Horse Trainer

Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

Job Prospects Openings 5 years to November 2019: 5,001 to 10,000
Salary Range Median weekly earnings: Varies to Source: Australian Government Department of Employment 2015
Brief Do you love horses? DO you wake up every morning thinking and dreaming about horses? If you answered yes to the above questions, then a career as a horse trainer could be for you.

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A thoroughbred horse trainer is a person who is licensed to operate a business that trains horses under industry regulated licensing criteria. The trainer is responsible for the care, maintenance and racing performance of horses.

Education Requirements

To become an owner trainer in SA you will need to complete a skills set from the Racing Industry Training Package. This is the criteria for licensing.

TAFE SA offers courses relevant to this occupation including the Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer). Pathway includes the Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer).

Nature of the Job

A trainer at this level is required to have a sound knowledge of all aspects of the industry and will have acquired competencies that enable performance of all tasks and duties associated with running a racing establishment, including managing training programs, staff and equipment. The trainer is also 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.

Typical Physical Working Environment

Horse trainers may be required to work long hours. Much of their work is carried out very early in the morning and they may continue to work all day. Horse trainers also work on weekends and public holidays.

Typical Occupational Example

Horse trainers usually specialise in thoroughbreds for galloping races or standardbreds for pacing or trotting races.

Further information:

Australian Racing Board
Phone: (02) 9551 7700

Australian Trainers Association
Phone: 0417 863 405

Further Information

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