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


Packaging Rules

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


a maximum of two (2) units 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 RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols

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

add topic RGRPSG304A Participate in greyhound inquiries and appeals

add topic RGRPSG402A Manage greyhound health and welfare

add topic RGRPSG404A Trial and race greyhounds

add topic RGRPSG405A Operate a greyhound racing training business

add topic BSBSMB407A Manage a small team


add topic RGRCMN402A Participate in media interviews for racing

add topic RGRPSG301A Supervise handling of greyhounds

add topic RGRPSG302A Assess health and provide first aid for greyhounds

add topic RGRPSG303A Determine nutritional requirements for racing greyhounds

add topic RGRPSG401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of greyhounds

add topic RGRPSG403A Plan and implement education and training of greyhounds for racing

add topic RGRPSG406A Promote and maintain business arrangements with greyhound owners

add topic RGRPSG407A Select greyhounds for racing

add topic RGRTRK402A Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditions

add topic ACMCAN311A Care for young animals

add topic ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

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 the workplace

add topic PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

add topic RUV3507A Carry out companion animal breeding procedures

add topic SISXEMR402A Coordinate emergency responses

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

    RGR20208 Certificate II in Racing (Kennelhand)

    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

To undertake this qualification the candidate will have extensive industry-relevant experience in the care, welfare and management of greyhounds. Before commencing this qualification candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have the appropriate skills and knowledge commensurate with the RGR20208 Certificate II in Racing (Kennelhand).

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