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EQL Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care and Management

This qualification has been developed by the equine industry to replace NVQ Level 3 in Horse Care and Management for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and has been developed from the equine National Occupational Standards.

This qualification is suitable for post-16 candidates who are progressing on from Level 2 and wish to further develop their skills, knowledge and competence in order to progress their career or obtain employment. Assessment is carried out through continuous assessment at the candidate’s place of work or at an approved assessment site.

This qualification will provide the holder with competent skills and knowledge to be able to care for horses and maintain their health and well-being in a variety of equine work place environments. They will be able to be responsible for supervising and guiding staff, organising work and have a broad range of knowledge and skills which can be applied to a variety of work routines. They will be able to assume responsibility for others and run a small yard. 

On achieving this qualification candidates will also be able to further their training and competence by progressing on to a number of equine awards available at Levels 4 and 5, whether they be academic HNC/HND-type courses or other practical-based awards. Holders of this qualification should be able to obtain employment in a variety of equine establishments as a Horse Groom or Yard Manager (in a variety of job roles), Trekking Centre Operator, Trek Leader, Horse Riding Instructor or Horse Trainer.