Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) - RGR40218

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 licensed to operate as a jockey and compete in industry-regulated events in the thoroughbred racing code.Jockeys are independent professional athletes who ride racehorses at race meetings, barrier trials and trackwork. Most are independent contractors offering their riding services to compete in racing industry regulated race meetings, with some retained by racing stables. A jockey possesses the highest level of race riding skills, requiring a high degree of decision-making skill and reaction time during races, and the ability to exercise judgement when choosing mounts and assessing horse form.The qualification reflects the requirement for jockeys to identify and advise on factors that affect racehorse performance; give advice on horse ability, fitness and progress; observe rules of racing and industry policies and guidelines; communicate with racing industry officials and media, and take instruction and advice from trainers and owners. It covers the knowledge required to perform on a daily basis at specific bodyweight and peak fitness and business skills required for self-employment to enable jockeys to market their services, and manage personal finances and business operations.This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration in some states and territories. Refer to the relevant state or territory Principal Racing Authority for current requirements.


  • Set goals to improve racing performance
  • Participate in racing protests and inquiries
  • Manage principles of sports science for jockeys
  • Undertake and promote career management
  • Educate thoroughbred horses for racing
  • Prepare for race riding
  • Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • Develop riding skills for jumping racing
  • Ride horses at trackwork
  • Perform trial and race jumping riding skills
  • Participate in media interviews for racing
  • Ride horses in races
  • Develop basic trackwork riding skills
  • Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business
  • Ride horses in trials
  • Prepare for self-management in racing
  • Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditions
  • Organise finances for the micro business
  • Organise workplace information
  • Exercise horses in pacework
  • Maintain financial records
  • Provide first aid
  • Ride horses in jump outs
  • Model the responsibilities of an elite athlete
  • Design an athlete's diet
  • Process accounts payable and receivable

Standard entry requirements

To commence this qualification an individual must:have completed RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)ordemonstrated skills and experience in riding and handling thoroughbred horses commensurate with the Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider).

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Flemington Domestic: $11,302
International: $11,302
Junortoun No
Melton No

Fee comments

Campuses: Flemington.

Eligible students may receive government funding to undertake the course.

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