The aim of the Apprentice Jockey Training Program is to develop jockey athletes who can enjoy successful and sustainable careers, and contribute to the success of the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry.

2025 Applications Open Now

Expressions of interest are now open for the 2025 intake. Applications will close on Friday, 1 March 2024. 


Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)

The Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) is completed during the apprenticeship*.

The RGR40211 Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) course comprises the following units of study:

RGRPSH310 Prepare for self-management in racing
RGRPSH205 Perform basic riding skills in the racing industry
RGRPSH405 Ride horses in jump outs
RGRPSH306 Develop basic trackwork riding skills
RGRPSH404 Ride horses at trackwork
RGRPSH413 Prepare for race riding
RGRPSH414 Ride horses in trials
RGRTRK402 Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditions
SISSCOP308A Model the responsibilities of an elite athlete
SISSCOP309A Design an athletes diet
RGRPSH419 Manage principles of sport science for jockeys
BSBSMB303 Organise finances for the micro business
RGRPSH418 Set goals to improve race performance
RGRPSH415 Ride horses in races
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
RGRCMN305 Participate in racing protests and inquiries
RGRCMN402 Participate in media interviews for racing
RGRPSH419 Manage principals of sport science for jockeys
RGRPSH201 Handle racehorses in stables and at trackwork
RGRPSH307 Exercise horses in pacework

*Prior to commencing Cert IV Racing (Jockey) the RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) is required