Courses

Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand)

Do you dream of working with horses? Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) will give you the practical experience and knowledge to work as a thoroughbred stablehand. Get off to a great start in your horseracing career with skills that could take you around Australia.

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Bolt from the gates to your racing career

This course will train you to be among the best in the dynamic world of horse racing. You’ll learn about:

  • trackwork
  • stable duties
  • grooming
  • horse transportation
  • race meetings and trials

Benefit from hands-on training at Northern Lodge Training Centre, our state-of-the-art commercial thoroughbred stud farm at Eden Park.

Industry connections and resources

Learn from our staff of leading horse-racing experts, including:

  • licensed jockey, Cameron Quilty
  • industry renowned horse behaviour specialist, Jonathan McLean
  • riding instructor Debbie Jones, who has 30 years teaching experience, Debbie Jones

Employment outcomes

You will be qualified to work as a stablehand at stables or stud farms.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Assessment

Assessment includes written and oral activities and tests, practical exercises and projects.

Contact

For any additional information on the Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand), please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

Local Students

Code

RGR20108

Campuses

EPPING, Northern Lodge

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 4 months
3 days per week for 4 months

Class Schedule: *

Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$2350
Ineligible:$2800
Concession:$470
Materials:$70

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

View 2016 Fees

Materials

We provide most riding equipment, such as helmets and riding safety vests. You will need riding or Blundstone boots and practical clothing that’s suitable for riding.

We’ll provide you with a list of required books and materials at the start of the course

Entrance Requirements

You must have basic literacy and numeracy skills

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of this course will enable you to enrol in the RGR30208 Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand) or the RGR30108 Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider). Further study may lead you to an Associate Degree or Bachelor of Equine Studies

Career Pathways

A career as a stablehand is just the start. Further study could lead to other possibilities in the equine industry, including working as a trackrider, or in a range of enterprises, including:
  • equestrian sports management
  • stud and stable assistant management
  • yearling or stallion management

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July
  • Midyear

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
HLTFA301B APPLY FIRST-AID 18
PUACOM001C COMMUNICATE IN THE WORKPLACE 30
RGRCMN001A COMPLY WITH THE RULES OF RACING AND RELATED PROTOCOLS 40
RGRCMN002A INVESTIGATE JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN RACING AND RELATED INDUSTRY 10
RGRCMN201A FOLLOW OH&S PROCEDURES AND OBSERVE ENVIRONMENTAL WORK PRACTICES 40
RGRCMN202A ACHIEVE REQUIREMENTS FOR INDUSTRY INDUCTION 30
RGRPSH201A HANDLE HORSES 70
RGRPSH202A ASSIST WITH TRANSPORTATION OF HORSES 20
RGRPSH205A PERFORM BASIC RIDING TASKS 50
RGRPSH207A PERFORM STABLE DUTIES 40
RGRPSH208A ATTEND HORSES AT TRACKWORK 30
RGRPSH209A ATTEND HORSES AT RACE MEETINGS AND TRIALS 30
RGRPSH302A SUPERVISE HANDLING OF HORSES 20
RGRPSH309A IMPLEMENT FEEDING PROGRAMS FOR RACEHORSES UNDER DIRECTION 20

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.