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Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

National Course Code: RGR30518


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) will help you 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.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, 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


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A love for horses and a high interest in their welfare
  • Enthusiasm for the racing industry and enjoy working outdoors
  • A calm nature with high attention to detail
  • Flexibility to travel to different racetracks with clients horses
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good communication and problem-solving skills


Completing this course provides you with:

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

Career opportunities:

  • Stablehand
  • Track Rider
  • Jockey


Take your career further with the:

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


Sorry, this course is not currently open for enrolments.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A passion for horses and the racing industry
  • A strong set of morals regarding animal welfare
  • A love of the outdoors
  • The ability to work independently and under supervision
  • Flexibility to travel to different racetracks with client horses
  • Good communication skills

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Written assessments: short answer questions, and case studies
  • Practical assessments: riding assessment at the Hawkesbury Racecourse including slow work, pace work and gallops

Begin your study with a Certificate II in Racing Industry andgain the foundational skills you need to safely handle horses during feeding, grooming, and exercising

Expand your core capabilities and develop high level trackwork skills with a Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider), and learn to exercise, train and assess thoroughbred race horses.

You will have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the equine industry. These excursions include:

  • Attending race meetings
  • Speaking with jockeys who are currently riding in industry to gain advice, and listen to their experiences
  • Visiting Muskoka Farm horse education and export quarantine centre

You will gain hands-on experience:

  • Handling race horses
  • Liaising with horse trainers
  • Preparing horses for fitness
  • Riding
  • Helping with stable operations
  • Analysing horse fitness to race
  • Pace work
  • Applying first aid to horses

TAFE NSW is known for delivering up-to-date theory along with relevant, in-demand skills to ensure you are job ready.

In this course you will work on real-world projects, in simulated TAFE NSW environments, such as:

  • Preparing horses for racing
  • Riding horses in slow work and pace work

TAFE NSW gives you access to specialised racing facilities simulating a real working stable. These may include:

  • Arenas
  • Round yards
  • Wash bays
  • Feed sheds
  • Tack rooms

You will also have access to industry specific computer rooms, studios, study and presentation areas, and the general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

On a per capita basis, Australia has arguably the strongest racing industry in the world, with more racecourses than any other country, and the second largest number of racehorse starters behind the USA.

The economic value of the Australian thoroughbred industry is estimated to exceed $5 billion a year. It employs more than 75,000 people, with around 80% of these jobs in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Australia's thoroughbred industry provides employment for more than 75,000 people, with around 80% of these jobs in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. The industry has an economic value of $5 billion a year, with over 100,000 racehorse owners investing in Australian racing.

The Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) will get you on your way to becoming a qualified trackwork rider, where the demand is always high.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

Sorry, this course is not currently open for enrolments

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