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10872NAT Diploma of Equitation Science

Nationally Accredited Horse Training Qualification

Introducing our Diploma of Equitation Science, the most comprehensive and unique approach to horse training available. Unlike other modern approaches, we begin with the traditional goals of all equestrian traditions and use evidence-based knowledge of equine cognition, learning, and ethology to create a pathway to success. Whether you’re interested in dressage, jumping, or any other equestrian sport, our unbiased approach will equip you with the knowledge and skills to begin or enhance your career.

Our in-hand training signals are intentionally designed to be similar to under-saddle signals, making it easy for your horse to understand. With shaping techniques and a focus on ethical animal training and human safety, our diploma is the perfect choice for anyone looking to take their equestrian skills to the next level. Enrol today and embark on a journey to success with our Diploma of Equitation Science.

Equitation = The art & practice of horsemanship & riding.

Science = Knowledge

Why study Equitation Science?

The Diploma of Equitation Science offers new and exciting career opportunities in the growing field of equitation science, both in Australia and internationally. Providing students with highly practical skills and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of horse handling, coaching and training, graduates are equipped with increasingly sought after skills in equine management, and are well placed at the forefront of evidence-based and ethical equine training practices. A broad, multi-discipline course, the Diploma of Equitation Science is suitable for anyone who handles horses, including:

Diploma of Equitation Science

The Diploma of Equitation Science is a nationally recognised qualification with theoretical and practical components to ensure our graduates are highly competent in all areas of horse training and coaching.

Study from home with our online learning portal, and attend practical training at our workshops or have your practical skills assessed with our distance learning options (outlined in the course information pack below).

Subject areas include:

Fee Help: VET Students Loans

Equitation Science International Pty Ltd is an approved VET Student Loans provider for Australian students enrolling into 10872NAT Diploma of Equitation Science.

What is a VET Student Loan?

A VET Student Loan (otherwise known as VSL) is a loan offered by the Australian government to cover your tuition fees. The loan is repayable via the taxation system once students reach the minimum income threshold.

Apply now for our next intake, closing in:


Applications close: August 28th, 2024
Term commences: September 11th, 2024

Enrolment procedure

Enrolment can take up to 5 days. Ensure you are prepared with the following:

Enquire here to ask questions and request an enrolment pack

View our online portal demonstration

Student Community

As a student of the Diploma of Equitation Science, you join a growing community of like-minded horse professionals and enthusiasts. Students are invited to join a discussion group to share in and contribute ideas during their study. After completing their Diploma, graduates are invited to join a private group to stay in touch with fellow students, former graduates and the team at Equitation Science International Pty Ltd. Graduates are also invited to attend bi-ennial trainers conferences.

Entry Requirements

The ability to ride a horse in walk, trot and canter demonstrating control and balance.

Enrolment and Payment

The cost of the entire course is AU$10,300.00. Pay per unit and payment plans are also available. VET Student Loans are available for eligible Australian Students

Recognised Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgment of skills and knowledge obtained through formal training, work experience and/or life experience. The purpose of this process is to identify and assess previously acquired skills and knowledge against the required competency standards. Course participants applying for RPL must provide evidence to the satisfaction of ESI. This evidence must clearly indicate that the applicant is able to demonstrate all of the required skills and knowledge for the unit in question. Information and documentation regarding the application procedure for RPL and/or Credit Transfers will be made available to all participants upon request.

NAT units (NAT10872001-004) are not available for RPL.

Frequently Asked Questionsere

View our list of FAQ’s here.

If there is a question you do not find the answer to, don’t hesitate to contact us.

More Information

To learn more about studying at Equitation Science International (Australia) Pty Ltd, please use our enquiry form

2024 workshop dates


Term 1: April 18
Term 2: August 8
Term 3: November 28


Term 1: April 19
Term 2: August 9
Term 3: November 29

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