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Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

  • National Course Code: RGR30518
  • TAFE NSW code: RGR30518-01V01-21RMD-211

Location – Richmond


Full Time


On campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

30 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) 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

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:

  • Completion of a form that states you can walk, trot, and canter a horse. In this form, you need to provide contact details for a referee who can confirm your riding ability
  • Completion of 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. In addition to meeting the above requirements, 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.


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 have:

  • A passion for working with horses and commitment to their welfare
  • A love for the outdoors and enjoyment of rising early for racing duties
  • Intermediate level of fitness to manage physical demands
  • Advanced horse-riding experience to exercise racehorses at various paces
  • The ability 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 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:

  • to attend to participate in trackwork riding class/s.


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 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.

This course willl commence with 3 x units via ONLINE /Moodle. No Attendance required at Richmond College for the first 2 weeks of this course
You will be provided a Timetable for Face to Face class/s commencing in August at the Orientation Session on 12 July 2021.

TAFE NSW RICHMOND is located 17 kilometres from the M7. Take the Richmond Road exit. Or, take a train to East Richmond station and then a pleasant 20 minute walk down Bourke Street, then College Drive and through the WSU gates. Turn left at the sign into Richmond TAFE.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • want to obtain skills to ride trackwork inlarge STABLES


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:
LLN, RU Ready screening, counsellor if required, Library services and 'Smart Thinking' for help with written assessments outside of working hours

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 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 for yourself the following resources if attending riding classes:

  • Riding boots for working with horses and riding horses
  • Long pants
  • Sleeved shirt
  • Cap or you can use your own riding helmet, bring this to class


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.

Elective Units
Number Title
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
RGRPSH209 Attend horses at race meetings and trials
RGRCMN203 Comply with racing industry ethics and integrity
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
RGRPSH306 Develop basic trackwork riding skills
RGRPSH307 Exercise horses in pacework
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
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
RGRPSH205 Perform basic riding skills in the racing industry
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
RGRPSH308 Provide first aid and emergency care for horses or other equines
RGRPSH404 Ride horses at trackwork
RGRPSH302 Supervise handling of horses
RGRPSH211 Work effectively in the horse racing industry

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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