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
Danni McDonald Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact, dmcdonald@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.

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