Course Info

Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) This qualification is related to the thoroughbred code of the racing industry

National Course Code: RGR30218


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) lets you bet on your future as a stablehand or strapper in the exciting world of racing. Enjoy a fast-paced work environment where you will work closely with horses to maintain their fitness and ensure they're ready to race.


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

  • Manage your own personal health and fitness
  • Handle horses in stables and on the track
  • Implement feeding programs and stable operations
  • Identify factors that affect the racehorse's fitness and suitability to ride
  • Organise and oversee transportation
  • Provide first aid and emergency care to horses


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A love for horses and a keen interest in their welfare
  • Enthusiasm for the racing industry
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A hard working and reliable attitude with good problem-solving skills
  • A calm nature and high attention to detail
  • An interest in maintaining fitness


Completing this course provides you with:

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

Career opportunities:

  • Stablehand
  • Strapper above


Expand your opportunities with these further study options:

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


Sorry, this course is not currently open for enrolments.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Passion for horses and a keen interest in their welfare
  • An interest in the racing industry
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • A responsible, can do attitude
  • Problem solving skills

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 can expect assessments like:

  • Case studies
  • Practical activities with horses
  • Student workbooks
  • Written questions and assignments

This course, the Certificate III level qualification, is the ideal course for anyone working as a stablehand in charge of daily operations in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable where you care for racehorses. It provides real world exposure where you'll apply what you are learning in real or simulated environments. You will practice your skills at an intermediate level.

The Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) (Thoroughbred) will help you will build on your skills and experience with thoroughbred horses, and horse-racing. You will develop a sound understanding of how the training and racing of horses operates in the industry. 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.

This is a hands-on, practical course and you will have lots of interactions with horses. You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Handling horses and supervising others to handle horses
  • Grooming horses
  • Implementing feeding programs and feeding horses
  • Loading horses onto floats and transporting them to the racetracks
  • Exercising horses
  • Implementing stable operations
  • Providing first aid to horses
  • Riding horses
  • Implementing fitness regimes for horses

You will learn in simulated environments on a TAFE NSW campus and during your one day a week work placement. If you are a trainee you will get your experience at your workplace.

Real world projects include:

  • Preparing horses for racing
  • Transporting them to the tracks
  • Riding and exercising the horses

This course is delivered at TAFE NSW campuses that have horses and horse facilities available that simulate an equine workplace. These include:

  • Stables
  • Arenas
  • Yards
  • Race tracks
  • Paddocks
  • Horses

You will also complete work experience in working stables and racetracks.

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

The thoroughbred racing industry is one of Australia's oldest and most lucrative, with a worth of $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 the facilities, to working in the areas of breeding, training, sales and racing.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

Sorry, this course is not currently open for enrolments

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