Qualification details

RGR40108 - Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to RGR40102 - Certificate IV in Racing (Thoroughbred Owner Trainer) 23/Sep/2008
Is superseded by and equivalent to RGR40118 - Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Revised core and elective units 04/Jul/2018

ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 17/Dec/2013
(View details for release 2) 22/Jan/2013
(View details for release 1) 24/Sep/2008

Units of competency

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TAAASS402A - Assess competenceAssess competenceDeletedElective
BSBSMB403A - Market the small businessMarket the small businessSupersededElective
RGRPSH421A - Operate horse racing training businessOperate horse racing training businessSupersededCore
AHCHBR307A - Assess suitability of horses for stock workAssess suitability of horses for stock workSupersededElective
BSBSMB305A - Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro businessComply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro businessSupersededElective
RGRCMN401A - Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practicesMaintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practicesDeletedCore
RGRPSH504A - Develop systems and records for horse racing business training operationsDevelop systems and records for horse racing business training operationsSupersededElective
HLTFA403C - Manage first aid in the workplaceManage first aid in the workplaceSupersededElective
RGRPSH422A - Promote and maintain business arrangements with racehorse ownersPromote and maintain business arrangements with racehorse ownersSupersededElective
RGRPSH502A - Plan and implement education of horses for racingPlan and implement education of horses for racingSupersededElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 361112 Horse Trainer 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4614-11 Horse Trainer 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0501 Agriculture 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Racing Industry 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Thoroughbred Owner Trainer,Harness Racing Owner Trainer,Harness Racing Trainer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 361112 Horse Trainer 24/Sep/2008 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4614-11 Horse Trainer 24/Sep/2008 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0501 Agriculture 24/Sep/2008 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 24/Sep/2008 
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Modification History


TP Version 




Corrected typographical error



Updated superseded equivalent units



Initial release


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.'

Pathways Information

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 

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Description

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 

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 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.


RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols

RGRCMN401A Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practices

RGRPSH408A Manage horse health and welfare

RGRPSH417A Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals

RGRPSH421A Operate horse racing training business

RGRPSH503A Trial and race horses

BSBSMB407A Manage a small team


RGRCMN402A Participate in media interviews for racing

RGRPSH301A Implement stable operations

RGRPSH302A Supervise handling of horses

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

RGRPSH409A Determine nutritional requirements for racing horses

RGRPSH420A Participate in implementing racehorse exercise programs

RGRPSH422A Promote and maintain business arrangements with racehorse owners

RGRPSH423A Train horses for jumping racing

RGRPSH501A Plan and adapt training conditioning programs for racehorses

RGRPSH502A Plan and implement education of horses for racing

RGRPSH504A Develop systems and records for horse racing business training operations

RGRPSH505A Select horses for racing

RGRTRK402A Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditions

AHCHBR307A Assess suitability of horses for stock work

BSBITU203A Communicate electronically

BSBSMB303A Organise finances for the micro business

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

BSBSMB403A Market the small business

BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability

HLTFA403C Manage first aid in workplace

HLTGM305B Maintain pool environments

PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict

TAAASS401A Plan and organise assessment

TAAASS402A Assess competence

TAADEL301A Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills