|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Further Education and Training Certificate: Equine Practices|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|71469||Further Education and Training Certificate: Equine Practices|
|SGB Equine Management and Equestrian Instruction|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|CATHSSETA - Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Further Ed and Training Cert||Field 02 - Culture and Arts||Sport|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||160||Level 4||NQF Level 04||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.|
This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
This qualification is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment in the Equine and equestrian industry. The aim of the qualification will be to develop the competences of candidates who will become managers of equine and equestrian establishments. It is designed for learners who are able to work unsupervised in an equine and equestrian establishment and for those who aspire to work at supervisory level. Candidates may aspire to or already work in a range of equine and equestrian environments including studs, stables, leisure organizations, competition yards, racing stables and Riding for the Disabled. Equine relates to handling the horse care type activities. Equestrian studies mounted activities such as riding.
The learner assessed as competent against this qualification will be capable of supervising the following:
The learning pathway to cater for the Equine Industry in South Africa currently spans Levels 1 to 8 namely; General Education and Training Certificate: Equine and Equestrian Practices (58493) and Master of Veterinary Medicine: Equine Medicine (15549). This qualification will build on the knowledge and skills of the first three levels leading to this Further Education and Training Certificate in Equine Supervision as identified by the Equine Industry. This qualification will be accessed by learners that wish to embark on a career within the Equine Industry, continue their learning within the industry for further job opportunities and to have past learning and industry experience recognized formally.
The Equine Industry comprises a number of sub-disciplines and this qualification is designed to cater for some of the following areas of activity:
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It would be desirable for learners wishing to access this qualification to be competent at:
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This qualification and all the fundamental, core and elective Unit Standards associated with it, as described in the rules of combination, can be achieved by any learner through the recognition of prior learning, which includes learning outcomes achieved through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. The exit-level outcomes and the related Unit Standards may also be achieved through the recognition of prior learning.
Access to the Qualification:
There are no access limitations on any learners or classes of learners for this qualification, besides the recommendations in the learning assumptions outlined above.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The qualification consists of Fundamental, Core and Elective unit standards. A minimum of 160 credits is required to achieve the qualification. The credits are allocated as follows:
Fundamental Component (56 credits) Compulsory for all learners:
The Fundamental Component consists of the following learning, which is compulsory for all learners:
It is therefore compulsory for learners to do Communication in two different South African language, one at Level 4 and the other at Level 3.
Core Component (71 credits) Compulsory for all learners.
Learners are to choose unit standards totalling a minimum of 33 credits from those listed as Electives. Learners are required to choose all unit standards listed under a specialisation of their choice.
Minimum Total for Mounted Policing: 45 Credits.
Stud Farm Supervision:
Minimum Total for Stud Supervision: 55 Credits.
Minimum Total for Riding Instructors: 29 Credits.
Horse Trail Guiding:
Minimum Total for Horse Trail Guiding: 24 Credits
Minimum Total for Farriery: 25 Credits.
General Equine Applicability:
Minimum Total for General Equine Applicability: 25 Credits.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Understand and apply equine health and welfare.
2. Facilitate equine schooling.
3. Manage a work team in an equine facility
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
1.1 The well being of the horse is evaluated in relation to the "5 Freedoms" and communicated to the relevant roleplayer/s according to organisational procedures.
1.2 The primary function of each body system is described in terms of their inter relationship.
1.3 The nature and treatment of common ailments, infectious disease and common disease in horses are explained according to standard equine treatment programmes.
1.4 A treatment programme is implemented under the direction of a Veterinerian.
1.5 Grazing/pasture is established and maintained to meet production requirements.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
2.1 Negative behavioural traits are identified and remedial techniques are implemented according to internationally accepted procedures.
2.2 Quality of a horse's movement and attitude is evaluated in relation to the purpose of the horse.
2.3 The use of the appropriate auxiliary tack is supervised according to the training technique.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
3.1 Equine facility work is planned, organised, monitored and evaluated according to work plan and organisational procedures.
3.2 Schedules are developed for self and team to achieve objectives in terms of required quality and within set time frame.
3.4 Actual expenses and income are monitored and controlled according to projected budget.
Integrated assessment at the level of the qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate concepts, ideas and actions across Unit Standards to achieve competence that is grounded and coherent in relation to the purpose of the qualification. Integrated assessment should show how already demonstrated competence in individual areas can be linked and applied for the achievement of a holistic outcome as described in the exit level outcomes.
Integrated assessment will judge the quality of the observable performance, and also the quality of the thinking that lies behind it. Assessment tools must encourage learners to give an account of the thinking and decision-making that underpin their demonstrated performance. Some assessment practices will demand practical evidence while others may be more theoretical, depending on the type of outcomes to be assessed. The ratio between action and interpretation is not fixed, but varies according to the demands of the particular exit level outcome of the qualification.
The assessments will comprise both continuous formative and summative modes of assessment. Formative assessment will employ a range of appropriate assessment tools, which will include self and peer assessments or tests. These formative assessments will lead to the summative assessment intervention, again using a range of suitable assessment tools.
The primary aim of this qualification is to ensure that learners have a sound base of Equine Handling and Equestrian Practice to prepare them for further learning, whatever career path they may choose. Learners must be able to transfer generic skills across a number of different contexts, and apply them within a number of learning areas.
A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical assessment tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge maintained so that each takes its rightful place.
|International best practice is found in the International Group for Equestrian qualifications (IGEQ) which consists of 34 member countries and harmonises equestrian qualifications on an international scale for its member countries. This body ensures a high standard of equestrian training in member countries and issues international equestrian trainer's passports for use by people seeking employment in other countries.
As a member country, South Africa offers training that is compliant with the IGEQ and therefore compares with the standard offered by the following member countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. This Further Education and Training Certificate was designed to comply with the IGEQ requirements and is therefore, in a general sense, similar to training offerings in the 34 member countries.
For a more detailed comparison the following countries were considered in comparing the Further Education and Training Certificate in Equine Supervision with international equivalents:
The learning pathway catering for vocational training to meet the needs of the Equine Industry in New Zealand comprises qualifications from Level 2 to 5. The National Certificate in Equine, Level 4 with electives for Farriery (NQF Ref: 0217), Coaching (NQF Ref: 0656), Racehorse management (NQF Ref: 0653) and stable management (NQF Ref: 0794) equates with the Further Education and Training Certificate in Equine Supervision that offers similar electives, excluding racehorse management, as this is a dedicated qualification in the South African context.
The following core unit standards from the New Zealand qualification indicate a close comparison with the core unit standards of the Further Education and Training Certificate:
Qualifications from Level 2 to 5 represent the learning pathway for equine studies in the United Kingdom. The approach here is to offer dedicated qualifications for the specialization areas of transport (500/1570/9), coaching/instruction (100/3390/7) and management (500/1222/8). The Level 4 NVQ in Equine management compares closely with the Further Education and Training Certificate in Equine Supervision.
Qualifying learner must prove competence in the 5 mandatory learning units and at least 4 learning units from one of the following areas of specialization:
The South African Further Education and Training Certificate also caters for training and development in supervision, business, coaching/instruction and breeding (stud farm supervision). Horse racing is catered for in a dedicated qualification in the South African context and the competencies for elite grooms are catered for in the NQF Level 3 qualification. The Further Education and Training Certificate goes beyond these electives to include mounted policing, farriery and horse trail guiding.
The competencies of the following mandatory units are incorporated in the South African unit standards either as specific outcomes or assessment criteria:
The following units compare with the core unit standards associated with the Further Education and Training Certificate in Equine Supervision:
United States of America:
State University of New York is a public college that offers several Equine Studies Programs and students can earn either an Associate's or Bachelor's degree at the Equestrian Center. The Associate's and Bachelor's degrees will prepare students for a number of different careers that include the following commonalities with the Further Education and Training Certificate:
The associate degree programs will prepare the student for immediate success in any equine related field. The Associate in Applied Science in Equine Studies will provide the students with the opportunity to learn about:
There are additional courses that the students may choose from that include dressage and jumping, tackless training, reining, driving, eventing, and conventional and therapeutic riding instructor courses. Student who are pursuing an associate's degree are highly encouraged to select a specific field of study from one of the four fields that the college offers. The students can choose to specialize in Horse Farm Management, Performance Horse Training, Therapeutic Riding, and Thoroughbred Management. The depth and range of equine studies in USA, as illustrated by this example, exceeds the Further Education and Training Certificate level and is not comparable. However, there are common areas of study including, equine behaviour, equine health, nutrition and management.
The Associate Diploma In Equine Studies (Course Code VAG009), Duration (approx)1500 hours is made up of 15 modules. The depth of study involved at this level exceeds that of the Further Education and Training Certificate, however, there are common elements in these qualifications that indicate equivalence. The modules that compare are listed below:
The Associate Diploma in Equine Studies as offered by the University of Guelph provides students with an opportunity to specialize in the management of horse enterprises. The program provides an excellent foundation for students who eventually wish to seek certification as qualified instructors in the Canadian Equestrian Federation. The program combines theory and hands-on practical courses that prepare graduates for the diversity of positions that exist in the horse industry.
The following modules of the Associate Diploma in Equine Studies over 4 semesters compares with unit standards of the Further Education and Training Certificate comprise:
The following learning programmes offered by international institutions and organisations were considered to inform the generation of the unit standards for the electives of the Further Education and Training Certificate: Equine Supervision:
Africa and SADC:
No comparisons were found in Africa or SADC countries other than South Africa.
It is evident from the foregoing that the Further Education and Training Certificate in Equine Supervision has many similarities with equivalent qualifications offered internationally. These similarities are evidenced in the specific outcomes and assessment criteria of the core South African unit standards covering health, welfare, physiology, conditioning and nutrition. Further similarities can be identified in the common management competencies such as budget management, team management and resource management. Some of the common areas of specialization that is the focus of the electives such as stable management, farriery, horse trail guiding coaching/instruction and stud farm management or breeding.
The South African National Equestrian Federation (SANEF) is affiliated to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body of equestrian sports and offers SANEF National Instructors' Examinations. Through its membership of the International Group for Equestrian qualifications, holders of the SANEF Instructor's Certificate (Levels 1, 2 or 3) qualify for International Equestrian Passports which are international best practice in the industry.
|The possibility exists for vertical articulation with this qualification. Examples of vertical articulation:
Examples of horizontal articulation with this qualification:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||254220||Provide primary emergency care/first aid as an advanced first responder||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Core||335762||Understand equine conformation||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Core||335720||Apply remedial behavioural techniques for a horse||Level 4||NQF Level 04||7|
|Core||335731||Assess conformation and movement of a horse||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Core||335735||Establish and maintain grazing for horses||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Core||335738||Evaluate the welfare of a horse||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||242810||Manage Expenditure against a budget||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Core||114589||Manage time productively||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||10981||Supervise work unit to achieve work unit objectives (individuals and teams)||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Fundamental||119472||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119457||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119467||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119465||Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9015||Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||119462||Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||119469||Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||9016||Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||119471||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||7468||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||119459||Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||335755||Receive and despatch stud horses||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Elective||335758||Assess equine breeding methods||Level 4||NQF Level 04||3|
|Elective||335728||Assess stud farm layout and facilities||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||335725||Assist a mare to foal||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||335744||Care for a foal from birth to weaning||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||335741||Care for sick and orphan foals||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||335726||Conduct a horse trail of up to one day||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||262403||Describe equine reproduction and gestation||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||335729||Determine the farriery requirements of an equine||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||335742||Develop a foal from weanling to yearling||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||335719||Develop riding proficiency||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||13674||Identify and support learners with special needs||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||335756||Move tactically with a horse in law enforcement||Level 4||NQF Level 04||9|
|Elective||335760||Perform horse riding instruction||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||335716||Prepare and hold a mare for service||Level 4||NQF Level 04||3|
|Elective||335722||Prepare horses and clients for a trail ride of up to one day||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||335757||Supervise stud farm horse care||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||335721||Tease a mare||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||335737||Trim and shoe equine feet||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||335736||Use a horse for rural operational duties||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||335724||Use a horse for urban patrols||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||335715||Use a horse in a ceremonial proceeding||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||335732||Use a horse in crowd management||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||335764||Analyse equine biomechanics||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||335761||Apply knowledge of unsoundness conditions||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||335763||Conduct and manage a multi-day horse trail||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||335774||Manage equine ration formulation and feeding||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||335759||Understand the suitability of horse breeds for designated purposes||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.