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Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

  • National Course Code: RGR30518
  • TAFE NSW code: RGR30518-01V01-20RMD-203

Location – Richmond

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

33.5 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 (Trackwork Rider) gives you the skills and knowledge to work as a trackwork rider in the thoroughbred racing industry. Learn to handle, assess and ride racehorses, liaise with trainers, and help with stable operations in this hands-on course.


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

  • Ride trackwork including pace work
  • Prepare horses for fitness
  • Identify factors that affect racehorse fitness and suitability to race
  • Apply first aid to horses
  • Comply with racing industry ethics and integrity
  • Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • 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
  • Good communication skills


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Eligibility to apply for a trackwork rider licence

Career opportunities:

  • Trackwork rider


This is the highest TAFE NSW qualification available for racing.

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Australia has one of the strongest racing industries 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.

The Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) will prepare you for a career as a qualified trackwork.

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 must:

  • Complete a form that states you are able to walk, trot, and canter a horse. In this form, you need to provide contact details for a referee who can confirm your riding ability
  • Complete a fitness pre-screening assessment form. This assessment has been developed by the equine industry to assess your physical suitability for trackwork rider roles, which include manual stable duties, horse handling and horse riding

Note: Both forms will be provided to you on enquiry. If you are assessed not to have the skills or fitness required for this course, our teaching staff will help you find a more suitable option.


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) as a traineeship. To be eligible for this course as a trainee, you must:

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

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration as a trackwork rider in some states and territories.

Please check with the relevant Principal Racing Authority for more information.


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

  • Are an early riser and enjoy early morning work shifts
  • Have advanced horse riding experience to exercise racehorses at various paces
  • Have the skills to work independently with horses

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 be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that your application process was completed and have teacher interview.

To successfully complete this course, you will need LLN Proficiency of 3-4.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Full Time Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 30 hours of class for 36 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 3.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours including research assignment preparation.


The target group is individuals who want to work in the Performance horse industry in job roles such as stable hand, stud hand, groom or strapper. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification and there are no entry requirements.


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

RU Ready booked session for students to attend

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 on Monday to Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm and Thursday to Friday from 9 am to 12 pm. 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 if attending riding classes:

  • Riding/Safe boots for working with horses and riding horses
  • Long pants
  • Sleeved shirt


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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.

Elective Units
Number Title
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU208 Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
RGRCMN203 Comply with racing industry ethics and integrity
RGRPSH201 Handle racehorses in stables and at trackwork
RGRPSH205 Perform basic riding skills in the racing industry
RGRPSH209 Attend horses at race meetings and trials
RGRPSH211 Work effectively in the horse racing industry
RGRPSH301 Implement stable operations
RGRPSH302 Supervise handling of horses
RGRPSH304 Identify factors that affect racehorse fitness and suitability to race
RGRPSH306 Develop basic trackwork riding skills
RGRPSH307 Exercise horses in pacework
RGRPSH308 Provide first aid and emergency care for horses or other equines
RGRPSH309 Implement feeding programs for racehorses under direction
RGRPSH404 Ride horses at trackwork

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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