. Minor changes to Performance Criteria and Assessment Requirements for clarity and consistency of terminology. Animal welfare strengthened. View unit and provide feedback
ACMPHR403 Evaluate methodologies and develop equine education and training programs Developed for individuals who have responsibility for overseeing or implementing education and training programs for horses, this unit is about reviewing, evaluating and selecting specific equine education and training methodologies and techniques to achieve stated objectives within welfare, workplace and safety requirements. Proposed change to title (was previously Evaluate equine training methodologies). Proposed prerequisite unit added.

Minor changes made throughout unit for clarity.

View unit and provide feedback
ACMHBR301 Transport horses Safely and efficiently transporting horses to a destination. Minor changes to strengthen animal welfare and safety. Revised Performance Evidence to reduce duplication with Performance Criteria. Additional points added to Knowledge Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
ACMMIC401 Implant microchip in cats and dogs Aseptically performing microchip implantation procedures on cats and dogs, with minimum discomfort to the animal, for identification and traceability purposes. Changes to Performance Criteria for clarity. Performance Evidence requirements strengthened. View unit and provide feedback

The following three units of competency are currently being moved to the more suitable RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package as part of the Horse Breeding project. These units have also been listed here for review due to cross-over of content between the two training packages.

Please use the links below to review and provide feedback.

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to RGeldard@skillsimpact.com.au. The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Draft unit What the unit is about Link
RGRPSHXX4 Re-educate horses to manage behaviours &/or transition to new purposes Assessing and implementing a plan to modify horse behaviour and/or prepare a horse to transition to new purposes. This unit is only for individuals who have existing high-level horse handling and riding skills. View unit and provide feedback
RGRPSHXX5 Advise on transitioning and rehoming horses Providing advice on horses to be transitioned for new purposes or new environments. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR306 Raise young horses Previously ACMHBR311 Raise young horses. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity and new element 2. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback

Skill Sets

These skill sets address targeted skills areas in responding to incidents involving large animals, and provide pathways to a number of ACM Animal Care and Management qualifications.

Please use the links below to review and provide feedback.

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Lucinda@SkillsImpact.com.au. The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Draft skill set What the skill set is about Link
ACMSSXXXX1 Horse Education for Riding Educating horses for riding, including equine behaviour and equine learning theory and methodologies, and the application of these methodologies, to horse starting education and the development of skills for an intended riding discipline or purpose. View skill set and provide feedback
ACMSSXXXX2 Horse Education for Driving Educating horses for driving, including relating equine behaviour and equine learning theory and methodologies, and the application of these, to horse starting (beginning) education and the development of skills intended for driving discipline or purpose. View skill set and provide feedback

The following skill set is currently being developed for the RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package as part of the Retraining Horses & Greyhounds to New Environments Project. This skill set has also been listed here for review due to cross-over of content between the two training packages.

Please use the links below to review and provide feedback.

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to RGeldard@skillsimpact.com.au. The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

RGRSSXXXXX5 Horse Re-education and Transitioning Skill Set View unit and provide feedback

 

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