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Register by following these easy steps:

  1. Review the website for program information
  2. Contact us if you have any remaining questions
  3. Select your course from the list of courses available at our Upcoming Courses and Events page
  4. Complete your registration using our safe online registration system

Current course schedule is located on the schedule link

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Online Registration Forms

Registration for the Winter 2017 courses begins in October. Add your name to the Contact List and we’ll send you a note as soon as registration opens.

Find your course on the Upcoming Courses and Events page for the detailed course description and textbook requirements.

Course Fees

Students register in one course at a time. We do not recommend you register in more than one course per semester.

We do not encourage students to take Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy, Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition and Advanced Equine Behaviour combined with any other courses during a semester. The advanced equine courses require you to conduct research using the University of Guelph library and may take 15 – 20 hours during some weeks of the course.

Registration Fee varies per course. Registration fees begin at $495.00 Cdn. There are no international student fees applied to these courses. We aim to provide accurate pricing information on this website to assist students in choosing course but should there be a discrepancy in pricing from this website to the online registration form, the online registration form will be considered the correct price.

Additional Fees

Students are required to purchase their own textbook. You will need a computer and access to the internet. Some courses will require you to purchase items to complete a horse health check (stethoscope, stopwatch, thermometer). These are not supplied as part of the course registration.

Some courses have additional student materials which will be sent to you before the start of the class and are included in the registration fee.

Time Requirements

Your online course can require a minimum of 6 to 10 hours per course, per week, on course work and assignments. Our online courses are considered a university-level program, and as such, the course content, expectations and requirements are aligned with such a program.

Each course will vary in its requirements and you should review the detailed course information page for each course to clarify the course expectations and requirements.

To get the most from your course you will need access to your course a minimum of three times a week.

Each online course is 12 weeks in length. They are facilitated by an instructor. Not all courses are offered every semester please refer to the course schedule to assist you in planning your course of studies.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of 18 years of age or high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Students who are 17 years of age and are currently in grade 12 may register for the Management of the Equine Environment course.

The equine science courses at the University of Guelph are open learning continuing education courses and you do not have to apply and be accepted into any of the certificate or diploma programs to take one of the courses.

If you are interested in only one of the courses we offer, you are welcome to register in a single course. Take one or two courses, or work toward your certificate. The equine certificate and diploma program is designed to be flexible and meet your learning needs.

Have you completed courses at another university or college in Equine Studies?

We will accept equine courses successfully completed at another college or university provided you completed the course successfully and the content aligns with our courses.

You may request a review of your courses by contacting the Manager, Program Development at Open Learning and Educational Support, University of Guelph. You will be required to submit an official transcript and a course outline.

There is a maximum number of courses which can be credited to our certificate and diploma programs.

Do you have questions about registering?

Visit our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page

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