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Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Equine Breeding (Stud Management)

Course Duration 1 year
Awarding Body QQI
Course Code 6M3507
Location Kildalton College
Application Apply Online  Closing date: Midnight 31st May 2018
Maintenance Grant Teagasc Grant Scheme (Means Tested)


Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Applications should be made directly to Kildalton College by 1 June. Holders of the Level 5 Certificate in Horsemanship, or other equivalent qualifications, apply directly to Kildalton College. Applicants must have passed the Level 5 riding module to join this programme.
Applicants with equivalent qualification must undergo the Teagasc RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process to determine exemption for transfer to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Equine Breeding (Stud Management).

Course Aims

This one-year course aims to provide students with knowledge and skills relating to stud management and an opportunity to work on commercial stud farms which enable them to gain experience in:

  • Breeding and stud management
  • Equine reproduction, anatomy & physiology
  • Handling Horses
  • Foaling and modern breeding techniques
  • Working with Mares and Foals
  • Stallion Work
  • Preparing Yearlings and Weanlings for Sale

This is a follow on from the Level 5 Certificate in Horsemanship. It is a one-year programme designed to equip people to find employment in responsible positions in the thoroughbred or sport horse industry, or gaining experience for breeding their own stock.


Teagasc, Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny.

Students attend Kildalton College for course work prior to completing a practical learning period on some of the best stud farms in Ireland.

On successful completion of the programme students are awarded the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Equine Breeding which meets the training requirements for Stamp
Duty Exemption and DAFM Schemes.

There are good employment opportunities in the industry in Ireland and internationally, including work on stud farms, training yards and equestrian centres. Former students have found employment in the UK, USA, Japan & Australia.