The NPTC NVQ in Horse Care qualification covers areas such as assisting with the care of horses, cleaning the stables and yard, putting on and taking off, cleaning equipment; handling horses and safety and good working relations.
The Level 4 NVQ in Equine Management will give you the chance to specialise in the following areas depending on your interests:
- Equine Business Management
- Business/Yard Manager
- Elite Groom
- Horse Racing
You'll be assessed on the job, working with horses and carrying out other tasks in your usual workplace.
To gain an NVQ, you need to show you've got a particular set of skills. You usually work with your training provider to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones - perhaps by trying new things at work, or by studying.
NVQs are assessed at work or in a simulated workplace. For each unit your assessor watches and asks questions as you perform a task, or looks at a portfolio of work that you've built as formal evidence of your learning. Then they confirm you've got the skills to do the job well.
Which Level is right for me?
Level 1 in Horse Care
You're just starting out working with horses, perhaps as a stable hand. You want to demonstrate the basic skills you need to work in a stable yard and move on to further study.
Level 2 in Horse Care
You have some experience of working with horses and want to show your competence at more complicated tasks. You want a recognised qualification to help you take on greater individual responsibility.
Level 3 in Horse Care
You have lots of experience of working with horses, and will usually be specialising in a specific area of horse care. Your work might involve coaching, managing and supervising other people.
Level 4 in Equine Management
You wish to progress to management level within the equine industry.