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Stable Start Program


From Certificate III in Horse Breeding - RGR30619

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Stable Start Program SA3START23

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Course Overview

The Stable Start program is a Racing Victoria initative and is mandatory for those wishing to gain employment in the racing industry. The course is fully funded and a nationally recognised training qualification, specifically designed to provide participants with the skills to thrive in a stable environment. This short course is aimed for those wanting to enter and gain employment in the racing industy, delivering a practical experience to learn about working in a stable and around horses, and enable completion of training requirements to be a licensed stable employee. Training is provided over 5 days (1 day per week) or in a block (5 consecutive days).

Contingent Study Arrangements

Where a situation arises that prevents campus attendance (such as COVID restrictions, natural disasters, etc.) and it is deemed an appropriate response in protecting the health and safety of staff, students and visitors, this course will adapt to alternative training arrangements, possibly using online methods of teaching and/or communication while students engage from home with their Trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time.

Career Pathways

This course will enable successful graduates to apply for employment in different sectors of the equine industry in roles such as stablehands, where they will be able to assist with grooming, feeding and saddling horses, and maintaining and cleaning stables.

Working in the industry may involve handling horses, preparing horses for exercise, cleaning stables, feeding, rugging and working with horses. Hours can vary between equine enterprises and may include early morning starts and weekend work. Students need to be aware that working with horses can be physically demanding and so a moderate level of physical fitness, agility and strength is required.

Further Study

Graduates can undertake further study in a range of equine or equine-related qualifications in horse breeding, sport or racing:

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

On Campus - Starts 20th March 2023 - 5 consecutive days - 9:00am - 4:00pm /2023

On Campus - Starts 15th May 2023 - 5 consecutive days - 9:00am - 4:00pm /2023

On Campus - Starts 25th July 2023 - Ends 22nd August - 1 Day per week - 9:00am - 4:00pm /2023

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2022 and may change without notice.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

Further details on fees available

Training Package Entry Requirements

The physical requirements for entry into this course are based on the demands placed on individuals who handle race horses and undertake stable management duties and are designed to ensure their safety, the safety of others, and the safety of the horses in their care:

  • Students must demonstrate a moderate level of physical stamina and strength sufficient to be able to perform tasks such as: carrying feed/water buckets, maneuvering wheelbarrows, using brooms, rakes, shovels, and lifting gear (e.g. rugs/saddles) onto a horse is required.
  • Students must demonstrate a moderate level of agility and coordination to move smoothly, safely, and quickly in response to horse behaviours is required.
  • Students must be able access a computer with a reliable internet connection and have intermediate digital literacy.

Industry requirements

Racing Victoria - stable employees cannot work or be registered as a licenced trainer without this training, however, time is given to new workers to complete the required training.

Assessments may be delivered in the form of either blended practical workshops or online assessments.

  • The course will be delivered with online learning and practical components to be assessed at the Tone Road campus in Wangaratta over two months.
  • Students must attend 80% of webinars and students must attend the scheduled practical workshops onsite at Tone Rd Wangaratta.

Nina Lewis and Christine Menuier

Training is provided over five days (one day per week) or in a block (five consecutive days).

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Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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