Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver) - RGR40318

Harness Racing Industry Training Centre Board of Management Inc

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are harness race drivers. They are independent professional sportspersons licensed by harness racing industry authorities to compete in industry-regulated competition.Their work requires a high degree of skill in handling large horses racing at speed and a thorough knowledge of the rules and legal procedures for the relevant racing code. As they are responsible for organising their own work and generating income they require skills in analysing information from a variety of sources, and the ability to compete with peers, market their services effectively and adhere to rules to maintain reputation and avoid fines or suspension. This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration in some states and territories. Users are advised to check with the relevant Principal Racing Authority for current requirements.


  • 25 units: 22 core
  • 3 elective


  • Set goals to improve racing performance
  • Participate in racing protests and inquiries
  • Drive horses in trials
  • Undertake and promote career management
  • Work effectively in the horse racing industry
  • Perform basic driving tasks
  • Respond to emergency situations
  • Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • Identify factors that affect racehorse fitness and suitability to race
  • Attend horses at race meetings and trials
  • Participate in media interviews for racing
  • Drive horses in races
  • Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business
  • Comply with racing industry ethics and integrity
  • Prepare to drive jog work
  • Drive horses in pacework and fast work
  • Prepare for race driving
  • Prepare for self-management in racing
  • Organise finances for the micro business
  • Organise workplace information
  • Maintain financial records
  • Provide first aid
  • Develop driving skills for trackwork
  • Handle racehorses in stables and at trackwork
  • Manage personal health and fitness for working with horses
  • Deal with conflict
  • Process accounts payable and receivable

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Flemington No
Junortoun Domestic: $10,987
International: $10,987
  • Full-time : 40 weeks
Melton Domestic: $10,987
International: $10,987
  • Full-time : 40 weeks

Fee comments

Campuses: Junortoun, Melton.

Eligible students may receive government funding to undertake the course.

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