Qualification details

RGR40408 - Certificate IV in Racing (Greyhound Trainer) (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes RGR30502 - Certificate III in Racing (Greyhound Trainer) 23/Sep/2008
Is superseded by RGR40418 - Certificate IV in Racing (Greyhound Trainer)Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages Changes to core units 04/Jul/2018

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

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

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ACMCAN311A - Care for young animalsCare for young animals Elective
ACMGAS301A - Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeingMaintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing Elective
BSBITU203A - Communicate electronicallyCommunicate electronically Elective
BSBSMB303A - Organise finances for the micro businessOrganise finances for the micro business Elective
BSBSMB305A - Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro businessComply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business Elective
BSBSMB403A - Market the small businessMarket the small business Elective
BSBSMB407A - Manage a small teamManage a small team Core
BSBSUS501A - Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainabilityDevelop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability Elective
HLTFA403C - Manage first aid in the workplaceManage first aid in the workplace Elective
PUACOM001C - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplace Elective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 361111 Dog Handler Or Trainer 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4614-79 Animal Trainers Nec 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0921 Sport And Recreation 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Racing Industry 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Greyhound Trainer,Greyhound Owner Trainer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 361111 Dog Handler Or Trainer 24/Sep/2008 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4614-79 Animal Trainers Nec 24/Sep/2008 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0921 Sport And Recreation 24/Sep/2008 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 24/Sep/2008 
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Modification History


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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 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.

Pathways Information

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 

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 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 

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.


  • 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.


RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols

RGRCMN401A Maintain and monitor OHS procedures and environmental work practices

RGRPSG304A Participate in greyhound inquiries and appeals

RGRPSG402A Manage greyhound health and welfare

RGRPSG404A Trial and race greyhounds

RGRPSG405A Operate a greyhound racing training business

BSBSMB407A Manage a small team


RGRCMN402A Participate in media interviews for racing

RGRPSG301A Supervise handling of greyhounds

RGRPSG302A Assess health and provide first aid for greyhounds

RGRPSG303A Determine nutritional requirements for racing greyhounds

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

RGRPSG403A Plan and implement education and training of greyhounds for racing

RGRPSG406A Promote and maintain business arrangements with greyhound owners

RGRPSG407A Select greyhounds for racing

RGRTRK402A Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditions

ACMCAN311A Care for young animals

ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

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 the workplace

PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

RUV3507A Carry out companion animal breeding procedures

SISXEMR402A Coordinate emergency responses

SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict

TAAASS401A Plan and organise assessment

TAAASS402A Assess competence

TAADEL301A Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills