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RGR40108 – Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)

Course Summary:

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. 

Career Outcomes:

  • Foreperson
  • Assistant Trainer
  • Racehorse Trainer



Class Delivery



Part time

Full time

Part time

Full time




18 months

18 months

Delivery Method:            

  • Workplace / Flexible Delivery

How to Apply:                     

  • By phone:
    • Skillinvest Metro – 1300 135 008
    • Skillinvest Regional – 1300 308 620

Entry Requirements:

  • Must be currently employed at a thoroughbred racing stable. 

Fees and Charges:

  • Refer to the Fees & Charges link on the Skillinvest website (

Qualification Requirements:

  • To meet the packaging rules and attain the qualification, a total of 16 units must be completed, comprising:
    • 7 core units
    • 9 elective units

Core Units:

  • BSBSMB407 Manage a small team
  • BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
  • RGRCMN203 Comply with racing industry ethics and integrity
  • RGRCMN305 Participate in racing protests and inquires 
  • RGRPSH302 Supervise handling of horses
  • RGRPSH408 Manage horse health and welfare
  • RGRPSH421 Operate horse racing training business

Elective Units:

  • RGRPSH301 Implement stable operations
  • RGRPSH401 Provide care and treatment for horses
  • RGRPSH407 Educate thoroughbred horses for racing 
  • RGRPSH409 Determine nutritional requirements for racing horses
  • RGRPSH420 Participate in implementing racehorse exercise programs
  • RGRPSH422 Promote and maintain business arrangements with racehorse owners
  • RGRPSH503 Trial and race horses 
  • RGRPSH504 Develop systems and records for horse racing business training operations
  • RGRPSH505 Select horses for racing