Equine Transport License Course

ATTENTION: We are not yet aware of the implications that Brexit will have on current legislation and so are continuing to train under the existing system during the transition period.  

Current Training & Exam Dates  - We do not have dates confirmed yet for 2021. Please download the application form and return without payment. 

The next course date is to be confirmed  and is subject to sufficient demand (minimum of 6 people).  

Closing dates for applications:TBC


Please call 045 522468 for further information or email: training@racingacademy.ie

Jan 2012 update
The first people to secure certificates of competence in Equine Transport were in October 2007 and as such their certificates will expired in 2012. The Department of Agriculture, who now administer the certificates for this qualification, will automatically re-issue certificates as they expire. Certificates will be posted to the address where the original certificate was posted.

If you have had a change of address, or have any questions in relation to this please contact the Transport Section of the Department of Agriculture directly on 01 5058881.

Currently if you hold a certificate, you are not required to attend this course again after ten years. If your certificate is expired, please contact the Department of Agriculture for renewal.   

No, only those transporting horses’ distances of over 65kms and in relation to economic activity need the certificate. 

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.


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%
20+ 15%

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 have now extended this to tenyears. Anyone who was given a certificate valid for five years will automatically have their certificate re-issued for another five years.

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. 

No, but you may be required to prove that the journey is not in relation to an economic activity. 

Yes you can. 

According to the regulation you cannot transport a mare for whom more than 90% of her pregnancy has passed.

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