Australian Certified Equine Hoofcare Course

Certificate in Hoofcare

The course runs for 12 months. It starts out with a 2 week intensive face to face component.

It offers a fantastic balance of horse management theory, class time, and practical hands on skills using real life horse hoof trimming situations, giving students the opportunity to study horse care and equine hoof trimming in detail.

Commencing in 2007, this is Australia's premier practical "hands on" equine hoof care course supported by 7 nationally accredited units of competency from the Certificate in Horse Care.

Course Length

The course runs for 12 months. It starts out with a 2 week intensive face to face component. Then there is a 12 month period where you complete assignments at your own pace.


September 2018 for the two week block Western Australia.

course offered Western Australia

September 3rd - 14th 2018 two week block
Muresk Institute- Department of Training and Workforce Development
Northam W.A. 
(Approx 1hour drive from Perth)

Course Trainers

Jeremy Ford - More info > 
Jen Clingly - More info > 


National Recognition

The course is underpinned by 7 units which align with Certificate in Horse Care:

ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMEQU205  Apply knowledge of horse behaviour Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU202  Handle horses safely Handle horses safely  
ACMHBR302  Carry out basic hoof care procedures Carry out basic hoof care procedures
ACMEQU208  Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses
ACMHBR201  Check and treat horses
ACMEQU402A  Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care


Guest Speakers 2018

Prof Chris Pollitt - BVSc (Massey) PhD (Qld)
- Laminits and anatomy expert

Carol Layton B.Sc M.Ed
- an equine nutrition expert.

Carlos Tabernaberri 
- Horse trainer and International Clinician

Course Trainers & Guest Speakers

This course gives students access and exposure to amazing teachers, information and experience. It enables students to gain two of the most important things for any career: Qualifications AND Experience.

Our experienced teachers work with horses and in the hoof care field every day. Our trainers are known around Australia for their work and expertise with horses and horse management, providing students with ongoing support during and after the course. They really want to see you succeed. They are professional trimmers who not only work in the field but also ride and compete on their own horses. Our trainers understand the development of the ultimate functional hoof.

What is the course like? 

It is a hands-on, fun and educational horse care course. It is a great environment in which to learn the skills that you need to manage your own and your clients horses. It's not overwhelmed with science, measurements or myths, but has enough to get students thinking and have them challenged. Fundamentally, what is taught is relevant to the field of horse care and hoof care. Students will graduate as trained professionals ready to start their own business or improve the one they already have.

The course was designed and developed to look not only at the horse's hoof, but the big picture, including the horse's diet, environment, movement, its owners expectations and the role of the hoof care provider. Most importantly, it teaches students that the horse is the critic of your work. It doesn't matter how much the student knows or how long they have been trimming. The measure of success is how much the horse likes the trim and how much the client likes the service.

The course focuses on diet, environment, trim, movement and horse knowledge. It is about the holistic horse, using practical hands on skills combined with the latest scientific research to ensure students get the most rounded and complete education possible.

Get started with the 2 week Intensive

Students complete a two week intensive block  under tuition with excursions and class room based education as the first component of the course. Following this, students undergo Mentorships with 3 mentors (one-two days with each). 

Students get opportunity to observe and work in field with mentors, under supervision. Student reports from mentors are part of course assessment.


Then there is a 12 month period where you complete assignments at your own pace. Of course, the ACEHP team support you throughout this process through phone and email. We also have quite a vibrant Facebook group which includes previous students as well. 

Assignments include: case study reports and an progressive photographic journal to be sent to instructors for assessment. Student presents minimum of five case study horses including client testimonials, progressive photographic record of horse hooves etc. Students to complete case studies based on duration of complete new hoof capsule growth. 

This is a comprehensive learning process for students to understand the consequences of trims and advice both for the horse and owner expectations, the affects of environment and changes in seasonal diets on the hooves and the final results over a full hoof capsule growth.

Final Assessment 

Record on DVD or do live Final Live Trim assessment.


Non compulsory. Students have the opportunity to experience and research Brumbies in their natural habitat. South Australia and NT – Duration one week.

“This course offered everything I needed to become a professional hoof care provider....All of this is backed up by a fantastic support team from my extremely knowledgeable lecturers.”
— Julie Scott, Victoria