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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 15 units must be completed, comprising:
    • 7 core units
    • 8 elective units
  • The nominal hours for the units selected must total between 521 and 870 hours.

Core Units:

  • RGRCMN001A - Comply with the Rules of Racing and Related Protocols
  • RGRPSH408A - Manage Horse Health and Welfare
  • RGRPSH417A - Participate in Protests, Inquiries and Appeals
  • RGRCMN401A - Maintain and Monitor OHS Procedures and Environmental Work Practices
  • RGRPSH421A - Operate Horse Racing Training Business
  • BSBSMB407A - Manage a Small Team
  • RGRPSH503A - Trial and Race Horses

Elective Units:

  • RGRPSH302A - Supervise Handling of Horses
  • RGRPSH502A - Plan and Implement Education of Horses for Racing
  • RGRPSH422A - Promote and Maintain Business Arrangements with Racehorse Owners
  • RGRPSH401A - Relate Anatomical and Physiological Features to the Care and Treatment of Horses
  • RGRPSH409A - Determine Nutritional Requirements for Racing Horses
  • AHCHBR307A - Assess Conformation of Horses
  • RGRPSH504A - Develop Systems and Records for Horse Racing Business Training Operations
  • BSBSMB303A - Organise Finances for the Micro Business
  • BSBSMB403A - Market the Small Business