Educational Pathways

To view available qualifications for the racing industry, please see select from the list below.

Certificate II in Racing Industry – Stablehand, Stud Hand, Track Maintenance & Racing Administration

This qualification reflects the role of new entrants to the racing industry. It provides an introduction to the racing industry and allows for specialisation in sectors or roles, including stablehand (harness or thoroughbred), stud hand (breeding), track maintenance and racing administration.

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Certificate III in Racing – Trackrider

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are independently engaged or employed as trackwork riders to exercise thoroughbred horses on the instruction of a trainer in the racing industry.

Trackwork riders require high level riding skills to exercise racehorses at various paces. They must be able to interpret and implement trainer s instructions and communicate information about racehorse fitness and performance accurately to the trainer. Trackwork riders work independently with limited supervision in a defined range of varied contexts that may be complex and non-routine.

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Certificate III in Horse Breeding
This qualification provides a vocational outcome for persons operating in a horse breeding or stud farm operation.

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Certificate III in Racing Services

This qualification reflects the broad work responsibilities undertaken within regulatory and integrity services operations within the greyhound, harness or thoroughbred racing codes. The general qualification covers skills required for a range of racing services and operations. Two specialisations can be selected.

The Cadet Steward specialisation covers duties required to assist stewards in race and non-race day activities and the Racing Administration specialisation covers general office administration conducted under racing-specific protocols and procedures.

Within this qualification individuals are responsible for organising their own work within known routines, often requiring well-developed decision making and problem-solving skills, and a high degree of confidentiality and discretion in their job functions. Knowledge of the rules of racing, racing protocols, animal welfare and duty of care requirements is considered essential.

Individuals electing to undertake the specialisation for Cadet Steward must meet the requirements of the relevant Controlling Body or Principal Racing Authority. Users are advised to check with the relevant authority for requirements.

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Certificate III in Racing – Stablehand

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working as a stablehand in charge of daily operations in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable where they care for racehorses.

The stablehand works to the delegated instructions of a trainer who has overall responsibility for operations. They work in a stable environment directing and coordinating one or more stablehands or managing operations independently, depending on the size of the stable, and are permitted under the rules of racing to act for the trainer.

They are required to work autonomously, use judgement, interpret information, apply solutions to various problems and take responsibility for operations and outputs.

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Certificate IV in Horse Breeding
This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the horse breeding industry. It is designed to meet the needs of supervisors or team leaders in the agriculture industry.

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Certificate IV in Racing – Integrity

This qualification reflects the work undertaken by individuals in compliance and integrity service operations in the greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes. It covers the specialist roles of stewards and integrity officials with responsibilities for investigations, compliance and intelligence who require an extensive knowledge of the rules of racing, administrative law, racing protocols, animal welfare, safety and duty of care requirements.

Individuals need strong organisational skills, and the ability to analyse and evaluate information and apply the rules of racing and administrative law to resolve routine, non-routine and at time complex situations.

Individuals undertaking this qualification must meet the requirements of the relevant Controlling Body or Principal Racing Authority. Users are advised to check with the relevant authority for current requirements.

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Certificate IV – Racing Jockey

This qualification reflects the role of individuals licensed to operate as a jockey and compete in industry-regulated events in the thoroughbred racing code.
Jockeys are independent professional athletes who ride racehorses at race meetings, barrier trials and trackwork. Most are independent contractors offering their riding services to compete in racing industry regulated race meetings, with some retained by racing stables.

A jockey possesses the highest level of race riding skills, requiring a high degree of decision-making skill and reaction time during races, and the ability to exercise judgement when choosing mounts and assessing horse form.

The qualification reflects the requirement for jockeys to identify and advise on factors that affect racehorse performance; give advice on horse ability, fitness and progress; observe rules of racing and industry policies and guidelines; communicate with racing industry officials and media, and take instruction and advice from trainers and owners.It covers the knowledge required to perform on a daily basis at specific bodyweight and peak fitness and business skills required for self-employment to enable jockeys to market their services, and manage personal finances and business operations.

This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration.

To commence this qualification an individual must: Have completed RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

or;

demonstrated skills and experience in riding and handling thoroughbred horses commensurate with the Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider).

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Certificate IV in Racing – Racehorse Trainer

This qualification reflects the role of individuals licensed to operate a business that trains horses under racing industry regulated licensing criteria for the purpose of competing in industry-regulated events in the harness or thoroughbred racing codes.

It covers the care, maintenance and performance of racehorses and the tasks and duties associated with running a racing establishment, including managing staff, finances and equipment. Trainers are responsible for planning and organising their own work, leading others and carrying out often complex and non-routine tasks.

To undertake this qualification the individual must have: A racing industry Certificate III qualification demonstrating industry-relevant experience in the care, welfare and management of horses such asRGR30518

Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider), or RGR30218 Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand), or RGR30318 Certificate III in Racing (Driving Stablehand).

or;

demonstrated equivalent skills and knowledge in the care, welfare and management of horses commensurate with the qualifications above.

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Diploma of Horse Stud Management
The Diploma of Horse Stud Management describes the occupational outcome for those working on horse studs who manage enterprise operations and employees.

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Diploma of Racing – Integrity Management

This qualification reflects the work undertaken by individuals in regulatory and integrity service operations in the greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes. It covers the role of stewards, specialist investigators and other integrity officials who require an extensive knowledge of the rules of racing, administrative law, racing protocols, animal welfare, safety and duty of care requirements.

Individuals need strong organisational skills, and the ability to analyse and evaluate information and apply the rules of racing and administrative law to resolve routine, non-routine and at time complex situations.

Individuals undertaking this qualification must meet the requirements of the relevant Controlling Body or Principal Racing Authority. Users are advised to check with the relevant authority for current requirements.

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Diploma of Racing – Racehorse Trainer

This qualification reflects the role of individuals licensed to operate a business that trains horses commercially for multiple owners to compete in industry-regulated events in the harness or thoroughbred racing codes. The trainer at this level generally manages a large training establishment with several staff members, often operating interstate and/or internationally, with extensive demands from owners, media and public.

The qualification covers high-level technical, planning and management skills required to manage a complex business as well as detailed knowledge of the rules relating to racing partnerships and syndication, and horse pedigree, conformation and animal physiology.

This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration.

To undertake this qualification the individual must have: Extensive skills and knowledge commensurate with RGR40118 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) demonstrating industry-relevant experience in the care, welfare and management of horses.

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