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What is the Certificate in Equine Business Management?

The University of Guelph’s continuing education Certificate in Equine Business Management is comprised of six 12-week long online courses; five core courses and one elective. Courses are offered on a rotating basis in January, May and September of each year.

Who is it for?

Those interested in working in the business and management aspects of the equine industry, as well as anyone thinking about turning a hobby into a business would benefit from these courses. Students must either be at least 18 years of age, or have completed Grade 12 or equivalent in order to register for the courses. Students who have completed or are currently registered in the Equine Science Certificate or Diploma in Equine Studies programs may opt to continue their studies in order to earn the Certificate in Equine Business Management as well.

Benefits from completing courses and/or the certificate:

See the way successful horse businesses are run by professionals.
Do your own business plan and risk assessments.
Learn the tools of a successful business in the equine industry.
Understand the skills needed to be an entrepreneur.
Be able to start your own business from a comprehensive business plan

What is the Cost and what do I get?

The Early Bird tuition for each course is $495.00 CAD, (up to one month before the course start date) and Regular tuition is $549.00 CAD (within one month of the course start date). The tuition fee includes course materials shipped to your door, access to a virtual classroom via the internet, networking opportunities with other students and your instructors, access to instructors and guest speakers from the industry throughout the course, and the chance to develop new friendships worldwide.

What do I need in order to do this?

You will need access to the internet. Each course will require a minimum of 10 – 14 hours a week, of which about half that time will be spent online to take part in class discussions, online quizzes, reading the guest speaker, instructor and student postings and submitting assignments. The rest of the time will be spent completing the learning activities. Activities range from assigned readings to watching a course CD or DVD, to going to the barn to complete a hands-on activity or interviewing an equine professional. Once you have successfully completed all 6 courses, simply apply for the certificate.

The University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is one of Canada's top comprehensive universities. We are a fully accredited public university in Canada offering a wide range of programs. To find out more about the University of Guelph visit our website

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