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Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
National Course Code: RGR40208
TAFE NSW Course Number: RGR40208R2-01V01
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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.
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)
||Manage personal health and fitness
||Perform basic riding tasks
||Develop basic trackwork riding skills
||Prepare for race riding
||Respond to emergency situations
||Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices
||Develop riding skills for flatwork
||Exercise horses in pacework
||Ride horses in trials
||Deal with conflict
||Apply first aid
||Participate in media interviews for racing
||Attend horses at trackwork
||Ride horses at trackwork
||Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals
||Achieve requirements for industry induction
||Perform stable duties
||Prepare for self-management in racing
||Ride horses in races
||Communicate in the workplace
||Attend horses at race meetings and trials
||Ride horses in jump outs
||Set goals to improve racing performance
||Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols
||Assist with transportation of horses
||Identify factors that affect racehorse performance
||Educate thoroughbred horses for racing
||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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