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Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand) (Thoroughbred): Traineeship Pathway

TAFE NSW Course Number: RGR30208-02V04
National Course Code: RGR30208
NSW Wide
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Full Fee: $8,560
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,620

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  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

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If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at Western Sydney Institute.

This qualification reflects the role of persons who work independently with limited supervision in a range of areas across a defined range of skills where they are required to use judgement, interpret information, apply solutions to various problems and be responsible for their own outputs.

An advanced stablehand (sometimes referred to as stable foreman) is a person who is in charge of daily operations in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable. In a harness racing stable the stablehand cares for standardbred horses. In a thoroughbred racing stable the stablehand cares for thoroughbreds. The advanced stablehand works to the delegated instructions of a trainer who has overall responsibility for the enterprise. There is a degree of autonomy within the delegation, for example an advanced stablehand is permitted under the rules of racing to act for the trainer on race days and when operating as a foreman in the stable environment directs and coordinates one or more stablehands.

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 (Advanced 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.'

Pathways into the qualification
RGR20108 Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand)

Licensing considerations
This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration in some states and territories. Refer to your state or territory Principal Racing Authority for advice.

Australian Apprenticeships
This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Other information

This qualification is delivered on the job as a traineeship. No classroom based attendance required. Our Workplace Trainers and Assessors deliver the training face to face in the workplace.

For all enquiries please contact Karlene Triffitt, Head Teacher on 02 4570 9202 or Kim Williams on 02 4570 9041 at the Australian Racing & Equine Academy at TAFE NSW Richmond.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

Advanced Stablehand for a thoroughbred racing stable.

Pathways into the qualification
RGR20108 Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand)

HLTFA301B Apply first aid
RGRCMN202A Achieve requirements for industry induction
RGRPSH208A Attend horses at trackwork
RGRPSH306A Develop basic trackwork riding skills
HLTFA301C Apply first aid
RGRPSH201A Handle horses
RGRPSH209A Attend horses at race meetings and trials
RGRPSH308A Provide first aid and emergency care for horses
PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace
RGRPSH202A Assist with transportation of horses
RGRPSH301A Implement stable operations
RGRPSH309A Implement feeding programs for racehorses under direction
BSBITU203A Communicate electronically
RGRCMN003A Manage personal health and fitness
RGRPSH206A Develop riding skills for flatwork
RGRPSH303A Supervise transportation of horses
SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations
CPPSEC3004A Lead small teams in the security industry
RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices
RGRPSH207A Perform stable duties
RGRPSH304A Identify factors that affect racehorse performance
SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict
RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols
RGRPSH205A Perform basic riding tasks
RGRPSH302A Supervise handling of horses
RGRPSH420A Participate in implementing racehorse exercise programs

The above list includes units being offered at this campus and that are required to complete this qualification. Other colleges may offer different elective options. For some courses the electives will not be listed however they will be discussed during your first class. Please see for the full list of elective units available within this course.

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 870 for further information and advice.

First qualification$2,190
Second qualification$2,620
Non-government subsidised fee$8,560

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

When enrolling under a Smart and Skilled entitlement and where you are eligible for 100% credit from previous studies, your student fee contribution will be zero. However, you will be required to pay an administration fee for the production of your testamur.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Start Date: Enrol anytime


To enquire about this course, please use the Enquire option.

Please also contact Karlene Triffitt, Head Teacher on 02 4570 9202 or Kim Williams on 02 4570 9041 at the Australian Racing & Equine Academy at , TAFE NSW Richmond - Western Sydney Institute.

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 assistance, contact the WSI Service Centre on 131 870 to enrol.