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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 fast track your career in the racing industry as a stablehand and work areas like breeding, training, or racing stables. Learn foundational skills and knowledge to safely handle horses during feeding, grooming and exercising.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Manage early morning starts
  • Effectively communicate in the workplace
  • Identify horse behaviours and read their body language
  • Exercise and ride horses
  • Clean and muck out stables
  • Provide first aid to horses
  • Comply with racing industry ethics and follow safety standards


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A love for working with horses and care for their welfare
  • An interest in learning about the racing industry
  • The ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with others
  • A hard working and reliable attitude
  • Good observation and judgement skills
  • An ethical mindset
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Effective communication skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • Strong links with industry and employers
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Stablehand


Expand your opportunities with these further study options:

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

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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

This course is superseded

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