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

  • National Course Code: RGR30218
  • TAFE NSW code: RGR30218-02V01-20RMD-201

Location – Richmond

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

35.3 Hours per week


36 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) will ensure you are a front runner in the racing industry. Take your love of horses and early morning starts and learn to manage the daily operations of a harness or thoroughbred racing stable.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Understand how the horse racing industry operates
  • Effectively treat and train animals
  • Groom and handle horses and supervise others to groom and handle horses
  • Implement horse feeding programs
  • Load horses onto floats and transport them to the racetracks
  • Implement fitness regimes for horses
  • Implement stable operations


Develop the personal qualities that will help you get ahead:

  • Time management, reliability and flexibility
  • Strong communication skills
  • Collaboration and working as part of a team
  • Empathy and a love of horses


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong foundation to continue your equine studies


Specialise your skills and expand your industry knowledge with the Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer). This course will build your experience with thoroughbred horses and horse racing.

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Senior stablehand
  • Stable foreman


Thoroughbred racing is one of Australia's oldest and most lucrative industries with a worth of $9 billion. The industry provides more than 70,000 jobs nationally and has an ongoing need for employees to be skilled to current industry standards and ensure the industry remains strong and prosperous.

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.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

  • Do a pre-screening fitness assessment. This is a practical course and you will undertake the physical tasks required in horse handling, including horse riding and manual stable duties. To prepare you for success we use an industry developed fitness pre-screening tool which will assess your ability to do these physical tasks.

  • Provide your own personal protective equipment including:

    • Riding helmet, gloves and riding boots
    • Safety boots for handling
    • Full-length trousers and sleeved shirts
    • Body protector or vest
    • High visibility reflective clothing


There are occupational licensing or registration requirements that apply to this qualification in some states and territories. For the most up-to-date requirements, check with the relevant Principal Racing Authority.


This course includes a mandatory work placement of one day per week. Depending on your preferred campus location you may be required to organise your placement at a local racing stable, or our team may be able arrange this for you. Contact us to discuss your options before enrolling.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • A love of the great outdoors and early morning starts
  • The capability to undertake the physical tasks associated with working with horses
  • The ability to follow directions
  • Intermediate reading and writing skills
  • The capability to supervise and co-ordinate staff

If you need support in preparation 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 be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • a trainee, employed in industry
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Contract with your employer
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified Stablehand.

To be able to successfully complete this course, you will need to be employed in industry and have a Training Contract with your employer.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Flexible Blended course. You will need to attend 2-3 days a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 23.8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 11.6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, work experience and research.

If Riding Elective package is chosen THEN Trainees are to attend Wednesday to Friday mornings at Richmond TAFE from 9 am to 12 pm for riding classes.

These attendance times are required attendance, can be flexible to meet commitments of workplace.

A discussion with workplace supervisors and TAFE teacher at the first workplace visit to discuss/ agree on 'release times' from work for Trainee to attend at Richmond TAFE.


This course offering is designed for people who want to learn basic to intermediate skill to work in the Racing Industry.


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

  • Learning Support
  • Vocational Counselling
  • RU Ready screening

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

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 9 am. 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 Personal Protective Equipment which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • riding helmet
  • riding gloves
  • appropriate footwear such as riding boots for riding, safety boots for handling
  • appropriate clothing such as full-length trousers and sleeved shirts
  • appropriate body protectors or vests
  • high visibility reflective clothing where required


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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

Before you can start a traineeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
ACMEQU208 Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
RGRCMN203 Comply with racing industry ethics and integrity
RGRPSH201 Handle racehorses in stables and at trackwork
RGRPSH202 Assist with transportation of horses
RGRPSH207 Perform racing stable duties
RGRPSH211 Work effectively in the horse racing industry
RGRPSH301 Implement stable operations
RGRPSH303 Organise and oversee transportation of horses
RGRPSH304 Identify factors that affect racehorse fitness and suitability to race
RGRPSH308 Provide first aid and emergency care for horses or other equines
RGRPSH309 Implement feeding programs for racehorses under direction
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
RGRPSH205 Perform basic riding skills in the racing industry
RGRPSH209 Attend horses at race meetings and trials
RGRPSH302 Supervise handling of horses
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.

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Course Location

Cnr Blacktown & Campus Drive, Richmond
Phone 131 601

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