National code: RGR30518

Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

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Overview About this course

Beat the odds and embark on a fast-paced career in the racing industry as a trackwork rider. You’ll take the reigns and learn to care for and work horses, liaise with trainers and assist with stable operations.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Prepare horses for fitness
    • Identify factors that affect racehorse fitness and suitability to race
    • Attend horses at race meetings and trials
    • Ride and exercise horses in pace work
    • Apply first aid to horses

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • Prepare horses for racing - implement feeding programs and build horses fitness through exercise
    • Ride and exercise horses at various paces - walking, trotting, canter, half-pace, three-quarter pace and even-time
    • Liaise with trainers about the horse's fitness and performance
    • Attend race meetings
    • Visit Muskoka Farm horse education and export quarantine centre
    • Build a strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
    • Create strong links with industry and employers

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

  • You must complete a form that states you are able to walk, trot, and canter a horse. In this form, you need to provide contact details for a referee who can confirm your riding ability

  • You must complete a fitness pre-screening assessment form. This assessment has been developed by the equine industry to assess your physical suitability for trackwork rider roles, which include manual stable duties, horse handling and horse riding

  • Note: Both forms will be provided to you on enquiry. If you are assessed not to have the skills or fitness required for this course, our teaching staff will help you find a more suitable option.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A passion for working with horses and commitment to their welfare

  • A love for the outdoors and enjoyment of rising early for racing duties

  • Intermediate level of fitness to manage physical demands

  • Advanced horse-riding experience to exercise racehorses at various paces

  • The ability to work independently with horses

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Stable hand, Track Rider and Jockey


This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration as a trackwork rider in some states and territories. Please check with the relevant Principal Racing Authority for more information.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 18 Units of competency, including 11 core and 7 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Ride horses at trackwork RGRPSH404

  • Develop basic trackwork riding skills RGRPSH306

  • Exercise horses in pacework RGRPSH307

  • Identify factors that affect racehorse fitness and suitability to race RGRPSH304

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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