Qualification details

RGR20108 - Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to RGR20102 - Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) 23/Sep/2008
Is superseded by RGR20218 - Certificate II in Racing IndustryUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. One qualification with four optional specialisations. 04/Jul/2018

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 22/Jan/2013
(View details for release 1) 24/Sep/2008

Units of competency

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RGRCMN002A - Investigate job opportunities in racing and related industriesInvestigate job opportunities in racing and related industriesSupersededCore
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidSupersededCore
RGRCMN003A - Manage personal health and fitnessManage personal health and fitnessDeletedElective
RGRPSH206A - Develop riding skills for flatworkDevelop riding skills for flatworkSupersededElective
RGRPSH201A - Handle horsesHandle horsesSupersededCore
RGRCMN201A - Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practicesFollow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practicesDeletedCore
RGRPSH209A - Attend horses at race meetings and trialsAttend horses at race meetings and trialsSupersededCore
RGRPSH204A - Prepare to drive jog workPrepare to drive jog workSupersededElective
PUACOM001C - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplaceSupersededCore
RGRCMN001A - Comply with the rules of racing and related protocolsComply with the rules of racing and related protocolsSupersededCore
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 842318 Stablehand 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9921-15 Stud Hand Or Stable Hand 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0501 Agriculture 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Livestock,Racing Industry 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Stablehand 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 841516 Stablehand 24/Sep/200831/Mar/2022
ANZSCO Identifier 842318 Stablehand 01/Apr/2022 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9921-15 Stud Hand Or Stable Hand 24/Sep/2008 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0501 Agriculture 24/Sep/2008 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 24/Sep/2008 
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Modification History


TP Version 




Updated superseded equivalent units



Initial release


This qualification reflects the role of employees who work under supervision and in known routines but with a defined amount of responsibility and limited judgement.

A stablehand is a person who is employed in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable and whose prime function is to care for the animals and to meet their individual needs of feeding, grooming, exercising and transporting; as well as keeping the environment safe, clean and hygienic. In a harness racing stable the stablehand cares for standardbred horses. In a thoroughbred racing stable the stablehand cares for thoroughbreds. The stablehand works under the direction of a trainer or stable supervisor but is also able to act autonomously in certain situations requiring solutions to a limited range of problems or working as part of a team.

It should be noted that duties involve caring for highly-strung, expensive animals that can easily injure themselves or their handlers. There is therefore a degree of responsibility as well as a duty of care involved in the work. There will be occasions when a stablehand will be in sole charge of an animal in situations where a danger exists to the animal, the handler or the general public, such as unloading from a float or leading on a racecourse.

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 II in Racing (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.'

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

RGR10108 Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand)

Pathways from the qualification 

RGR30208 Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)

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 

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Pathways Information

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements 

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Qualification pathways 

Employability Skills Summary


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
  • empathising
  • 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

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

Completion of thirteen (13) units made up of eleven (11) core units and two (2) elective units.


  • Two (2) units aligned to AQF levels 2 or 3 may be selected from the RGR08 Racing Training Package or any other currently endorsed Training Package. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the racing industry.


RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols

RGRCMN002A Investigate job opportunities in racing and related industries

RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices

RGRCMN202A Achieve requirements for industry induction

RGRPSH201A Handle horses

RGRPSH202A Assist with transportation of horses

RGRPSH207A Perform stable duties

RGRPSH208A Attend horses at trackwork

RGRPSH209A Attend horses at race meetings and trials

HLTFA301B Apply first aid

PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace


RGRCMN003A Manage personal health and fitness

RGRPSH203A Perform basic driving tasks

RGRPSH204A Prepare to drive jog work

RGRPSH205A Perform basic riding tasks

RGRPSH206A Develop riding skills for flatwork

BSBITU203A Communicate electronically