Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) qualifications

The National Stud works with the industry’s qualification awarding body 1st4Sport to offer a range of accredited qualifications. If you are working in the stud industry and would like to gain formal recognition of your skills, please contact us to discuss the options available.

Self-study and tested online or paper based
  • Level 2 Certificate in Horse Care
  • Level 3 Certificate in Horse Care and Management
Self-study and tested online or paper based
NB there is also a practical test for the long journeys qualification
  • Level 3 Award in Transporting Horses on Short Journeys
  • Level 3 Award in Transporting Horses on Long Journeys
Assessed in the work place and only available to current full or part time employees on studs
  • Level 2 Work based Diploma in Racehorse Care (Breeding Option)
  • Level 3 Work based Diploma in Racehorse Management and Care (Breeding Option)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Thoroughbred Stud Practice

As with all QCF accredited qualifications the allocated level number indicates the level of learning and the higher the number the higher the knowledge. Within each level the terms Award, Certificate and Diploma indicate in ascending order the amount of learning and commitment needed to complete the qualification.

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For further information on the qualifications, the application and fees please contact us.