TIC Explorer Cadetship
A one-year experiential programme for trainees to learn, train and gain experience in all sectors of the thoroughbred racing & breeding industry. Modules include a 3-month intensive training course, then placements with leading stud farms and trainers.
Hunter Valley Thoroughbred Breeders Association Equistart Program – this is a four week fully subsidised program including three weeks of coursework and a one week work placement.
Many management staff at stud farms, training stables, racing authorities, race clubs and bloodstock agents have completed general University degrees before pursuing a successful career.
Bachelor of Equine Science (BSc)
Charles Stuart University
University of Queensland
University of New England
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
James Cook University
University of Sydney
University of Queensland
University of Melbourne
University Business degrees in Accounting, Finance, Economics and Marketing are also valuable education paths for a career in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.
For more experimental based learning, Nationally Accredited Qualifications in Racing and Breeding can get you set up with the skills and knowledge you require for a range of different industry roles.
Click here for a full list of qualifications, units of competency, skill sets, accredited courses, and registered training organisations (RTOs) who are approved to delivery these qualifications.
Racing Training Package
Certificate II in Racing Industry
Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand)
Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)
Certificate III in Racing Services
Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)
Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
Certificate IV in Racing Integrity
Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer)
Diploma of Racing Integrity Management
Animal Care and Management Training Package
Certificate III in Farriery
Certificate III, IV in Horse Breeding
Certificate IV in Equine Dentistry
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)
Diploma of Horse Stud Management
Each state differs in how education and training is provided. For further information on training in your state please find the following links to each Principal Racing Authority's website:
Other equine courses
Marcus Oldham College, Geelong Vic - Diploma in Equine Management
Tocal College, Paterson NSW - Certificate II, III in Agriculture with equine electives
Godolphin Flying Start
An international management and leadership training programme for the thoroughbred industry with studies in Ireland, England, USA, Australia & Dubai. 12 candidates worldwide are selected annually to receive the fully-funded scholarship. The course is two year full-time and starts in August each year.
Irish National Stud Breeding Course
A training programme for the breeding industry located at the Irish National Stud in Kildare, Ireland. Training is mainly of a practical nature and is designed to provide students with a hands-on approach to every aspect of horse breeding. The course is full-time residential and starts mid-January each year. Scholarship is offered to an Australian each year through the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
English National Stud Breeding Course
A training programme for the breeding industry located at the English National Stud in Newmarket, England. This course trains people on behalf of the stud industry and provides access to recognised qualifications and hands-on learning experiences
Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI)
KEMI offers educational experience by integrating academic studies with practical experience, leadership and responsibility as a contributing participant on a Central Kentucky horse farm. It is a full-time, 24-week course offered to college graduates two times each year - once during the spring breeding and foaling season (Jan-June) and once during the fall sales and yearling breaking and training season (June-Dec).