The Australian College of Equine Podiotherapy Diploma Course (22290VIC) consists of the following Units of Competency:

Unit of Competency Unit of Competency/Module Title
VU21710 Employ knowledge of equine distal limb anatomy and physiology in hoof management
VU21711 Apply the principles of equine orthopaedics
VU21712 Integrate equine biomechanics and hoof management
VU21713 Manage equine hoof development
VU21714 Provide equine barefoot rehabilitation
VU21715 Provide functional equine hoof protection
BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
HLTAID003 Provide first aid. The unit HLTAID003 is a requirement for completion of the course but it is not delivered by ACEP.  Delivery of the unit will be arranged if enough students need to obtain it.
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices
RGRCMN401A Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practices
RGRPSH201A Handle horses
RGRPSH302A Supervise handling of horses
RRGRPSH308A Provide first aid and emergency care for horses
RGRPSH401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of horses


On the successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Nationally Accredited Diploma of Equine Podiotherapy (22290VIC) and may use the title of Equine Podiotherapist in your practice and advertising. You will also qualify for membership with the Equine Podiotherapist's Association and have access to ongoing learning and networking with other Podiotherapists.

What you will NOT learn!

You will NOT leave the Equine Podiotherapy Diploma Course (22290VIC) with a one size fits all approach to your work.   Trimming based on that premise is set to fail and most horses with serious hoof problems fall far outside those parameters .... and these are the horses that most need your help!

But you WILL learn a paradigm based in equine orthopaedics and based on equine anatomy studies.

Course Pre-requisites:

Current first aid certificate must be presented to the college prior to completion of the diploma course but we do encourage students to complete a first aid course prior to commencement.

You must be willing to study and undertake case histories as part of your course.

Because this career path is relatively new and those who are seeking to obtain education come from a wide cross section of the community, male and female, young and old, the course developers felt that setting prerequisites based on previous education/experience was unfair and would prevent many people who are passionate about hoof care from attending.

Career Opportunities:

The sky is your limit! This training opens up a huge field of work.  In Australia at present the demand for properly trained natural hoof care specialists far exceeds the supply.  It is impossible to meet the demand for Equine Podiotherapists at this time!

In a world of shrinking careers your horizons in natural hoof care are limitless! Your skills will even take you outside this country if that is what you wish.

Master Classes/Seminars:

These are held once a year and these ongoing learning opportunities are offered to those who have studied Equine Podiotherapy.  The guest lecturers are drawn from those who are working at the cutting edge of equine hoof care and research.

How long is the Diploma Course?

The course is classified as full time and is designed to be completed in two years.  There are four blocks. In the first year, the course is delivered in three intensive 7 day blocks of face to face lectures and practicals complemented by distance learning modules. The fourth block is delivered in the second year.  Students then have to complete a series of case studies within their second year.  Assignments are to be completed between the blocks.


The college is based at Mayfield, 470 Middle Creek Road, Yarck, in north-east Victoria.  Mayfield is a 1000 acre beef, sheep and horse breeding farm, offering horse agistment and lameness rehabilitation, specialising in laminitis.  The campus provides a comfortable air conditioned classroom, student amenities, accommodation and camping facilities.  There is also a full range of off-campus accommodation within easy driving distance.

What else will you need?

Students need to supply their own trimming gloves and it is a condition of the college insurance that students must wear an approved (Australian Standards) safety riding helmet during the handling of live horses.  Loan tools and farrier aprons are available from the college but if you are travelling by car, please bring your own if you can.  Gloves, aprons and a large inventory of trimming tools are available for purchase but not safety helmets.


The first block usually commences in February. Please consider booking early (even the year before) as the course usually fills very quickly and places are limited because of the hands on nature of this training.


This is a competency based course.  Assessments include in class practical and written assessments, oral presentations, written assignments and a major case study portfolio.


The total fee for the Payment Plan is $9000.

This fee consists of course fees $9000, inclusive of a $1000 non-refundable deposit.  Once the $1000 enrolment deposit has been paid the balance is paid in 4 instalments.

        Deposit: Due on enrolment. $1000
Instalment 1: Due end of Block 1 $2000
Instalment 2: Due end of Block 2 $2000
Instalment 3: Due end of Block 3 $2000
Instalment 4: Due end of Block 4 $2000
TOTAL $9000

This training is delivered to eligible individuals with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to access training funded through the Skills First Program.

The student tuition fees are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Course notes for each study block will be released to students via the student log in section of the ACEP website once payment for that study block is received. Student login will be disabled if payment is not received.

The bunkhouse
Students in the home paddock