Trainers Licence

Completion of the Trainers Course is required in order to apply for a licence to train racehorses

The aim of the courses is to prepare those individuals who are on the verge of applying for a Licence to Train, rather than to teach the art of training racehorses.

These courses are part of the criteria for a Licence to Train, which is set by the Licensing Committee of the British Horseracing Authority. The Committee will make the decision on whether a Licence application will be granted. It should be noted that completing the mandatory training programme will not confer automatic right to a Licence.


The courses are made up of a series of seminars, which are delivered by specialist racing consultants, who each have extensive working knowledge of the horseracing industry.

“I was a bit cynical before I went on this course – after all I had been working in the industry for ten years….but I was amazed at how much I learnt – it was very well put together and I feel better equipped to start my business now”

The Trainers Courses consist of three modules, with each taking place over four/five days.

  • Module 1: Racehorse Management: (To be eligible to attend this course applicants must have achieved an NVQ Level 3 in Racehorse Care and Management.) The module will give an insight into horse health, feeding & nutrition, training & fitness and licensing/racecourse procedures.
  • Module 2: Business Skills: Business planning, obtaining finance, accounting principles, business law, marketing and media skills.
  • Module 3: Staff Management: Recruiting and managing staff, employment regulations and health and safety obligations

The modules are run at the British Racing School and National Horseracing College, for details of dates and application forms visit their websites.

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