Qualification details

RGR50108 - Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer) (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to RGR50102 - Diploma of Racing (Thoroughbred Trainer) 23/Sep/2008
Is superseded by and equivalent to RGR50118 - Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer)Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages 04/Jul/2018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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TAAASS402A - Assess competenceAssess competenceDeletedElective
BSBSMB403A - Market the small businessMarket the small businessSupersededElective
SISXEMR402A - Coordinate emergency responsesCoordinate emergency responsesSupersededElective
RGRPSH504A - Develop systems and records for horse racing business training operationsDevelop systems and records for horse racing business training operationsSupersededCore
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 ownersSupersededCore
RGRPSH502A - Plan and implement education of horses for racingPlan and implement education of horses for racingSupersededCore
PUACOM001C - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplaceSupersededElective
RGRTRK402A - Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditionsRelate animal welfare to track and environmental conditionsSupersededElective
RGRPSH501A - Plan and adapt training and conditioning programs for racehorsesPlan and adapt training and conditioning programs for racehorsesSupersededCore
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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 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Racing Industry 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Harness Racing Trainer,Thoroughbred 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 421 Diploma 24/Sep/2008 
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Modification History


TP Version 




Updated superseded equivalent units



Initial release


This qualification reflects the role of persons who operate independent businesses with responsibilities for quality outputs, supervising staff, coordinating groups, planning and developing strategic initiatives, and operating in a wide variety of contexts, most of which are complex and non-routine.

The racehorse trainer at this level differs in degree of complexity and responsibility from a licensed owner trainer. The scope of operation, complexity and size of the business require higher-level skills, particularly in the technical, planning and management areas. The trainer at this level would train for outside owners, would generally have a large training establishment, employ several or many staff, often operate interstate and/or internationally and have extensive demands from owners, media and public. A thorough knowledge of rules of racing and business practice is an essential requirement for trainers. The trainer at this level is required to evaluate information for planning and research purposes and apply theoretical concepts to a range of situations.

The supply of livestock is an essential part of the racing industry. Trainers are required to act for owners in advising on the purchase of livestock. This involves knowledge of pedigree, conformation and animal physiology as well as the rules relating to partnerships and syndication.

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 Diploma of 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 

RGR40108 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)

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 Pathways Information

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 the RGR40108 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer).

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 twelve (12) units made up of seven (7) core units and five (5) 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.

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.


RGRCMN402A Participate in media interviews for racing

RGRPSH422A Promote and maintain business arrangements with racehorse owners

RGRPSH501A Plan and adapt training and 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 training

BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability


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

RGRPSH423A Train horses for jumping racing

RGRTRK402A Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditions

BSBSMB403A Market the small business

BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances

HLTFA403C Manage first aid in the workplace

PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

SISXEMR402A Coordinate emergency response

SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict

TAAASS401A Plan and organise assessment

TAAASS402A Assess competence