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Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)

National Course Code: RGR40208

TAFE NSW Course Number: RGR40208R2-01V01

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Full Fee: $11,640
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  • Government Subsidised
  • Apprenticeship

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If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at Western Sydney Institute.

This qualification reflects the role of independently employed persons who are responsible for organising their own work.
A jockey is an independent professional sportsperson licensed by thoroughbred racing industry authorities to compete in industry-regulated competition. The jockey contracts riding services on a daily basis to owners and trainers. A jockey possesses the highest level of race riding and horse handling skills, which require application of problem solving skills to unpredictable problems. As some of a jockey's income is derived from percentages of prize money, the jockey must compete with peers to obtain the best mounts. This requires marketing and communication skills and the ability to operate autonomously in the choice of mounts, trainers and venues.
A jockey is required to exhibit a high degree of decision-making skill during races, to exercise judgement when choosing mounts and to have an ability to assess form and discriminate between mounts. The communication of performance and fitness of the horse to trainers and owners at the end of a race is a critical part of the jockey's role. This requires in-depth understanding of anatomy, physiology and health of the horse applied in the context of a competitive environment.
The occupation of jockey is one of a few where there is an absolute restriction on the weight of the participant, a requirement for a high degree of physical fitness and a constant reliance on performance to obtain income.
It is also an occupation where non-adherence to rules or poor performance can result in fines or suspensions from riding. Consequently, knowledge of rules and legal procedures is essential and the ability to defend reputation and livelihood in stewards' inquiries is an important requirement for a jockey. As racing is conducted at a wide range of local, national and international venues, a jockey is required to identify, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

It is prerequisite of this qualification that Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider) is course complete. To be eligible to enrol in this course you must currently be licenced as an apprentice Jockey with Racing NSW.

For all enquiries please contact Karlene Triffitt, Head Teacher on 02 4570 9202 or Kim Williams on 02 4570 9041 at the Australian Racing & Equine Academy, Richmond College, TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

Licensing considerations
This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration in some states and territories. Refer to your state or territory Principal Racing Authority for advice.
This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Jockey for a thoroughbred racing stable.

Pathways into the qualification
RGR30108 Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider)

RGRCMN003A Manage personal health and fitness
RGRPSH205A Perform basic riding tasks
RGRPSH306A Develop basic trackwork riding skills
RGRPSH413A Prepare for race riding
SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations
RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices
RGRPSH206A Develop riding skills for flatwork
RGRPSH307A Exercise horses in pacework
RGRPSH414A Ride horses in trials
SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict
HLTFA301B Apply first aid
RGRCMN402A Participate in media interviews for racing
RGRPSH208A Attend horses at trackwork
RGRPSH404A Ride horses at trackwork
RGRPSH417A Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals
BSBITU203A Communicate electronically
RGRCMN202A Achieve requirements for industry induction
RGRPSH207A Perform stable duties
RGRPSH310A Prepare for self-management in racing
RGRPSH415A Ride horses in races
PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace
RGRPSH201A Handle horses
RGRPSH209A Attend horses at race meetings and trials
RGRPSH405A Ride horses in jump outs
RGRPSH418A Set goals to improve racing performance
RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols
RGRPSH202A Assist with transportation of horses
RGRPSH304A Identify factors that affect racehorse performance
RGRPSH407A Educate thoroughbred horses for racing
RGRPSH419A Manage principles of sports science for jockeys

The above list includes units being offered at this campus and that are required to complete this qualification. Other colleges may offer different elective options. For some courses the electives will not be listed however they will be discussed during your first class. Please see www.tafensw.edu.au for the full list of elective units available within this course.

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 870 for further information and advice.

Non-government subsidised fee$11,640

Apprenticeships: To be eligible for the Smart and Skilled Apprentice fee you must be a registered Apprentice.

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Start Date: Enrol anytime


This program is for Apprentices working in the racing industry and is on-the-job supported by workplace assessment.

To enrol in this course, please use the Enrol option. or Contact Karlene Triffitt, Head Teacher on 02 4570 9202 or Kim Williams on 02 4570 9041 at the Australian Racing & Equine Academy at TAFE NSW Richmond College.


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