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 RGR40218 Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) course comprises the following units of study:

RGRPSH310 Prepare for self-management in racing
RGRPSH405 Ride horses in jump outs
RGRPSH407 Educate TB horses for racing
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
BSBSMB305 Comply with regulatory, taxations and ins requirements for the micro business
RGRPSH418 Set goals to improve race performance
RGRPSH415 Ride horses in races
RGRPSH422 Promote and maintain business arrangements with racehorse owners
BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
RGRCMN305 Participate in racing protests and inquiries
RGRCMN402 Participate in media interviews for racing

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

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.

Lisa Hocking is Racing Victoria’s Workforce Capability 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

Lisa Hocking

Darren Gauci