Course Info

Certificate II in Racing Industry (This is a general qualification related to conditions operating in the thoroughbred code)

National Course Code: RGR20218


The nationally accredited Certificate II in Racing Industry will put you on the fast track to a career in the horse racing industry. Learn the foundation skills you need to safely handle horses during feeding, grooming, and exercising and start your career in breeding, training or racing stables.


Through hands-on practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Exercise and ride horses
  • Provide first aid to horses
  • Clean and muck out stables
  • Maintain equipment such as horse riding tack
  • Manage early morning starts


Develop the skills needed to get employed in the racing industry:

  • Reliability
  • Time management
  • Empathy and enthusiasm
  • Attention to detail
  • Collaboration and teamwork


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • Strong links with industry and employers
  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • A strong foundation to continue your equine studies


Expand your skills and knowledge with these Certificate III courses:

  • Certificate III in Horse Breeding
  • Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand)
  • Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)
  • Certificate III in Performance Horse

Take your studies to the next level with:

  • Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)


The thoroughbred racing industry is one of the oldest and most lucrative industries in Australia, worth about $9 billion. Providing more than 70,000 jobs nationally, there is an ongoing need for employees to be skilled to industry standards. An entry level qualification is a great stepping stone into the varied careers on offer in this evolving industry.


This course is currently available at 1 campus location across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry:

  • Enjoy early morning starts and working outdoors
  • Love working with horses and have an interest in animal welfare
  • Have an interest in the racing industry
  • Are observant with great attention to detail
  • Are collaborative and enjoy working as part of a team
  • Are reliable and hard working

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills need further development.

In this course you will undertake:

  • Knowledge Assessments - quizzes, written assessments, workbooks
  • Practical Assessments - horse handling, caring for equipment, demonstrating skills

The Certificate II is an entry level qualification where you will learn the foundational skills you need for success in the Certificate III. It is the starting point for a career in the racing industry and it is presumed that you have no prior industry knowledge.

The RGR30208 Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand) is where youll gain all your underpinning experience and stablehand skills. It provides real world exposure where youll apply what youre learning in simulated environments and practice your skills at an intermediate level.

The RGR40108 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) (Thoroughbred) will help you will build on your passion, skill and experience with thoroughbred horses, and horse-racing. You will develop a sound understanding of how the training and racing industry operates. Your knowledge will extend to management and supervisory skills including managing staff, finances, budgets, equipment and animals.

There are lots of opportunities to be race ready when you study the Certificate II in Racing Industry (Stablehand).

Alongside visiting a working stable, an equine veterinary clinic and a horse stud, you will also have the chance to dress up in your best for a full day out at the races. Take a behind the scenes tour of racing facilities, stables and racetracks and get to meet people working in the horse industry who will give you valuable industry insights.

Other excursions could include attending yearling sales, races, morning track work and visiting stud breeding farms.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Handling horses
  • Grooming horses
  • Feeding horses
  • Loading horses onto floats
  • Exercising horses
  • Cleaning stables
  • Providing first aid to horses
  • Riding horses
  • Maintaining equipment such as horse riding tack

If you are studying the Racing Industry, Stable hand or Stud hand version of this course, you will have lots of interaction with horses.

At your TAFE NSW campus you will care for horses in stables, clean stables and prepare bedding, prepare feeds, feed horses, groom, wash, rug, tack and care for horses at the facility.

If completing the riding subjects, you will exercise and ride horses at a walk, trot and canter.

Our TAFE NSW campuses offer extensive horse facilities that simulate an equine workplace. These include:

  • Stables
  • Arenas
  • Yards
  • Racetracks
  • Paddocks
  • Horses

From working on breeding studs right through to the racetrack, workers are needed to care for horses. There are lots of job opportunities for stablehands in the industry.

The thoroughbred racing industry is one of Australias oldest and most lucrative, worth over $9 billion. With the industry providing more than 70,000 jobs nationally, there is a need for skilled employees to ensure racing develops and prospers.

As an entry level qualification, this course is a great stepping stone into varied careers in the industry, from caring for the horses, to the management and administration of facilities, to working in the areas of breeding, training, sales and racing.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • Full Time

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Richmond: Full Time

  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,340.00
  • Start Date: 12 Jul 2021
  • Duration: 18 Weeks

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