Certificate IV in Racing - Jockey

Western Sydney Institute, TAFE NSW

This qualification is part of the Racing Training Package. It is for people who want to work as a jockey for a thoroughbred racing environment. As a jockey they will possess the highest level of race riding and horse handling skills, as well as a high degree of decision-making skills, to exercise judgement during races when choosing and assessing mounts. Jockeys must also communicate the performance and fitness of the horse to trainers and owners at the end of a race, which requires in-depth understanding of anatomy, physiology and horse health in the context of a competitive environment. There is an absolute restriction on the weight of jockeys, 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. As racing is conducted at a wide range of local, national and international venues, students will be required to identify, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

Entry Requirements:

Year 10 or equivalent; or industry experience.


29 units: 26 core; 3 elective

Subjects you can Study:

Core: Apply first aid; Manage personal health and fitness; Develop riding skills for flatwork; Attend horses at trackwork; Develop basic trackwork riding skills; Prepare for self-management in racing; Ride horses in jump outs; Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals; Deal with conflict; plus more. Electives: Communicate electronically; Participate in media interviews for racing; Set goals to improve racing performance; plus more.

Study Pathways:

Certificate IV in Racing - Racehorse Trainer

Further information:

Depending on units chosen, students may exit early with the Certificate III in Racing - Trackrider.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00591E

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Richmond No info No
Western Sydney Institute is one of the largest Institutes of TAFE NSW. It provides job training to more than 90,000 students in around 1000 vocational areas. Western Sydney Institute has campuses in ten locations in western Sydney, and a facility for distance education located in Strathfield in Sydney's inner west.

The Institute has entry level courses for people looking to start their education, Certificate to Advanced Diploma level courses for people looking for career-related skills, and short courses for people looking to advance their careers. Additionally, it has credit transfer arrangements with universities for people looking to go on to or return from university.

Provider CRICOS: 00591E

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