Courses

Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider)

Get set for a career in horseracing 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.

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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 2016-17. 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 and our industry-recognised commercial thoroughbred stud farm 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

Employment outcomes

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

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

Contact

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

Local Students

Code

RGR30108

Campuses

EPPING, Northern Lodge

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months


Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - 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:$2300
Ineligible:$5800
Concession:$460
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

Assessment Methods

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

Materials

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

Entrance Requirements

While 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 study

Further study may lead you to an Associate Degree or Bachelor of Equine Studies

Career Pathways

A 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

Enrolment Intake

  • February

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
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
RGRPSH201A HANDLE HORSES 70
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.