Racing NSW, TAFE NSW Western Sydney

Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) (Harness)

TAFE NSW Course Number: RGR20108R2-01V01
National Course Code: RGR20108
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Full Fee: $4,350
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,340

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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 employees who work under supervision and in known routines but with a defined amount of responsibility and limited judgement. A stablehand is a person who is employed in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable and whose prime function is to care for the animals and to meet their individual needs of feeding, grooming, exercising and transporting; as well as keeping the environment safe, clean and hygienic. In a harness racing stable the stablehand cares for standardbred horses. In a thoroughbred racing stable the stablehand cares for thoroughbreds. The stablehand works under the direction of a trainer or stable supervisor but is also able to act autonomously in certain situations requiring solutions to a limited range of problems or working as part of a team.
It should be noted that duties involve caring for highly-strung, expensive animals that can easily injure themselves or their handlers. There is therefore a degree of responsibility as well as a duty of care involved in the work. There will be occasions when a stablehand will be in sole charge of an animal in situations where a danger exists to the animal, the handler or the general public, such as unloading from a float or leading on a racecourse.
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 II 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.'

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.

Other information

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 Richmond College, TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute.

This course is for trainees working in a racing stable in NSW. To develop skills to apply for the Stablehand job within the Racing Industry.

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.

Pathways into the qualification:
RGR10108 Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand)
This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

BSBITU203A Communicate electronically
RGRCMN003A Manage personal health and fitness
RGRPSH206A Develop riding skills for flatwork
RGRCMN002A Investigate job opportunities in racing and related industries
RGRPSH205A Perform basic riding tasks
PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace
RGRPSH201A Handle horses
RGRPSH209A Attend horses at race meetings and trials
HLTFA301C Apply first aid
RGRCMN202A Achieve requirements for industry induction
RGRPSH208A Attend horses at trackwork
HLTFA301B Apply first aid
RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices
RGRPSH207A Perform stable duties
RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols
RGRPSH202A Assist with transportation of horses

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$1,120
Second qualification$1,340
Non-government subsidised fee$4,350

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


This program is for trainees working in the racing industry and is on-the-job supported by workplace assessment.

To register your interest click on the Apply Now button below or Contact Karlene Triffitt, Head Teacher on 02 4570 9202 or Kim Williams on 02 4570 9041 at the Australian Racing & Equine Academy at Richmond College, TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute.