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Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)

Take your career by the reins and develop your skills and knowledge in all things equine with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand). We’ll help you to lead the field in a horseracing career that could take you around Australia.

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Harness your career potential

This nationally accredited course will develop your skills and knowledge in all aspects of racing. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • horse handling and care
  • horse riding and track work
  • basic health and first aid for thoroughbreds
  • the racing industry

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

This course can be taken with the Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider).

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

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 III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand), please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

RGR30208

Campuses

EPPING, Northern Lodge

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 8 months
3 days per week for 8 months International Students: 32 weeks.

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:$4800
Ineligible:$6250
Concession:$960
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

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Assessment Methods

Assessment methods for this course include written activities, oral activities, written and oral tests, practical exercises, and projects.

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. Mature-age students are encouraged to apply

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of this course will enable you to enrol in the Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider), or it may be studied in conjunction with this course. 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

International Students

Code

RGR30208

CRICOS Code

072399J

Campuses

EPPING

Duration

Full-time: 8 months
3 days per week for 8 months International Students: 32 weeks.

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

Entrance Requirements


Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or recognised equivalency

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods for this course include written activities, oral activities, written and oral tests, practical exercises, and projects.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6750
  • Tuition fees per year: $13500
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Pathways to further study

Successful completion of this course will enable you to enrol in the Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider), or it may be studied in conjunction with this course. 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
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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
BSBITU203A COMMUNICATE ELECTRONICALLY 20
HLTFA301B APPLY FIRST-AID 18
PRSSO323A LEAD SMALL TEAMS 20
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
RGRCMN003A MANAGE PERSONAL HEALTH AND FITNESS 20
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
RGRPSH207A PERFORM STABLE DUTIES 40
RGRPSH208A ATTEND HORSES AT TRACKWORK 30
RGRPSH209A ATTEND HORSES AT RACE MEETINGS AND TRIALS 30
RGRPSH301A IMPLEMENT STABLE OPERATIONS 30
RGRPSH302A SUPERVISE HANDLING OF HORSES 20
RGRPSH303A SUPERVISE TRANSPORTATION OF HORSES 40
RGRPSH304A IDENTIFY FACTORS THAT AFFECT RACEHORSE PERFORMANCE 100
RGRPSH308A PROVIDE FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY CARE FOR HORSES 100
RGRPSH309A IMPLEMENT FEEDING PROGRAMS FOR RACEHORSES UNDER DIRECTION 20
SRXEMR001A RESPOND TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS 18
SRXGRO002A DEAL WITH CONFLICT 10

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.