Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) - RGR30218


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working as a stablehand in charge of daily operations in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable where they care for racehorses.The stablehand works to the delegated instructions of a trainer who has overall responsibility for operations. They work in a stable environment directing and coordinating one or more stablehands or managing operations independently, depending on the size of the stable, and are permitted under the rules of racing to act for the trainer. They are required to work autonomously, use judgement, interpret information, apply solutions to various problems and take responsibility for operations and outputs.This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration in some states and territories. Users are advised to check with the relevant Principal Racing Authority for current requirements. Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to the harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently, when performance criteria are applied they will relate to the harness or thoroughbred code and a Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) must contain a statement as follows:'This qualification was achieved under the conditions operating in the [insert relevant racing code - harness OR thoroughbred] code of the racing industry.'


  • Work effectively in the horse racing industry
  • Perform basic driving tasks
  • Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
  • Respond to emergency situations
  • Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • Provide care and treatment of horses
  • Assist with transportation of horses
  • Determine nutritional requirements for racing horses
  • Identify factors that affect racehorse fitness and suitability to race
  • Attend horses at race meetings and trials
  • Handle horses safely
  • Provide first aid and emergency care for horses or other equines
  • Implement stable operations
  • Manage horse health and welfare
  • Comply with racing industry ethics and integrity
  • Prepare to drive jog work
  • Supervise handling of horses
  • Perform basic riding skills in the racing industry
  • Implement feeding programs for racehorses under direction
  • Transport horses by road
  • Participate in implementing racehorse exercise programs
  • Provide first aid
  • Organise and oversee transportation of horses
  • Perform racing stable duties
  • Provide non-riding exercise to horses
  • Handle racehorses in stables and at trackwork
  • Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses
  • Deal with conflict

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Richmond College No
  • Full-time : 36 weeks

Fee comments

Campuses: Richmond College.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:You must have the following PPE to work with horses: - Long pants (not jeans), long sleeve shirt, riding boots/closed in boots and a hat

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