Courses

Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

RGR30518

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 (Trackwork Rider) 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 (Trackwork Rider) program in 2019. 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

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.

Local Students

Code

RGR30518

Campuses

Epping, Northern Lodge

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 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

Modes of Delivery

Practical, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$4500
Ineligible:$11100
Concession:$900

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

Find out more on fees and charges

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 a 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
  • July

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
ACMEQU205 APPLY KNOWLEDGE OF HORSE BEHAVIOUR 60
ACMEQU208 MANAGE PERSONAL HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR WORKING WITH HORSES 20
ACMGAS202 PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATIONS 20
BSBWHS201 CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY OF SELF AND OTHERS 20
HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID 18
PSPGEN032 DEAL WITH CONFLICT 30
RGRCMN203 COMPLY WITH RACING INDUSTRY ETHICS AND INTEGRITY 50
RGRPSH201 HANDLE RACEHORSES IN STABLES AND AT TRACKWORK 80
RGRPSH202A ASSIST WITH TRANSPORTATION OF HORSES 20
RGRPSH205 PERFORM BASIC RIDING SKILLS IN THE RACING INDUSTRY 80
RGRPSH207 PERFORM RACING STABLE DUTIES 40
RGRPSH209 ATTEND HORSES AT RACE MEETINGS AND TRIALS 30
RGRPSH211 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY 40
RGRPSH301 IMPLEMENT STABLE OPERATIONS 30
RGRPSH302 SUPERVISE HANDLING OF HORSES 20
RGRPSH304 IDENTIFY FACTORS THAT AFFECT RACEHORSE FITNESS AND SUITABILITY TO RACE 100
RGRPSH306 DEVELOP BASIC TRACKWORK RIDING SKILLS 75
RGRPSH307 EXERCISE HORSES IN PACEWORK 75
RGRPSH308 PROVIDE FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY CARE FOR HORSES OR OTHER EQUINES 100
RGRPSH309 IMPLEMENT FEEDING PROGRAMS FOR RACEHORSES UNDER DIRECTION 20
RGRPSH310 PREPARE FOR SELF-MANAGEMENT IN RACING 40
RGRPSH404 RIDE HORSES AT TRACKWORK 75
RGRPSH405 RIDE HORSES IN JUMP OUTS 20
RGRPSH406 DEVELOP RIDING SKILLS FOR JUMPING RACING 60
RGRPSH407 EDUCATE THOROUGHBRED HORSES FOR RACING 60
RGRPSH414 RIDE HORSES IN TRIALS 75
RGRPSH420 PARTICIPATE IN IMPLEMENTING RACEHORSE EXERCISE PROGRAMS 60

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.