Level 2 Equine Groom (9044)

Last Updated: 25 Apr 2019

Product code 9044

Apprentices will be entering a vocational industry, where they can expect to handle and work with a range of horses and ponies in different working environments. They must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often out of hours. They’ll be required to have dedication, commitment and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role.
The equine groom occupation requires competent individuals who are committed to the safety and welfare of the horses in their care. The apprentice will use knowledge, understanding, practical experience and empathy to maintain the horses’ physical and psychological well-being within a safe working environment. This is a practical, hands-on occupation where apprentices will work under supervision individually or as part of a diverse team to provide horses with essential day-to-day care.

There are five Equine Groom end-point assessment options to choose from, depending upon the needs of the employer, which are:

  • Equine Groom (Breeding)
  • Equine Groom (Racing – exercise groom)
  • Equine Groom (Racing – yard based groom)
  • Equine Groom (Riding)
  • Equine Groom (Non-riding)



On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to pick up the skills, knowledge and behaviours set in each standard. Apprentices need to complete a minimum of 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship. Specific rules govern this and it must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours. The apprentice must collect and maintain supporting evidence to compile a mandatory portfolio of evidence during their on-programme learning. The assessment plan outlines the recommendations for this. The portfolio is not graded but will be used in the Professional Discussion to evidence any of the skills that may not be observed at the time of the Practical Observation.

End-point assessment

The end-point assessment will contain three components – all components must be passed for the apprentice to meet the apprenticeship standard. The end-point assessment will take place over two separate days, one for the Knowledge Test and a separate day for the Practical Observation and Professional Discussion/Portfolio. The apprentice must pass the Knowledge Test in order to proceed to the Practical Observation and Professional Discussion.

  • Online knowledge test – 50 multiple-choice questions to be completed within one hour and 15 minutes.
  • Practical observation – A structured event in which the apprentice will be observed carrying out their day-to-day role in the workplace or simulated working environment.
  • Professional discussion – This will last between 60-75 minutes and explore areas of the knowledge, skills and behaviours from the standard that have not been assessed in the knowledge test or practical observation, or areas that require further clarification. This will also provide the opportunity for the apprentice to use the evidence from their portfolio to illustrate their professional competence.


How to register

Interested in using our end-point assessment service? There are three ways to either find out more or to order what you need:
1. If you’re an existing City & Guilds customer, go to Walled Garden and select the materials you need or register your apprentice for end-point assessment. (You may need to submit a request to deliver if you don’t yet have approval for that standard.)
2. Get in touch with directsales@cityandguilds.com. Our Direct Sales Team can explain our different products and services and start getting you set up as a customer or give existing customers support on the new apprenticeship arrangements.
3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

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