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6 months full time
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.
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.
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.
part time available in 2021
Assessment methods for this course include written activities, quizzes and oral and practical exercises.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|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|
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.
|Concession||Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$175||$250||$250|
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.
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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 19 November 2020. 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.
The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
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:
The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:
Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.
Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.
We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.
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