Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
The Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) course comprises the following units of study within the training:
26 core units, 3 electives
||Develop riding skills for flatwork
||Develop basic trackwork riding skills
||Ride horses at trackwork
||Exercise horses in pacework
||Ride horses in jump outs
||Ride horses in trials
||Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals
||Prepare for race riding
||Ride horses in races
||Participate in media interviews for racing
||Identify factors that affect racehorse performance
||Prepare for self-management in racing
||Educate thoroughbred horses for racing
||Manage principles of sports science for jockeys
||Deal with conflict
||Set goals to improve racing performance
Certificate II Stablehand units that form part of the Cert IV Jockey Qualification
||Apply first aid
||Communicate in the workplace
||Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols
||Manage personal health and fitness
||Follow OHS procedures observe environmental work practices
||Achieve requirements for industry induction
||Assist with transportation of horses
||Perform basic riding tasks
||Perform stable duties
||Attend horses at trackwork
||Attend horses at race meetings and trials
VCE, VCAL and Further Education
As athletes in all sports have to make a decision about how long they are able to compete, Racing Victoria is committed to providing athletes with the opportunity and support to complete their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and further education whilst balancing the demands of the Apprentice Jockey Training Program.
All school-aged athletes are expected to continue and complete their secondary school education whilst completing the Apprentice Jockey Training Program. School is attended as per normal and arrangements are to be made in consultation with the school, family, nominated trainer and Racing Victoria with regards to attendance.
Every athlete has unique requirements in regards to their education, so methods of completion will vary for everyone. Support is provided by Racing Victoria to ensure each athlete completes the schooling that is appropriate to their individual strengths and needs.
The VCE is the credential awarded to secondary school students who successfully complete high school level studies (Year 11 and 12 or equivalent). If a student does not intend to proceed to tertiary education, a 'satisfactory' result is all that is required to graduate with the VCE. If a student does wish to study at a tertiary level then they will require an ATAR. In order to gain an ATAR a student must satisfactorily complete three units of any subject in the English field (at least one English field subject is compulsory) and 16 units in any other subjects.
Study for the VCE is usually completed over two years, but it can be spread over a longer period in some cases where negotiated.
The VCAL is a hands-on option for Year 11 and 12 students, offering practical work-related experience and learning. Like the VCE, VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate and is also offered at TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutes and a number of adult and community education centres.
Students who complete the VCAL can choose several career options, including: transferring to the VCE certificate; going to TAFE; doing an apprenticeship or traineeship; and starting a job once school has finished.
Racing Victoria encourages its apprentices to complete further education, whether it is at a TAFE or University level and provides assistance to find and enrol in appropriate courses. Contact Melissa Weatherley for further information.
Melissa Weatherley is Racing Victoria’s Athlete and Careers Development Manager. She also leads the AJTP team and works closely with the apprentices, their families, trainers and the schools to ensure the best educational and careers outcomes and support for the athlete.
Exercise Research Australia (ERA)
As a professional athlete, your body and the way you maintain it significantly impacts your performance outcomes. As such, it should be your priority to ensure your body is in optimal physical condition to meet and exceed the demands of your sport.
Through understanding the fundamental components required for athletic development, you will have a better understanding and appreciation of what is required to excel as a jockey. At ERA, you will have access to the high-performance facilities as well as industry experts in sports science, accredited exercise physiology and strength and conditioning. This will provide you with the essential tools to develop your individualised program and gain feedback from high-performance specialists.
Throughout your journey, you will:
- Complete a needs analysis for race riding
- Develop your own long term athlete development plan
- Undertake performance testing and exercise prescription
- Learn how to manage your injuries through rehabilitation or pre-habilitation
- Understand basic nutrition demands for race riding
- Complete performance and wellness diaries to track your progression
- Perform high-performance training sessions within our elite athlete facility
- Have your own sport science intern to assist with maximising your performance