Offering Info

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

  • National Course Code: RGR30218
  • TAFE NSW code: RGR30218-02V01-21RMD-102

Location – Richmond

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

19 Apr 2021

Study Commitment

33.8 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:

  • You must be physically fit to work around large animals, Complete the Adult pre screening fitness form

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Attend your class/s each day TAFE and have a 'can do attitude'.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Full time course. You will need to attend 37.5 hours a week, 5 days a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12.8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, work experience and research.


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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled 5 days a week. 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 your own riding boots, long pants, sleeved shirt, cap, if you wish to use your own helmut bring to class/s.


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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


Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

A Unique Student Identifier is required prior to enrolment. To apply for your USI visit if you cannot remember your USI or if you have forgotten you have one, please visit the USI Website for assistance in retrieving your USI.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
RGRPSH202 Assist with transportation of horses
RGRCMN203 Comply with racing industry ethics and integrity
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
RGRPSH201 Handle racehorses in stables and at trackwork
RGRPSH304 Identify factors that affect racehorse fitness and suitability to race
RGRPSH309 Implement feeding programs for racehorses under direction
RGRPSH301 Implement stable operations
ACMEQU208 Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses
RGRPSH303 Organise and oversee transportation of horses
RGRPSH207 Perform racing stable duties
RGRPSH308 Provide first aid and emergency care for horses or other equines
RGRPSH211 Work effectively in the horse racing industry
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
RGRPSH209 Attend horses at race meetings and trials
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
RGRPSH205 Perform basic riding skills in the racing industry
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
SISXEMR001 Respond to emergency situations
RGRPSH302 Supervise handling of horses

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

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Course Location

Cnr Blacktown & Campus Drive, Richmond
Phone 131 601

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