Horse Breeding Skills Project

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Case for change

“Racehorse breeding skills” was identified as a priority skill area in the 2018-2021 Racing IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see page 57-59). Australian horse racing is reliant on the breeding of high-quality horses. Breeding and racing should be viewed in tandem as one cannot exist without the other. In 2015–2016, the revenue from Thoroughbred breeding alone was $987.4 million with $145.4 million coming from export sales. Thoroughbred breeders currently send workers to the UK and Ireland to undertake Diploma-level qualifications. The skill needs of racehorse breeding should be addressed to protect current revenue and increase revenue through both local and export sales.

Qualifications, skill sets and units of competency from the RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package will be reviewed to incorporate the skills and knowledge requirements of job roles in racehorse breeding, from conception of progeny, development of foals and preparation of yearlings.

Skills Impact and the Racing and Breeding Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 57-59)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will look at the knowledge and skills that are essential to breed racehorses in line with specific Australian breeding requirements, taking in to consideration foaling down, nutrition, development of the foal, knowledge of pedigrees, business management and relevant rules and regulations. Qualifications and units of competency will be reviewed and updated to include these skills. Knowledge of pedigrees, business management and the rules and regulations particular to the breeding of Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds will also be incorporated.

Scroll down to view the list of qualifications and of units proposed for revision. They will be incorporated in the RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package.

Australian horse racing is reliant on the breeding of high quality horses. Thoroughbred breeders currently send workers to the UK and Ireland to undertake Diploma-level qualifications. The skill needs of horse racing and breeding should be addressed to protect current revenue and increase revenue through both local and export sales.

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Relevant Occupations
  • Stablehand
  • Studhand
  • Breeder/stud manager
  • Equine veterinarian
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Bloodstock manager
  • Stallion manager
  • Foaling supervisor
  • Yearling supervisor
  • Broodmare supervisor
Key Deliverables
  • Review qualifications and units to align them with international best practice.
  • Review current accredited courses with a view to include them in the national training packages.
  • Review all current horse breeding units of competency within the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package to ensure the skills are aligned to the needs of the industry.
  • Transfer relevant horse breeding units from the ACM Training Package to the RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package.

 

Timeline

August 2018
Initial scoping

September 2018
Development of draft qualifications and units

October/November 2018
Drafts available for broad consultation

February/March 2019
Validation of final drafts

April 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

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

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

 

Project Team
Ruth Geldard Industry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au
Michelle Ingley-Smith National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact michelle@skillsimpact.com.au
Sue Hamilton Industry Skills Standards Contractor

 

The Racing and Breeding 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.

 

Qualifications and Units

Below is a list of the units of competency and qualifications proposed for revision as part of this project. Use the links below to view the components on training.gov.au.

In preparation for the review of these components, we invite you to provide your input on the current qualifications units. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the components so that they meet the skills needs of the industry.

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised qualifications and units.

To provide feedback, please use our feedback form. Alternatively, you can email Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au

 

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 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.

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised qualifications, skill sets and units.

If you are interested in applying to be a Subject Matter Expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

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 October/November 2018, and again for validation of final drafts in February/March 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 skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Ruth Geldard on 03 9321 3526 or rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

Development

Consultation has begun with Subject Matter Experts to define skills requirements specific to job roles in horse breeding, identifying relevant units of competency and qualifications for development from the RGR Racing and Breeding and ACM Animal Care and Management Training Packages.

Discussions at consultation meetings held in Melbourne have considered the migration of units and qualifications related to Horse Breeding from the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package to the RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package on the basis that:

  • the racing industry is the largest and most complex horse breeding sector, and
  • units and qualifications would be able to apply to horses generally with some racing specific elective units.

Three qualifications to be reviewed and considered for migration from ACM to RGR are:

  • Certificate III in Horse Breeding
  • Certificate IV in Horse Breeding
  • Diploma of Horse Breeding.

Proposed new skill sets are proposed in the following areas:

  • Natural Horse Breeding Supervision
  • Horse Artificial Insemination
  • Breeding Stallion Care
  • Mare and Foal Care
  • Yearling Preparation.

Discussions have also considered:

  • Current units of competency covering infection control for inclusion in reviewed qualifications
  • Introducing elective groups to provide greater structure/guidance on selecting electives
  • Inclusion of imported units to encourage mobility between sectors
  • Delivery implications for pre-requisite units within qualifications and potential for specialisations within qualifications.

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open!

Broad stakeholder consultation is scheduled to commence in November, when draft units and skill sets will be made available for comment on this webpage (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above) and national consultation workshops will be held. Registration for these workshops are now open – dates and times are listed below. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you by clicking the corresponding link. A webinar is also planned for those unable to attend in person.

14 Nov 18, 10am to 1pm – Hunter Valley (Scone), NSW (Horses) – register here

15 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Brisbane, QLD (Horses) – register here

19 Nov 18, 12pm to 2pm – Melbourne, VIC (Horses) – register here

20 Nov 18, 12pm to 2pm – Hobart, TAS (Horses) – register here

22 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Adelaide, SA – (Horses) – register here

28 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Perth, WA – (Horses) – register here

Consultation Webinar

Tue 4 Dec 18, 10am to 1pm – Webinarregister here

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Racing’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

Drafts Available

New and revised qualifications, skill sets and units of competency are now available for your review and feedback. Please find these drafts listed below, divided into groups for ease of consultation.

We are seeking your feedback on whether the draft qualifications, skill sets and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described. They have been revised to incorporate the knowledge and skills that are essential to breed racehorses in line with specific Australian breeding requirements, taking in to consideration foaling down, nutrition, development of the foal, knowledge of pedigrees, business management and relevant rules and regulations. Knowledge of pedigrees, business management and the rules and regulations particular to the breeding of Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds has also be incorporated.

You are welcome to provide feedback on as many of the draft qualifications, skill sets and units 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 9 December 2018.

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

Summary of consultation to date

Consultation with industry stakeholders with broad experience and knowledge of horse breeding occurred during September and October. This has informed the development of new and revised draft units of competency, skill sets and qualification that identify skill requirements for individuals undertaking these roles.

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 our new feedback hub;
  • register for a face-to-face consultation workshop or webinar;
  • or, by email.

Feedback hub

Using the online 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

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

14 Nov 18, 10am to 1pm – Hunter Valley (Scone), NSW – register here

15 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Brisbane, QLD – register here

19 Nov 18, 12pm to 2pm – Melbourne, VIC – register here

20 Nov 18, 12pm to 2pm – Hobart, TAS – register here

22 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Adelaide, SA – register here

28 Nov 18, 12pm to 1.30pm – Perth, WA – register here

Consultation Webinar

Tue 4 Dec 18, 10am to 1pm – 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 track changes as feedback, or to 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 sets and units. Please email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

Qualifications

Unit code and name Proposed changes Link to view and feedback
RGR30X19 Certificate III in Horse Breeding Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Changes have also been made to the core and elective units and packaging rules. This qualifications supersedes ACM30717 Certificate III in Horse Breeding. View qualification and provide feedback
RGR40X19 Certificate IV in Horse Breeding Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Changes have also been made to the core and elective units and packaging rules. Supersedes ACM40717 Certificate IV in Horse Breeding. View qualification and provide feedback
RGR50X19 Diploma of Horse Breeding Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Changes have also been made to the core and elective units and packaging rules. Supersedes ACM50317 Diploma of Horse Breeding. View qualification and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

This qualification is equivalent to RGR20218 Certificate II in Racing Industry (Release 1). The packaging rules and electives for Stud Hand specialisation have been updated.

RGR20218 Certificate II in Racing Industry View qualification

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Skill sets

Natural Horse Breeding Supervision Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback
Breeding Stallion Care Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback
Horse Artificial Insemination Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback
Mare and Foal Care Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback
Yearling Preparation Skill Set View skill set and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Units of competency

This new unit to be included in RGR30X19 Certificate III in Horse Breeding qualification, covering the skills and knowledge required to work effectively as part of a team in a horse breeding stud.

RGRHBR301 Work effectively in horse breeding sector View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Unit code and name Proposed changes Link to view and feedback
RGRHBR201 Assist with oestrus detection in mares Previously ACMHBR202 Assist with oestrus detection in mares. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR302 Carry out natural mare mating procedures Previously ACMHBR303 Carry out natural mare mating procedures. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR303 Assist with artificial insemination of mares Previously ACMHBR304 Assist with artificial insemination of mares. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR304 Assess suitability of horse for specific uses Previously ACMHBR305 Assess suitability of horse for specific uses. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR305 Handle young horses Previously ACMHBR307 Handle young horses. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes and new PC1.4 for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. 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
RGRHBR307 Carry out procedures for foaling down mares Previously ACMHBR312 Carry out procedures for foaling down mares. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR308 Care for broodmares Previously ACMHBR313 Care for pregnant mares. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. New element one and changes for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR309 Maintain horse stud records Previously ACMHBR309 Follow stud operational procedures. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Changes throughout to clarify intent of unit. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR401 Oversee administration of stud records Previously ACMHBR401 Carry out stud stable management duties. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR402 Manage foaling and post-foaling problems Previously ACMHBR402 Manage foaling and post-foaling problems. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity and new performance criteria 2.2 and 3.9. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR403 Handle and care for breeding stallions Previously ACMHBR403 Handle and care for stallion. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity and and new performance criteria 1.4, 2.3 and 3.3. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR404 Oversee care and supervise staff raising young horses Previously ACMHBR404 Supervise staff raising young horses. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage and intent of unit. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR405 Supervise natural horse mating program Previously ACMHBR405 Supervise natural horse mating program. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity and new performance criteria 2.5. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR406 Prepare horses for sale Previously ACMHBR406 Prepare yearlings for sale. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage and intent of unit. Minor changes for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR407 Educate stallions for breeding Previously ACMHBR407 Educate stallions. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage and intent of unit. Minor changes and new element 3 for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR502 Manage reproductive outcomes of stallions and mares Previously ACMHBR502 Manage reproductive outcomes of stallions and mares. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes and new PC1.8 for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR503 Develop and implement a marketing plan for stud stock Previously ACMHBR503 Develop and implement a marketing plan for stud stock. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR504 Manage horse breeding operations Previously ACMPHR506 Manage performance horse breeding operations. Recoded from ACM (Animal Care and Management) to RGR (Racing) to reflect industry usage. Minor changes for clarity. Removal of duplication in Performance Evidence. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR408 Collect, process sand evaluate horse semen for artificial insemination Included in RGR40X19 Certificate IV in Horse Breeding and Horse Artificial Insemination Skill Set. Horse specific unit with some content based on AHC units for general livestock. View unit and provide feedback
RGRHBR501 Develop an enterprise horse breeding strategy Included in RGR50X19 Diploma of Horse Breeding. Horse specific unit with some content based on AHC units for general livestock. View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au.

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Racing’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

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