Accreditation with HSA


There are now three main streams available at our clinics:

  • Riding instructors
  • Trail Guides
  • Instructors of Horse Handling

Our accreditation processes cover safe procedures and systems, the Codes and Guides which exist in Australia for different areas of teaching and supervising those interacting with horses, and stretches across all disciplines: English,Western, natural horsemanship, “Australian stockman” and other styles of riding and interacting with horses.

We include in the clinics  some relevant units of competency from the SIS Training Package:

SISOEQU001 Handle horses and

SISOEQU010 Identify hazards, assess and control risks in horse handling and riding activities

These are assessed by our TAE qualified staff, and Units of Competency are provided through a memorandum of understanding with the SA Sports Federation Inc (RTO2280)

The assessment processes is carried out in 3, 4 or 5  day clinics (The time you are involved depends on the areas you are already or want to be involved in: eg it could be both instructor and trail guide, or one of these or the other, or just teaching horse handling etc.)

All our assessments all involve working with horses and people (including having the other participants role play beginner riders)  working with groups of clients and 1:1 teaching, and are relevant to the sole operator (teaching riding, running clinics etc.) as well as those working in Equine Assisted Learning -who want a safety linked accreditation- as well as those working in a team in a riding school, educational institution or trail riding business.

The clinics usually involve up to 12 people from diverse backgrounds (one of our strengths, it is a great networking opportunity). They always have a lot of practical input, with most of the days spent with horses and other people, going through the types of situations you will find yourself in when working with your clients (from complete beginners through to more advanced riders/handlers)

All accreditation with HSA must include a human first aid certificate (currently this is HLTAID003Provide first aid, widely available throughout Australia, through other providers. Note, this is not part of our clinics)

Sometimes we have younger people attend our courses (16 -17 year olds ) who want to make a start in their journey as instructors/trail guides . They can only receive an ‘Assistant’ level in both these area,  which potentially can be upgraded when they turn 18 if they have passed all elements of the  assessments during the  clinic processes. Sometimes these people need to return to a clinic at a  later date if they need to demonstrate their skills have developed sufficiently to meet our requirements.

The full  ‘instructor‘ accreditation is broken down into three groups, with all receiving these being a minimum of 18 years old:

  • Introductory Instructor (those working in controlled situations teaching only the very introductory basics of riding, using the same horses, routines and environments every session, overseen by more experienced people who manage the horses needs, and provide procedures and systems of operations)
  • Instructor (those teaching the fundamentals of  riding -walk trot and canter, horse control, basics of good riding skills (in any discipline) and running either individual lessons, small groups or up to 8 people in their sessions)
  • Senior Instructor (minimum age 25- as these people are considers leaders and role models in the industry) with significant knowledge and personal riding and horse management skills, and an excellent ability to communicate at any level, including teaching more advanced theory (within their discipline interests)

The Trail Guide accreditation is one level only (other than an assistant, who must have good personal riding and horse handling  skills but may not be ready to take responsibility for others out on a trail ride). The Trail Guide accredited by HSA can manage a tourist on a short  ride through to day rides and overnight rides. The assumption is made that very few people now go trekking with pack horses, carrying everything with them. The common trend is for longer rides to stop over are pre-arranged accommodation, yards etc.  Hence the Trail Guide has similar responsibilities whether on long or short rides. Our accreditation in this area covers the duty of care of Trail Guides and their abilities to look after and advise their clients, and make good decisions about terrain, tracks, weather, horse behaviour, emergency procedures, etc. We do not cover issues related to camping over night and provision of long term requirements and needs of clients.

Those involved in EAL or just teaching horse handling/ground work,  can obtain a purpose built accreditation, Instructor of Horse Handling,  which has its focus on supervising /teaching others when they are interacting with horses in non riding activities.

All clinics cover things like  Safe Work Australia’s  Guide to managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses, and when in NSW we look at their specific Safe Work Code. Also at all clinics we consider the AHIC Code HorseSafe, and touch on general Work Safe requirements for all businesses, and the new national Adventure Activity Standards for Trail Riding (for those involved in this area).







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