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Level 5 Certificate in Horsemanship (Equitation or Stud Management)

Duration 1 year
Code 5M3371
Location Kildalton

Awarding Body: QQI 
Progression: Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship (Equitation or Stud Management). Higher Education Link Scheme to Higher Certificate in Business in Equine.
Application: Apply Online 
Maintenance Grant: Teagasc Grant Scheme (Means tested)

Entry Requirements

There is no minimum educational entry requirement but students who have completed the Leaving Certificate are likely to benefit most from the course. Applicants must be over 17 years on 1 January following entry to the course.

Course Aims

This one-year course aims to provide students with:

  • Knowledge and skills relating to the sport horse industry
  • Qualification for employment opportunities in the industry including stud farms, training yards and equestrian centres
  • Progression and articulation options to higher level courses


The course is offered at Kildalton College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny.

Course Structure and Content

The course consists of 30 weeks course work at Kildalton College. During this time students develop knowledge and skills in areas such as:

  • Stable and Yard Routine
  • Equine Work Practice
  • Sport Horse Riding
  • Young Horse Schooling

Students spend a considerable amount of time developing their handling skills. Students intending to concentrate solely on a career in Stud Management are given an additional opportunity to focus on Horse Breeding and Management modules. This course does not meet the training requirements for Stamp Duty Exemption.


Students with this Level 5 award may apply to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship (Equitation) or to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate (Stud Management). Those intending to progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificare in Equitation should select the revelant modules in Level 5. Further information is available from Kildalton College.

Students can also apply via the Higher Education Links Scheme, for the Higher Certificate in Business in Equine Studies (AL025) and Higher Certificate in Business in Equine (AL652) at Athlone Institute of Technology.