Get set for a career in horse racing with specialist trackriding skills that could take you around Australia. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider) will develop your skills and knowledge in the care, grooming and exercising of thoroughbreds.
MRC Foundation Rider Scholarship Application Form
The MRC Foundation Melbourne Polytechnic Rider Scholarships have been funded by the MRC, for up to 12 students to participate in the Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider) program in 2017-18. For more information download and submit an application form.
Take your career by the reins
This nationally accredited course will give you the skills to lead the field in the dynamic world of horse racing. You’ll learn about:
- horse anatomy and physiology
- 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 at Eden Park.
This course can be taken with the Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand).
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
You will be qualified to work as a trackrider, exercising thoroughbred horses under the instruction of a trainer.
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
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
Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. 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
Assessment MethodsAssessment methods for this course include written activities, oral activities, written and oral tests, practical exercises, and projects.
MaterialsWe’ll provide you with a list of required books and materials at the start of the course.
Entrance RequirementsWhile there are no specific entry requirements to this course, it is preferred that you have successfully completed the Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) and have basic literacy and numeracy skills
Pathways to further studyFurther study may lead you to an Associate Degree or Bachelor of Equine Studies
Career PathwaysA career as a trackrider is just the start. Further study could lead to other possibilities in the equine industry, including working as a stablehand, 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|
|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|
|RGRPSH202A||ASSIST WITH TRANSPORTATION OF HORSES||20|
|RGRPSH205A||PERFORM BASIC RIDING TASKS||50|
|RGRPSH206A||DEVELOP RIDING SKILLS FOR FLATWORK||50|
|RGRPSH207A||PERFORM STABLE DUTIES||40|
|RGRPSH208A||ATTEND HORSES AT TRACKWORK||30|
|RGRPSH301A||IMPLEMENT STABLE OPERATIONS||30|
|RGRPSH304A||IDENTIFY FACTORS THAT AFFECT RACEHORSE PERFORMANCE||100|
|RGRPSH306A||DEVELOP BASIC TRACKWORK RIDING SKILLS||75|
|RGRPSH307A||EXERCISE HORSES IN PACEWORK||75|
|RGRPSH309A||IMPLEMENT FEEDING PROGRAMS FOR RACEHORSES UNDER DIRECTION||20|
|RGRPSH404A||RIDE HORSES AT TRACKWORK||75|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.