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 horse racing career with skills that could take you around Australia.
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:
- stable duties
- horse transportation
- race meetings and trials
Benefit from hands-on training at Northern Lodge Training Centre 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
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 includes written and oral activities and tests, practical exercises and projects.
CampusesEPPING, Northern Lodge
DepartmentAgriculture and Animal Studies
3 days per week for 4 months
Class Schedule: *
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor
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 annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
MaterialsWe 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 RequirementsYou must have basic literacy and numeracy skills
Pathways to further studySuccessful 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 PathwaysA 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
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.
|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|
|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.