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Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) (Thoroughbred)

National Course Code: RGR40108

TAFE NSW Course Number: RGR40108-02V03

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Full Fee: $7,880
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $3,240

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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 independently employed persons who are responsible for organising their own work as well as leading others and planning for and carrying out tasks of complex and non-routine functions.

A racehorse trainer is a person who is licensed to operate a business that trains horses under racing industry regulated licensing criteria for the purpose of competing in industry-regulated events. The trainer is responsible for the care, maintenance and racing performance of the animals. A trainer at this level has developed a sound knowledge of all aspects of the industry and has acquired competencies that enable performance of all tasks and duties associated with running a racing establishment, including managing staff, finances and equipment. The trainer is required to solve unpredictable problems by the analysis and evaluation of information and demonstrate broad knowledge in a variety of contexts. Knowledge of industry rules and legal procedures is essential.

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 IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) 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.'

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.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

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.

To undertake this qualification the candidate will have extensive industry-relevant experience in the care, welfare and management of horses. Before commencing this qualification, candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have the appropriate skills and knowledge commensurate with RGR30208 Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand).

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.

Racehorse trainer for a harness racing stable.

Pathways into the qualification
RGR30108 Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider)

RGRCMN402A Participate in media interviews for racing
RGRPSH417A Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals
RGRPSH503A Trial and race horses
BSBITU203A Communicate electronically
RGRPSH301A Implement stable operations
RGRPSH420A Participate in implementing racehorse exercise programs
RGRPSH504A Develop systems and records for horse racing business training operations
PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace
RGRPSH401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of horses
RGRPSH422A Promote and maintain business arrangements with racehorse owners
RGRTRK402A Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditions
BSBSMB407A Manage a small team
RGRPSH302A Supervise handling of horses
RGRPSH421A Operate horse racing training business
RGRPSH505A Select horses for racing
RGRCMN401A Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practices
RGRPSH409A Determine nutritional requirements for racing horses
RGRPSH502A Plan and implement education of horses for racing
RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols
RGRPSH408A Manage horse health and welfare
RGRPSH501A Plan and adapt training and conditioning programs for racehorses
SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict

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 www.tafensw.edu.au 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$2,770
Second qualification$3,240
Non-government subsidised fee$7,880

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.

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

Start Date: Enrol anytime


To enrol in this course please contact our office at The Australian Racing And Equine Academy on 02 4570 9041.


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