Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand)

This qualification provides an avenue for pre-employment training for students in schools who are contemplating employment in the entry-level occupation of stablehand. These trainee stablehands demonstrate basic practical skills and work under constant supervision with horses that are well-educated, tractable and docile. Driving or riding skills can be acquired through optional electives.

A stablehand is a person who is employed in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable and whose prime function is to care for horses and meet their individual needs of feeding, grooming and keeping the environment safe, clean and hygienic. A stablehand at AQF level 1 works under the direction of a trainer or stable supervisor in performing routine tasks and only handles horses that are well-educated and tractable. The stablehand is also responsible for passing on messages and information to others in the stable.


Packaging Rules

Completion of five (5) units made up of three (3) core units and two (2) elective units.


Two (2) elective units may be selected from the list below


One (1) unit may be selected from the list below and one (1) unit may be selected from units aligned to Certificates I or II in the RGR08 Racing Training Package or any other currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the racing industry.


add topic RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices
add topic RGRPSH101A Catch and handle quiet horses under supervision
add topic RGRPSH102A Perform basic stable duties


add topic BSBCMM101A Apply basic communication skills

add topic BSBWOR202A Organise and complete daily work activities

add topic RGRCMN002A Investigate job opportunities in racing and related industries
add topic RGRPSH203A Perform basic driving tasks

add topic RGRPSH205A Perform basic riding tasks


    Pathways into the qualification

    Direct entry

    Pathways from the qualification

    RGR20108 Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand)

    Licensing considerations

    There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    Job roles

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Qualification pathways

Licensing Information

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Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


listening and understanding

speaking clearly and directly

writing to the needs of the audience

negotiating responsively

reading independently


using numeracy effectively

understanding the needs of internal and external customers

persuading effectively

establishing and using networks

being assertive

sharing information

speaking and writing in languages other than English


working across different ages irrespective of gender, race, religion or political persuasion

working as an individual and as a member of a team

knowing how to define a role as part of the team

applying teamwork to a range of situations e.g. futures planning and crisis problem solving

identifying the strengths of team members

coaching and mentoring skills, including giving feedback


developing creative, innovative and practical solutions

showing independence and initiative in identifying and solving problems

solving problems in teams

applying a range of strategies to problem solving

using mathematics, including budgeting and financial management to solve problems

applying problem-solving strategies across a range of areas

testing assumptions, taking into account the context of data and circumstances

resolving customer concerns in relation to complex project issues

Initiative and enterprise

adapting to new situations

developing a strategic, creative and long-term vision

being creative

identifying opportunities not obvious to others

translating ideas into action

generating a range of options

initiating innovative solutions

Planning and organising

managing time and priorities - setting time lines, coordinating tasks for self and with others

being resourceful

taking initiative and making decisions

adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies

establishing clear project goals and deliverables

allocating people and other resources to tasks

planning the use of resources, including time management

participating in continuous improvement and planning processes

developing a vision and a proactive plan to accompany it

predicting - weighing up risk, evaluating alternatives and applying evaluation criteria

collecting, analysing and organising information

understanding basic business systems and their relationships


having a personal vision and goals

evaluating and monitoring own performance

having knowledge and confidence in own ideas and visions

articulating own ideas and visions

taking responsibility


managing own learning

contributing to the learning community at the workplace

using a range of mediums to learn - mentoring, peer support and networking, IT and courses

applying learning to technical issues (e.g. learning about products) and people issues (e.g. interpersonal and cultural aspects of work)

having enthusiasm for ongoing learning

being willing to learn in any setting - on and off the job

being open to new ideas and techniques

being prepared to invest time and effort in learning new skills

acknowledging the need to learn in order to accommodate change


having a range of basic IT skills

applying IT as a management tool

using IT to organise data

being willing to learn new IT skills

having the OHS knowledge to apply technology

having the appropriate physical capacity