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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
  • TAFE NSW code: RGR20218-06V01-21RMD-204

Location – Richmond


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

32.5 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

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This course is superseded.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.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


To be eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • Complete a fitness pre-screening assessment. This assessment has been developed by the equine industry to assess your suitability to undertake physical tasks, which include horse handling, riding, and manual stable duties

Note: You will be provided with the pre-screening assessment on enquiry. If you are assessed not to have the fitness required for this course, our teaching staff will help you find a suitable option.


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate II in Racing Industry as a traineeship. In addition to meeting the above requirement, trainees must:

  • Be employed in the racing industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


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

  • A passion for horses and their welfare
  • A love for the outdoors and enjoy rising early for racing duties
  • Your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as riding boots, vests, and a helmet. Helmets and vests are available on campus, but we recommend you purchase your own. Note: budget up to $1,200 to purchase PPE
  • A good level of fitness to manage physical demands bending, lifting, standing, and handling horses
  • The ability to follow directions with a positive, can-do attitude

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you must have a have a good attitude to work.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Thursday, 24 June 2021 9.00 am to 4.00 pm Richmond Campus, Building K, Level G, Room KG.06 - Drop in session


This is a Full Time Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 32.5 hours of class, 3-4 days a week, for 18 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 2.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research and assignments.


This course offering is designed for people who have a genuine love of horses and a 'can do Attitude'


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Counselling Service
  • Library services
  • Smart Thinking (on demand study help for students)

Apply online via TAFENSW website.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday. This course will commence with Online learning via TAFENSW Moodle. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

You must provide your own riding boots, long pants, sleeved shirt to wear to practical class/s. Helmets can be supplied or you can bring your own.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
RGRCMN201 Investigate job opportunities in racing and related industries
RGRCMN203 Comply with racing industry ethics and integrity
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
ACMEQU208 Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
RGRPSH201 Handle racehorses in stables and at trackwork
RGRPSH202 Assist with transportation of horses
RGRPSH205 Perform basic riding skills in the racing industry
RGRPSH207 Perform racing stable duties
RGRPSH211 Work effectively in the horse racing industry
SISXEMR001 Respond to emergency situations

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Cnr Blacktown & Campus Drive, Richmond
Phone 131 601

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