Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)

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.'


Packaging Rules

Completion of fifteen (15) units made up of seven (7) core units and eight (8) elective units.


Of the eight (8) elective units, a maximum of two (2) units aligned to AQF level 5 may be selected.

Ideally electives should be chosen as part of the individual training plan for a learner so that they provide progressive skills and knowledge development that is relevant to their business and career progression.


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

add topic RGRCMN401A Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practices

add topic RGRPSH408A Manage horse health and welfare

add topic RGRPSH417A Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals

add topic RGRPSH421A Operate horse racing training business

add topic RGRPSH503A Trial and race horses

add topic BSBSMB407A Manage a small team


add topic RGRCMN402A Participate in media interviews for racing

add topic RGRPSH301A Implement stable operations

add topic RGRPSH302A Supervise handling of horses

add topic RGRPSH401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of horses

add topic RGRPSH409A Determine nutritional requirements for racing horses

add topic RGRPSH420A Participate in implementing racehorse exercise programs

add topic RGRPSH422A Promote and maintain business arrangements with racehorse owners

add topic RGRPSH423A Train horses for jumping racing

add topic RGRPSH501A Plan and adapt training conditioning programs for racehorses

add topic RGRPSH502A Plan and implement education of horses for racing

add topic RGRPSH504A Develop systems and records for horse racing business training operations

add topic RGRPSH505A Select horses for racing

add topic RGRTRK402A Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditions

add topic AHCHBR307A Assess suitability of horses for stock work

add topic BSBITU203A Communicate electronically

add topic BSBSMB303A Organise finances for the micro business

add topic BSBSMB305A Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for micro business

add topic BSBSMB403A Market the small business

add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability

add topic HLTFA403C Manage first aid in workplace

add topic HLTGM305B Maintain pool environments

add topic PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

add topic SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict

add topic TAAASS401A Plan and organise assessment

add topic TAAASS402A Assess competence

add topic TAADEL301A Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills


    Pathways into the qualification

    RGR30108 Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider)

    Pathways from the qualification

    RGR50108 Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer)

    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

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).

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