As athletes in all sports have to make a decision about how long they are able to compete, apprentices will also be supported to undertake further education and training to prepare for and transition to a career post riding from day one.
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

RGRPSH206A Develop riding skills for flatwork
RGRPSH306A Develop basic trackwork riding skills
RGRPSH404A Ride horses at trackwork
RGRPSH307S Exercise horses in pacework
RGRPSH405A Ride horses in jump outs
RGRPHS414A Ride horses in trials
RGRPSH417A Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals
RGRPSH413A Prepare for race riding
RGRPSH415A Ride horses in races
RGRCMN402A (elective) Participate in media interviews for racing
RGRPSH304A Identify factors that affect racehorse performance
RGRPSH310A Prepare for self-management in racing
RGRPSH407A Educate thoroughbred horses for racing
RGRPSH419A Manage principles of sports science for jockeys
SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict
RGRPSH418A (elective) Set goals to improve racing performance

Certificate II Stablehand units that form part of the Cert IV Jockey Qualification

HTLFA301B Apply first aid
PUACOM001B Communicate in the workplace
BSBITU203A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols
RGRCMN003A Manage personal health and fitness
RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures observe environmental work practices
RGRCMN202A Achieve requirements for industry induction
RGRPSH201A Handle horses
RGRPSH202A Assist with transportation of horses
RGROSH205A Perform basic riding tasks
RGRPSH207A Perform stable duties
RGRPSH208A Attend horses at trackwork
RGRPSH209A 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.

Further Education
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
Contact Us

For further information:

Ron Hall

Alf Matthews

Brooke Meehan

 Darren Gauci