Equine Groom Apprenticeship

Starts: Various start dates throughout the year
Duration: 12-18 months
Available at: Enfield (delivered through day release training)

Turn your love of horses into a fulfilling and exciting career in the equine industry. The equine groom plays an integral part in the life of the horse, providing essential day-to-day care. Our equine apprenticeship is an exciting way to start a career while working and learning within the equine sector.

Working full-time within the industry you will attend our Princess Royal College of Animal Management and Saddlery to learn about safe working practices, yard and field routines and duties, horse anatomy, physiology and welfare, saddlery and equipment, as well as horse handling, care and appearance.

This 18 month course is suitable for beginner level grooms. Progression onto the Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship is one option open to those who successfully complete this course.

What to expect:
You will be entering a vocational industry, where you can expect to handle a variety of horses in different working environments.

The role of a Groom is wide ranging and includes: juggling yard duties for multiple horses, organising the horse and equipment for competitions, assisting with veterinary emergencies and the recovery of a sick and injured horse, and helping with booking regular appointments with a range of professionals (the farrier, physiotherapists and the vet).

You will be expected to adhere to safe working practices, work in all weather conditions and to display dedication and commitment, in what will be a physically and mentally demanding role.

This apprenticeship standard has been designed by the industry for apprentices employed in a wide variety of different organisations.

Topics include:

  • horse anatomy, physiology and welfare
  • yard and field routines and duties
  • horse handling, care and appearance
  • saddlery and equipment
  • travelling horses
  • health and safety
  • non-ridden exercise

Optional units:

  • breeding
  • driving
  • racing
  • riding and non-riding pathways


Final end point assessments shall be composed of four elements:

  • a knowledge test, which will cover areas of knowledge learnt that cannot be observed through practical assessments
  • a practical observation in which the apprentice will demonstrate their skills, behaviours and underlying knowledge as required by the standard in relation to the core and their chosen route
  • a professional discussion informed by a portfolio that explores evidence for areas of the standard that have not been assessed in the previous elements as well as exploring those skills that require further clarification
  • all end point assessments are externally assessed and can be achieved at a pass, merit, or distinction.

You will:

  • learn to work at the commercial speed equine employers expect
  • acquire the confidence to work with horses, in a team and in the work place
  • gain the skills and knowledge to become a competent member of staff
  • achieve essential employability skills and gain a reference for your CV
  • have a portfolio to evidence the practical skills you have learned through work


Entry requirements
You will need the following:

  • EU resident for a minimum of 3 years
  • not be in full-time education (school, college, university or on another apprenticeship)
  • not to have already completed a Level 2 in horse care through college or an apprenticeship
  • not to have completed a Level 4 qualification or higher (foundation degree or degree) in an equine subject
  • Level 1 Diploma at Distinction level
  • At least 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including Maths, English and Science.

What next?
On successful completion you will have the option to progress on to a Level 3 Senior Groom Apprenticeship or one of the following careers: assistant groom, work rider, jockey, stable staff, stud groom, equestrian centre technician or trek assistant.