Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver)
This qualification reflects the role of independently employed persons who are responsible for organising their own work and the outputs generated, and are able to identify, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
The harness race driver is an independent professional sportsperson licensed by harness racing industry authorities to compete in industry-regulated competition. A high degree of skill in handling large animals racing at speed is required of a harness driver and income depends on competition with peers and marketing services effectively. Knowledge of rules and legal procedures is essential.
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 harness driver's role. This requires understanding of anatomy, physiology and health of the horse, and the application of problem solving skills to unpredictable situations.
Harness driving is an occupation where non-adherence to rules or poor performance can result in fines or suspension. Consequently, knowledge of rules and legal procedures is essential and the ability to defend reputation and livelihood in stewards' inquiries is important.