Course moved to online delivery
We have now moved the Certificate of Competence for Transport of Equines course online to allow access during a time when it is not always possible to travel. You must have a completed application form submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to booking a place on the next course date.
Course dates now available
Next course date: Monday, 8th November 2021 (online) - closing date for bookings, 29th October 2021
Download : Transport Course Application Form (Please ensure you complete in full. PRINT IN BLOCK CAPITAL LETTERS. Provide an accurate email and postal address).
Please submit an application form to: email@example.com (once submitted you will receive further details).
If you have completed the training and are awaiting your certificate, note that the certificate is issued by the Department of Agriculture. It can take between 2-3 weeks for the certificate to be issued. If you wish to enquire as to the status of your certificate, please email AnimalWelfareTransport@agriculture.gov.ie
Feb 2021 Update
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have indicated that processing times for Certificate of Competence is taking 2/3 weeks. RACE have no control over the processing of certificates as you will be certified by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. RACE will provide you with evidence that you have completed the course & exam and the IRTA and HRI have been made aware of the delay and potential implications for those travelling to Cheltenham.
Jan 2021 Update
Change to renewal for Irish Certificate of Competence
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have confirmed a change to policy which will require all holders of the Certificate of Competence for Equine Transport, to repeat training in advance of certificate renewal after a ten year period. The requirement for repeating training starts with immediate effect and applies for all renewals.
Updates following Brexit
Certificate of Competence for Equine Transport update following Brexit:
- The certificate of competence (CoC) for Equine Transport is the qualification that is currently offered by RACE and certified by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The certificate covers the transport of equines within the EU. The holder of an Irish certificate of competence can write to the APHA in the UK with a copy of their cert and request a UK copy be issued for them in the same species. However please note that the APHA have confirmed that drivers and attendants must hold the CoC in the UK, unlike the EU, were one certified person on board is accepted.
Other Equine Transport updates following Brexit:
- For further information on transiting through GB to other locations: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transiting-animals-and-animal-products-through-great-britain
- A good link an overview of information, which they will aim to keep updated - 'The UK has now left the EU: Racing Industry Guidance': https://www.britishhorseracing.com/regulation/brexit/
- The UK Government has published guidance on the process for importing and exporting horses to and from the EU via its Border Operating Model. There are specific sections which cover importing horses to the UK from the EU and exporting horses to the EU from the UK. This Border Operating Model guidance represents the most up-to-date information on these processes and will be updated as and when new information becomes available. The guidance applies to both permanent and temporary imports and exports. Thoroughbred horses are all considered as 'registered' in relation to this documentation/ legislation.
- APHA have also provided this link for further information: https://www.gov.uk/animal-welfare#animal-welfare-during-transport
Contact details for relevant UK bodies:
- APHA in GB: CITCarlisle@apha.gov.uk
- DAERA in NI:https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/contact
ATTENTION: The qualification is an EU qualification, concerned with transporting horses within the EU and therefore no longer covers the transport of horses in the UK (not including Northern Ireland for Irish residents). We will include updates in relation to various aspects of transporting horses between Ireland and the UK where possible as part of the course and provide links to where up to date information can be found.
If you have any questions that are outside the remit of the Certificate of Competence course, please contact the Transport Section of the Department of Agriculture directly on 01 5058881.
No, only those transporting horses’ distances of over 65kms and in relation to economic activity need the certificate.
Does everyone transporting horses over 65kms in relation to economic activity need to have a certificate of competence?
No, this requirement does not apply to one person transporting one horse, or two people transporting two horses, using a horsebox and vehicle, where the welfare of the horses is the responsibility of those people.
No, legislation requires only one certified competent person per vehicle.
This qualification is required under legislation for those transporting horses in connection with economic activity only. If you are transporting horses to compete as a professional then you are required to hold a certificate. If competing is a hobby then you may in some circumstances (travelling overseas) be required to prove that this is the case.
If a veterinarian tells me to transport my horse to a veterinary practice or clinic do I have to be certified?
No, you may need the certificate even if you are only transporting horses for yourself, as this may still be for economic activity and distances of over 65kms.
1. Check locations and dates available, choose location and date of course/exam and download application form (www.agriculture.gov.ie/animaltransport)
2. Send application form with choice of location and money to RACE
3. Receive confirmation of exam date, location and workbook from RACE
4. Read through information and workbook
5. Attend Training Course and sit a 30 question multiple choice exam (combined total of approx 2 hours)
6. Receive notification and certification from Department of Agriculture (01 607 2706) if successful
The cost is €150 for the course and exam, to include registration, workbook, exam, corrections, certification, regardless of location
Yes. The following discounts apply for group bookings :
5 to 9 people 5%
10 to 19 people 10%
The content of the exam is based around the new legislation, when you apply for the qualification you will be sent a workbook which summarises this information for you.
A combined total of approximately 2 hours
Yes, tests can be taken again by arrangement with RACE.
Although it was originally valid for five year, the Department of Agriculture after a number of years extended it to ten years. In 2020/2021 the decision was made to require certificate holders to repeat training prior to certificate renewal to align with the standard requirements for other species.
No, a mare and foal may be considered as a single unit.
Arrangements can be made for a reader to be available at exams held at RACE, advance notice to RACE is essential.
Arrangements can be made for the questions to be read for you in English for exams held at RACE if you cannot read English, but you must be able to understand the questions and course material to successfully complete the exam, advance notice to RACE is essential.
If I am travelling overseas, but not in relation to an economic activity do I have to have a certificate of competence?
No, but you may be required to prove that the journey is not in relation to an economic activity.
Can I transport my registered mare and her foal from where she foaled to an alternative location (eg back to my home place) if the foal has a wet navel or is not seven days old?
Yes you can.
Can I transport my in foal mare to the ‘Mare in Foal' Sales if more than 90% of her pregnancy has passed?
According to the regulation you cannot transport a mare for whom more than 90% of her pregnancy has passed.