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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Equine Practices 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
67589  National Certificate: Equine Practices 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Equine Management and Equestrian Instruction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CATHSSETA - Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 02 - Culture and Arts  Sport 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  125  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This qualification provides learners with the opportunity to obtain competencies in equine studies at NQF Level 3, namely, managing an equestrian facility, understanding equine foot care as well as dentition, recognizing and managing stable and un-mounted vices, understanding equine health and nutrition as well as developing some business skills that will allow a learner to manage an equine establishment should they choose to follow that career path. The qualification is the third within the learning pathway of the equine and equestrian practices' industry.

The fundamental learning, which learners will acquire, will allow them to be able to compile verbal and written communications and perform basic calculations.

The qualification aims to produce learners with the ability to succeed in a wide range of careers by developing academic and practical skills. Furthermore, the qualification aims to develop a competitive equine industry and aspire to give the learner an insight into the many different equine related careers that exist.

Rationale:

This qualification will allow persons currently in the equine environment, to obtain an integrated practical and theoretical grounding in the operation of equine establishment and the functions thereof. This will ensure a portable, nationally recognized qualification that will:
  • Improve the understanding of the system of an equine, its health care and nutrition requirements as well as general understanding how to operate within this industry.
  • Ensure that the animal protection act and other related acts are observed when handling equines.
  • Lead to transformation in economic growth and social development. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Core competencies in Eqiune at NQF Level 1 and Level 2.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Where RPL is required the learner will need to prove applied competence in that specific area in order to obtain recognition of that skill and/or knowledge.

    To achieve the qualification through RPL, the learner must submit him/herself to be assessed against the integrated assessment criteria of this qualification, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

    Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including international or previous local qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.

    This recognition of prior learning may allow:
  • Gaining of credits for unit standards in the qualification.
  • Obtaining of this qualification in part or in whole.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to this qualification is open to learners who have some occupational experience in the sector. It is advisable that learners should already have addressed the areas reflected under "learning assumed to be in place" before embarking on learning towards this qualification. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification is made up of a combination of learning outcomes that have a defined purpose and will provide qualifying learners with applied competence and a foundation for further learning. The Qualification is made up of Unit Standards classified as Fundamental, Core and Elective, totalling 125 minimum credits.

    Fundamental: 36 credits.
    Core: 64 credits.
    Elective (min): 25 credits.

    Total: 125 credits.

    Fundamental Component:
  • All the Fundamental Unit Standards totalling 36 credits are compulsory.

    Core Component:
  • All the Core Unit Standards totalling 64 credits are compulsory.

    Elective Component:
  • The qualification consists of a number of elective learning covering life skills that the learner need to choose 25 of the available 105 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate effectively using a range of strategies to identify and manage equine operational needs.

    2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and functioning of equine systems and physiology.

    3. Demonstrate an understanding of dealing with issues relating to equine health and nutrition.

    4. Apply HR and business principles in the management of an equestrian establishment. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills are used effectively in a range of equine management related contexts.
  • Appropriate Communication strategies are identified and developed to promote effective functioning of an equine establishment.
  • The communication strategy is analysed to inform future practice.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Key equine management related principles and concepts are explained with examples.
  • The roles and function of different equine systems are discussed in terms of their impact and effect on functioning of the equine.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • The roles of good health care and nutrition in equines are discussed in terms of their contribution and effect in the general well being of the equine.
  • Strategies to promote good equine health are identified and explained.
  • Strategies are applied to deal with aspects that will promote good health and nutrition.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Gender sensitive indicators are identified, selected and explained to enhance training interventions.
  • HR aspects and methodologies that support advising, coaching, mentoring, managing, guiding team on issues that will promote the smooth functioning of an equine establishment are identified and explained.
  • Business management knowledge, skills and attributes are discussed and applied in a range of situations in the workplace.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Unit standards associated with this qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. Assessment should focus in an integrated way on determining the competence of the learner in terms of the overall purpose and title of this qualification.

    The term integrated assessment also implies that the theoretical and practical components should be assessed together and assess combinations of practical, foundational and reflective competencies.

    Assessment activities should be done in real workplace situations and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show that the learner is able to display the competencies to the real work situation.

    All assessments should be conducted in line with the following documented principles of assessment: Appropriateness, fairness, manageability and integration into work of learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This Qualification and set of Unit Standards utilizes international and locally recognised best practice and standards. Best practice is found in The International Group for Equestrian qualifications (IGEQ) consisting of 32 member countries that regulates equestrian qualifications on an international scale for its member countries through its qualifications body called, The International Group for Equestrian qualifications which aligns to best practice internationally.

    IGEQ comprises the following countries; Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Training within these countries comprises IGEQ recommendations of the following competencies:
  • Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety procedures in the equine industry.
  • Horse handling and behaviour.
  • Horses care.
  • Horse nutritional requirements for standardbreds and thoroughbreds.
  • Principles of basic anatomy and physiology.
  • Monitor horse health.
  • Apply the various legislative requirements in Horse handling, care, breeding etc.

    The following learning programmes offered by international institutions and organisations were looked at to inform the generation process in terms of specific components of the General Education and Training Certificate: Equine and Equestrian:
  • Stable Management and Riding Proficiency offered by The Pony Club.
  • Mounted Policing offered by the Metro Police UK and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • Stud Management/Breeding offered by Massey, Kellogg`s.
  • Disabled Persons Riding offered by the Federation of Riding for the Disabled International.
  • Farriers offered by Farriers USA.
  • Complimentary Health Care offered by Equiworks USA.
  • Tourism Trail Riding offered by the International Tourism Federation, Ireland.

    Qualifications in the qualification frameworks were also evaluated and the following qualifications and unit standards were found to be comparable to this qualification:

    New Zealand:
  • National Certificate in Equine (Community Coach) (Level 3) Ref 0655.
  • National Certificate in Equine (Basic Farriery) (Level 3) Ref 1091.
  • NQF Ref: National Certificate in Equine (Stable Practice) (Level 3) Ref 0654.

    Australia:

    The Certificate III in Horse Industry Practice (Performance Horse) (91189NSW) offered by TAFE and in line with the Australian Qualifications Authority has the following unit of competence:
  • Determine nutritional requirements for horses.
  • Handle horses safely.
  • Apply principles of basic anatomy and physiology to horses.
  • Maintain the health and welfare of performance horses.
  • Care for performance horses.

    United Kingdom:

    The British Horse Society was founded in 1947 with the amalgamation of two organisations-the Institute of the Horse and Pony Club, and the National Horse Association of Great Britain. It offers vocational qualifications in the equine field. The aim of these qualification is to produce a clear, coherent and comprehensive system of vocational (occupational) Qualifications that are directly relevant to the needs of employment and the individual. They offer Level 3 in Horse Care and Management Certificate which cover a wide variety of stable management tasks and routines including units involving management and health and safety requirements.

    The British Equestrian Federation has the following Equine Ethnology Certificate qualification that has components that compare favourably to General Education and Training Certificate: Equine and Equestrian:

    These components are; (a) Horse behaviour theory, (b) Horse behaviour intermediate riding skills freestyle, (c) Understanding house behaviour to develop engagement advanced riding skills A, B,C,D.

    There are also a number of training institutions that offer vocational qualifications to prepare students for direct entry into employment or for progression to higher education. These programmes are within the Qualification framework.

    NVQs:

    National Occupational Standards Title; NVQ/SVQ qualification Structure Titles:
  • Animal Care; Animal Care Levels 3.
  • Animal Care; Animal Care (Boarding) Level 3.
  • Animal Care; Animal Care (Animal Welfare) Level 3.

    Conclusion:

    This Qualification aligns well to international best practice because the South African Equestrian Federation (SANEF), through their National Instructor's Plan, the boby that controls training and certification in South Africa, is affliated to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body of equestrian sports. It offers SANEF National Instructors' Plan Body that controls certification. Through its membership of the International Group for Equestrian qualifications, holders of the SANEF Instructor's Certificate (Levels 1, 2 or 3) qualify for International Equestrian Passports. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal articulation is possible with the following qualifications:
  • ID 49048: National Certificate: Animal Production, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 49052: National Certificate: Plant Production, NQF Level 3.

    Vertical articulation is possible with the following qualifications:
  • FETC: Farming NQF Level 4.
  • FETC: Equine Supervision NQF Level 4. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against these unit standards may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Criteria for the registration of assessors:
  • Relevant qualification at NQF Level 4 or higher.
  • Registration as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  8000  Apply basic business principles  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  119713  Apply basic HR principles in a new venture  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  116534  Carry out basic first aid treatment in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  265077  Demonstrate an understanding of Equine dentition  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  265056  Demonstrate an understanding of Equine Hoof Care  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  265078  Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of equine feeding and nutrition  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  265080  Describe equine functional systems and their related physiology  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  265079  Lunge a novice equine for training and exercise  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  265075  Manage an equestrian facility  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  265054  Understand equine health and wellbeing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244574  Apply knowledge of HIV/AIDS to a specific business sector and a workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13912  Apply knowledge of self and team in order to develop a plan to enhance team performance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244611  Apply problem-solving techniques to make a decision or solve a problem in a real life context  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265076  Demonstrate an understanding of ancillary tack for the Equine  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  262439  Demonstrate an understanding of information pertaining to a race horse in racing documents  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  120107  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the business cycle in a small business  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  244571  Describe how to manage anxiety and depression in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244581  Describe how to manage substance abuse and addiction in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265055  Develop riding proficiency and basic schooling of horses  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244589  Identify causes of stress and techniques to manage it in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116492  Interact ethically in multicultural contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  262477  Interact with the stipendiary board at the race course  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13936  Outline the legal environment of a selected industry  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  262417  Read a horse race  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  262377  Demonstrate an understanding of basic horse racing strategies  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242811  Prioritise time and work for self and team  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  265074  Utilise an Equine for patrols in a law enforcement environment to ensure visibility  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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