Training & Qualifications: Advanced Certificate in Equine Transport

Training: Advanced Certificate in Equine Transport (ACET)

LOC Transport are now offering training and qualifications for the Advanced Certificate in Equine Transport (ACET)

  1. Do you transport horses for a living (or would you like to)?
  2. Are you a professional rider or show groom?
  3. Are you looking for a career in horse transport?
  4. Are you transporting horses as part of your job, i.e. for reward?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you need to have an Advanced Certificate in Equine Transport. LOC are now training candidates to provide both the training and the exam so that you can achieve your ACET.

This course will teach you all you need to know about transporting horses, from how to plan a journey and things you need to consider ahead of time, to what travel equipment you’ll need, loading and unloading tips, safe driving, how to load difficult horses, how to ensure that you are meeting the safety and welfare standards, right through to how to care for the horse after a long journey.

As of January 2007, EU Welfare in transport Regulation No 1/2005 requires that anybody who transports horses in connection with an economic activity (for business purposes) for over 8 hours to hold an Advanced Certificate in Equine Transport (ACET)/WATO (The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006).

How do I know if I need a certificate?

In general, you will need a certificate if you are;

  1. Transporting horses for hire or reward (for payment) on journeys of more than 65km or eight hours
  2. Transporting horses for sale or to an abattoir for slaughter
  3. Transporting horses as part of a business – whether that be to/from stud or to competitions.

The Certificate is a written and practical assessment covering 3 units

For Units 1 & 2, candidates must have prior knowledge of horse handling and be familiar with preparing horses for transport; loading/unloading and caring for the animals during transport; recognising signs of stress, lameness, injury or illness and with measures relating to the welfare, safety and comfort of equines before, during and after transport. Candidates for Unit 3 must have passed Units 1 & 2 and hold an appropriate, valid licence to drive the relevant horse transport vehicle. There are no prior qualification requirements.

Unit 1

The first unit is a multiple choice paper which can be taken on paper or online. Candidates must have prior knowledge in horse handling. This unit tests the candidate’s knowledge on;

  1. Animal Welfare Legislations
  2. Horse health, food, rest and water
  3. Loading and unloading (including area suitability)
  4. Planning a journey of over 8 hours
  5. Health and safety regulations & Ability to identify & minimise risk
  6. Vehicle travel compartments & Use of fittings & partitions.
  7. Ascertaining the safety and suitability of the vehicle

Unit 2

Unit 2 is the first of two practical assessments - the candidate will be asked to demonstrate their ability to:

  1. Prepare horses for transport; apply travel clothing correctly, fit and use a head collar and bridle, lead a horse in hand and check horse to ensure they are fit to travel
  2. Load, secure & unload horses; Positioning ramp ready for loading and unloading; load horses, secure horse and partition, lift ramp and secure. The candidate will then be asked to unload the horses safely, check horses for injury and take (or explain) the correct action if required, hand horses over to the entitled person or secure in stabling/accommodation if necessary
  3. Ensuring the horse is competently and safely cared for during transport with welfare and safety in mind.

Unit 3

This is the last unit, and second practical assessment where you will be asked to drive the transport vehicle. Candidates must show the assessor that they are competent in all areas of Units 1 & 2, the candidate must demonstrate that they can safely handle and care for the horse in practise as well as in theory. The candidate will be asked to practically demonstrate;

  1. Driving a vehicle transporting horses; you will need to drive the vehicle to the agreed collection point, park the vehicle in a safe place for loading. The candidate will then be asked to manoeuver the vehicle in a safe manor with consideration to the surroundings, drive to a further agreed destination and again park the vehicle ready for safe unloading.
  2. Safe handling and care of the horse to a good standard demonstrating consideration of safety and welfare.

How do you prepare for your training and test?

Prior to your appointed training day, LOC will provide you with course material on the ACET syllabus and you will be expected to have a basic knowledge on the course content and what is required from you. We’ll also chat through your current experience and background so that we can understand how you will benefit from the training and what aspects you may need assistance with.

Register your interest today!

If you would like to take the ACET training and Exam through LOC Ltd, then contact us today for dates and availability and to book your space on a course. Dependant on demand we try to run a couple of one day courses each month and we have a minimum of 6 candidates per course, so if you think any of your colleagues or friends would benefit from this course then why not enrol them too!

Course Cost: £135

One day course including on-site training, the test fee, use of equipment, horse and vehicle. We are based in Rusper, just 10 mins outside of Dorking and approximately 20 minutes from Gatwick airport.

If you would like some more information or to apply for a course, please complete the Application Form below and contact LOC International Horse Transport by phone on 01293 871877 / 01306 710 100 or alternatively by email on

Advanced Certificate in Equine Transport (ACET) LOC Training Application Form
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