Certificate IV in Racing - Jockey

Rural Training Australia

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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $16,380

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.

Related Careers:

Campus Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
NORTHAMPTON - 223 Hampton Rd Full time 48 months
NORTHAMPTON - 223 Hampton Rd No Full time 48 months
Established in 2014, Rural Training Australia is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code: 50898) which provides accredited training and related courses to students in Australia. Rural Training Australia offers 7 courses across 2 study fields. Rural Training Australia courses are offered in 1 location. You can view their campus locations by clicking on the campus tab. If you would like to learn more about Rural Training Australia you can use the contact form listed on our page or you can visit the Rural Training Australia website directly at http://www.ruraltrainingaustralia.com.au.

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