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Racing and Breeding RGR

Overview

Commencements

Availability & Duration

Australian School-based Apprenticeships

Overview

These qualifications cover racing administration, greyhound racing, horse racing and track maintenance areas of work.

‘Agriculture Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management’ and ‘Animal Care and Management’ are associated industries.

Quick facts

The training units of competent structure and packing rules are detailed in Training Package documents.

The information provided here includes the most recent changes from the RGR (release 4.0) Training Package.

The Racing and Breeding Training Package RGR (release 4.0) includes 18 qualifications and 53 skill sets.

Registered Training Organisations can access the full details of this Training Package from the
training.gov.au website.

 

Career information

Qualification and job outcome information is also presented in a Job Pathways Chart.

For specific industry information click here.

More detail of how training works can be accessed here: for employers; for potential employees.

Use the My Skills site to search for Registered Training Organisations registered to deliver courses. Each State and Territory separately approves Registered Training Organisations to deliver apprenticeships and traineeships in their jurisdiction.

Qualifications Summary

RGR20117 - Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are beginning their careers in the greyhound industry and/or work in one specific area. These individuals undertake a broad range of tasks related to the care and welfare of greyhounds. They work under direction on most occasions but are also able to act autonomously in certain situations that require solutions to a limited range of problems or working as part of a team

RGR20218 - Certificate II in Racing Industry

This qualification reflects the role of new entrants to the racing industry. It provides an introduction to the racing industry and allows for specialisation in sectors or roles, including stablehand (harness or thoroughbred), stud hand (breeding), track maintenance and racing administration.

RGR20221 - Certificate II in Racing Industry

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for supporting job roles in the horse or greyhound racing industry. It allows for specialisation in various roles, including stable hand (harness or thoroughbred), stud hand (breeding), track maintenance and racing administration.

RGR30218 - Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand)

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working as a stablehand in charge of daily operations in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable where they care for racehorses.

RGR30419 - Certificate III in Racing Services

This qualification reflects the broad work responsibilities undertaken within regulatory and integrity services operations within the greyhound, harness or thoroughbred racing codes. The general qualification covers skills required for a range of racing services and operations.

RGR30518 - Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are independently engaged or employed as trackriders to exercise thoroughbred horses on the instruction of a trainer in the racing industry.

RGR30619 - Certificate III in Horse Breeding

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required for persons working in a horse breeding or stud farm operation. It applies to horse breeding activities across disciplines and sectors including for the thoroughbred and harness racing codes.

RGR40118 - Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)

This qualification reflects the role of individuals licensed to operate a business that trains horses under racing industry regulated licensing criteria for the purpose of competing in industry-regulated events in the harness or thoroughbred racing codes.

RGR40218 - Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)

This qualification reflects the role of individuals licensed to operate as a jockey and compete in industry-regulated events in the thoroughbred racing code. Jockeys are independent professional athletes who ride racehorses at race meetings, barrier trials and trackwork. Most are independent contractors offering their riding services to compete in racing industry regulated race meetings, with some retained by racing stables. A jockey possesses the highest level of race riding skills, requiring a high degree of decision-making skill and reaction time during races, and the ability to exercise judgement when choosing mounts and assessing horse form.

RGR40221 - Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required for individuals licensed to operate as a jockey and compete in industry-regulated events in the thoroughbred racing code.

RGR40318 - Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver)

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are harness race drivers. They are independent professional sportspersons licensed by harness racing industry authorities to compete in industry-regulated competition.

RGR40418 - Certificate IV in Racing (Greyhound Trainer)

This qualification reflects the role of individuals licensed to operate a business that trains greyhounds under racing industry regulated licensing criteria for the purpose of competing in industry-regulated events in the greyhound racing code.It covers the care, maintenance and performance of greyhounds and the tasks and duties associated with running a racing establishment, including managing staff, finances and equipment. Trainers are responsible for planning and organising their own work, leading others and carrying out often complex and non-routine tasks.

RGR40518 - Certificate IV in Racing Integrity

This qualification reflects the work undertaken by individuals in compliance and integrity service operations in the greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes. It covers the specialist roles of stewards and integrity officials with responsibilities for investigations, compliance and intelligence who require an extensive knowledge of the rules of racing, administrative law, racing protocols, animal welfare, safety and duty of care requirements.

RGR50118 - Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer)

This qualification reflects the role of individuals licensed to operate a business that trains horses commercially for multiple owners to compete in industry-regulated events in the harness or thoroughbred racing codes. The trainer at this level generally manages a large training establishment with several staff members, often operating interstate and/or internationally, with extensive demands from owners, media and public.

RGR50218 - Diploma of Racing Integrity Management

This qualification reflects the work undertaken by individuals in regulatory and integrity service operations in the greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes. It covers the role of stewards, specialist investigators and other integrity officials who require an extensive knowledge of the rules of racing, administrative law, racing protocols, animal welfare, safety and duty of care requirements.

Note: Employers should be aware that this information is provided as a guide only to the content and use of the Training Package. Employers should seek advice from an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) provider or Registered Training Organisation for more detail.

Commencements
  NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
RGR20218 - Certificate II in Racing Industry
Annual Commencements 5 20 0 0 0 0 0 0
RGR30218 - Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand)
Annual Commencements 50 75 0 0 15 0 0 0
RGR30419 - Certificate III in Racing Services
Annual Commencements 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
RGR30518 - Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)
Annual Commencements 50 50 25 5 5 0 0 0
RGR30619 - Certificate III in Horse Breeding
Annual Commencements 30 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
RGR40118 - Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)
Annual Commencements 10 50 0 0 15 0 0 0
RGR40218 - Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
Annual Commencements 10 5 15 10 5 5 0 0

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 20/10/2021, rounded estimates for April 2020 to March 2021. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

Availability and Duration
  NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
RGR20117 - Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

12 mths
Part Time
Classification T *
RGR20218 - Certificate II in Racing Industry
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

12 mths 18 mths 12 mths 18 mths 18 mths 18 mths
Part Time
Classification T T T T * T
RGR20221 - Certificate II in Racing Industry
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

12 mths 18 mths
Part Time
Classification T * T
RGR30218 - Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand)
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

24 mths 30 mths 24 mths 36 mths 24 mths 24 mths 24 mths
Part Time
Classification T T T T T * T
RGR30419 - Certificate III in Racing Services
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

24 mths 24 mths
Part Time
Classification T T *
RGR30518 - Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

24 mths 30 mths 24 mths 36 mths 24 mths 24 mths
Part Time
Classification T T T T T * T
RGR30619 - Certificate III in Horse Breeding
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

24 mths 24 mths 36 mths
Part Time
Classification T T T *
RGR40118 - Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 36 mths 36 mths
Part Time
Classification T A T *
RGR40218 - Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Classification A A A T * A
RGR40221 - Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Classification T * A
RGR40318 - Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver)
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

36 mths 36 mths
Part Time
Classification T T *
RGR40418 - Certificate IV in Racing (Greyhound Trainer)
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

36 mths
Part Time
Classification T *
RGR40518 - Certificate IV in Racing Integrity
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

36 mths
Part Time
Classification T *
RGR50118 - Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer)
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths
Part Time
Classification T *
RGR50218 - Diploma of Racing Integrity Management
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths
Part Time
Classification T *

Legend: = Yes, = No, A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship, T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship, * = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)
A Qualification registered by a State or Territory as available as an Australian Apprenticeship may not be eligible for public funding support, check with the relevant State or Territory Training Authority.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occuptations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships
  NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
RGR20117 - Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)
Availability
RGR20218 - Certificate II in Racing Industry
Availability
RGR20221 - Certificate II in Racing Industry
Availability
RGR30218 - Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand)
Availability
RGR30419 - Certificate III in Racing Services
Availability
RGR30518 - Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)
Availability
RGR30619 - Certificate III in Horse Breeding
Availability
RGR40118 - Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)
Availability
RGR40218 - Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
Availability
RGR40221 - Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
Availability
RGR40318 - Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver)
Availability
RGR50118 - Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer)
Availability

Legend: = Yes, = No

This information generally reflects availability of ASbAs that may contribute to study scores. In some cases ASbAs allow an individual to start training in a qualification that can be completed after they leave secondary school. Australian Apprenticeships may also be undertaken as part-time employment. Please note that applicable industrial arrangements must allow for ASbAs. Visit the relevant State or Territory website for more detailed information (click on the State or Territory link provided).