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Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

Code: RGR30518

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Overview

Campus
Duration

25 weeks full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February

Kickstart your horse racing career with a Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) RGR30518

Set yourself up for a specialised career in horse racing with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) RGR30518. 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 out on the race course.

Learn specialised equine skills from industry experts

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) RGR30518 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 in a racing course setting, 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 the Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) RGR30518, 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 the Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) RGR30518 take me?

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

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

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Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus

Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute.

Class Schedule

Monday to Thursday.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods for this course include observation and written assessment.

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 Elective 60
ACMEQU208 MANAGE PERSONAL HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR WORKING WITH HORSES Core 20
ACMGAS202 PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATIONS Elective 20
BSBWHS201 CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY OF SELF AND OTHERS Core 20
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective 18
MSMSUP280 MANAGE CONFLICT AT WORK Elective 20
RGRCMN203 COMPLY WITH RACING INDUSTRY ETHICS AND INTEGRITY Core 50
RGRPSH201 HANDLE RACEHORSES IN STABLES AND AT TRACKWORK Core 80
RGRPSH202 ASSIST WITH TRANSPORTATION OF HORSES Elective 20
RGRPSH205 PERFORM BASIC RIDING SKILLS IN THE RACING INDUSTRY Core 80
RGRPSH207 PERFORM RACING STABLE DUTIES Elective 40
RGRPSH209 ATTEND HORSES AT RACE MEETINGS AND TRIALS Core 30
RGRPSH211 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY Core 40
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
RGRPSH309 IMPLEMENT FEEDING PROGRAMS FOR RACEHORSES UNDER DIRECTION Elective 20
RGRPSH404 RIDE HORSES AT TRACKWORK Core 75

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1060 $5300 $13050
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1235 $5550 $13300
Per year $
Per semester $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 2021. 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.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

You must have riding boots.

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 from the Apply Now page.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, 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 Tuition Payments Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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