Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)

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.'


Packaging Rules

Completion of twenty two (22) units made up of nineteen (19) core units and three (3) elective units.


a maximum of three (3) units aligned to AQF levels 3 or 4 may be selected from 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 HLTFA301B Apply first aid

add topic RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols

add topic RGRCMN202A Achieve requirements for industry induction

add topic PUACOM001B Communicate in the workplace

add topic SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict

add topic RGRPSH201A Handle horses

add topic RGRPSH202A Assist with transportation of horses

add topic RGRPSH207A Perform stable duties

add topic RGRPSH208A Attend horses at trackwork

add topic RGRPSH209A Attend horses at race meetings and trials

add topic RGRPSH301A Implement stable operations

add topic RGRPSH302A Supervise handling of horses

add topic RGRPSH303A Supervise transportation of horses

add topic RGRPSH304A Identify factors that affect racehorse performance

add topic RGRPSH308A Provide first aid and emergency care for horses

add topic RGRPSH309A Implement feeding programs for racehorses under direction

add topic PRSSO323A Lead small teams

add topic SRXEMR001A Respond to emergency situations


add topic BSBITU203A Communicate electronically

add topic RGRCMN003A Manage personal health and fitness

add topic RGRPSH203A Perform basic driving tasks

add topic RGRPSH204A Prepare to drive jog work

add topic RGRPSH205A Perform basic riding tasks

add topic RGRPSH206A Develop riding skills for flatwork

add topic RGRPSH305A Develop driving skills for trackwork

add topic RGRPSH306A Develop basic trackwork riding skills

add topic RGRPSH420A Participate in implementing racehorse exercise programs


    Pathways into the qualification

    RGR20108 Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand)

    Pathways from the qualification

    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.

    Job roles

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Qualification pathways

Licensing Information

Refer to Pathways Information

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