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Racing (Trackwork Rider)

Certificate III in

Code: RGR30518

Overview

Campus

Epping, Eden Park at Northern Lodge

Duration

12 months full time

Duration

12 months full time

Next Intake

April

Next Intake

February

Kickstart your horse racing career

Set yourself up for a specialised career in horse racing with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider). Second only to the USA in thoroughbred horse population, Australia is a world leader when it comes to breeding, caring, grooming and exercising thoroughbreds. Melbourne Polytechnic is Victoria’s top provider of equine studies. In this course, you’ll develop the specialised skills and knowledge to flourish in this exciting industry.

Learn specialised equine skills from industry experts

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) is a nationally accredited course that will help you turn your passion for horses into a specialised trade. With the guidance of industry-experienced teachers, you’ll gain the skills to lead the field in the dynamic world of horse racing. Using a mixture of theoretical and practical exercises, you’ll learn about horse anatomy and physiology, horse handling and care, horse riding, track work and basic health and first aid for thoroughbreds. Melbourne Polytechnic students will train at the Northern Lodge Training Centre, our 320-hectare farm located just 40 minutes north of Melbourne in Eden Park. You’ll also gain industry insider knowledge about the equine and racing industry through our industry partnerships, including the Melbourne Racing Club Foundation.

Join a dynamic industry full of passionate professionals

Once you complete this course, you’ll be qualified to work as a trackwork rider, exercising thoroughbred horses under the instruction of a trainer. Melbourne Polytechnic’s well-regarded qualifications and industry connections will support your skills and dedication, and give you the opportunity to rise in this dynamic industry.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Once you complete this course, you’ll be qualified to work as a trackwork rider, exercising thoroughbred horses under the instruction of a trainer.
  • Trackrider

Pathways

Further study may lead you to a Bachelor of Equine Studies.

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

How you learn

  • Practical
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

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

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
ACMEQU205 APPLY KNOWLEDGE OF HORSE BEHAVIOUR Core 60
ACMEQU208 MANAGE PERSONAL HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR WORKING WITH HORSES Core 20
ACMGAS202 PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATIONS Core 20
BSBWHS201 CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY OF SELF AND OTHERS Core 20
HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID Core 18
MSMSUP280 MANAGE CONFLICT AT WORK Core 20
RGRCMN203 COMPLY WITH RACING INDUSTRY ETHICS AND INTEGRITY Core 50
RGRPSH201 HANDLE RACEHORSES IN STABLES AND AT TRACKWORK Core 80
RGRPSH202A ASSIST WITH TRANSPORTATION OF HORSES Core 20
RGRPSH205 PERFORM BASIC RIDING SKILLS IN THE RACING INDUSTRY Core 80
RGRPSH207 PERFORM RACING STABLE DUTIES Core 40
RGRPSH209 ATTEND HORSES AT RACE MEETINGS AND TRIALS Core 30
RGRPSH211 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY Core 40
RGRPSH301 IMPLEMENT STABLE OPERATIONS Core 30
RGRPSH302 SUPERVISE HANDLING OF HORSES Core 20
RGRPSH304 IDENTIFY FACTORS THAT AFFECT RACEHORSE FITNESS AND SUITABILITY TO RACE Core 100
RGRPSH306 DEVELOP BASIC TRACKWORK RIDING SKILLS Core 75
RGRPSH307 EXERCISE HORSES AT PACEWORK Core 75
RGRPSH308 PROVIDE FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY CARE FOR HORSES OR OTHER EQUINES Core 100
RGRPSH309 IMPLEMENT FEEDING PROGRAMS FOR RACEHORSES UNDER DIRECTION Core 20
RGRPSH310 PREPARE FOR SELF-MANAGEMENT IN RACING Core 40
RGRPSH404 RIDE HORSES AT TRACKWORK Core 75
RGRPSH405 RIDE HORSES IN JUMP OUTS Core 20
RGRPSH406 DEVELOP RIDING SKILLS FOR JUMP RACING Core 60
RGRPSH406 DEVELOP RIDING SKILLS FOR JUMP RACING Core 60
RGRPSH407 EDUCATE THOROUGHBRED HORSES FOR RACING Core 60
RGRPSH414 RIDE HORSES IN TRIALS Core 75
RGRPSH420 PARTICIPATE IN IMPLEMENTING RACEHORSE EXERCISE PROGRAMS Core 60

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$4700.00 - $11550.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

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

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Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to this course

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

Recognising Organisations

National