Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)

This qualification reflects the role of independently employed persons who are responsible for organising their own work.

A jockey is an independent professional sportsperson licensed by thoroughbred racing industry authorities to compete in industry-regulated competition. The jockey contracts riding services on a daily basis to owners and trainers. A jockey possesses the highest level of race riding and horse handling skills, which require application of problem solving skills to unpredictable problems. As some of a jockey's income is derived from percentages of prize money, the jockey must compete with peers to obtain the best mounts. This requires marketing and communication skills and the ability to operate autonomously in the choice of mounts, trainers and venues.

A jockey is required to exhibit a high degree of decision-making skill during races, to exercise judgement when choosing mounts and to have an ability to assess form and discriminate between mounts. 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 jockey's role. This requires in-depth understanding of anatomy, physiology and health of the horse applied in the context of a competitive environment.

The occupation of jockey is one of a few where there is an absolute restriction on the weight of the participant, 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 and the ability to defend reputation and livelihood in stewards' inquiries is an important requirement for a jockey. As racing is conducted at a wide range of local, national and international venues, a jockey is required to identify, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.


Packaging Rules

Completion of twenty nine (29) units made up of twenty six (26) core units and three (3) elective units.


add topic RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols

add topic RGRCMN003A Manage personal health and fitness

add topic RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices

add topic RGRCMN202A Achieve requirements for industry induction

add topic RGRPSH201A Handle horses

add topic RGRPSH202A Assist with transportation of horses

add topic RGRPSH205A Perform basic riding tasks

add topic RGRPSH206A Develop riding skills for flatwork

add topic RGRPSH207A Perform stable duties

add topic RGRPSH208A Attend horses at trackwork

add topic RGRPSH209A Attend horses at race meetings and trials

add topic RGRPSH304A Identify factors that affect racehorse performance

add topic RGRPSH306A Develop basic trackwork riding skills

add topic RGRPSH307A Exercise horses in pacework

add topic RGRPSH310A Prepare for self-management in racing

add topic RGRPSH404A Ride horses at trackwork

add topic RGRPSH405A Ride horses in jump outs

add topic RGRPSH407A Educate thoroughbred horses for racing

add topic RGRPSH413A Prepare for race riding

add topic RGRPHS414A Ride horses in trials

add topic RGRPSH415A Ride horses in races

add topic RGRPSH417A Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals

add topic RGRPSH419A Manage principles of sports science for jockeys

add topic HTLFA301B Apply first aid

add topic PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

add topic SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict


add topic RGRCMN402A Participate in media interviews for racing

add topic RGRPSH406A Develop riding skills for jumping racing

add topic RGRPSH416A Perform trial and race jumping riding skills

add topic RGRPSH418A Set goals to improve racing performance

add topic BSBITU203A Communicate electronically

add topic SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations


    Pathways into the qualification

    RGR30108 Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider)

    Pathways from the qualification

    RGR50108 Diploma of Racing (Racehorse Trainer)

    Licensing considerations

    This qualification is required for industry licensing and registration in some states and territories. Refer to your state or territory Principal Racing Authority for advice.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Job roles

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Qualification pathways

Licensing Information

Refer to Pathways Information

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


listening and understanding

speaking clearly and directly

writing to the needs of the audience

negotiating responsively

reading independently


using numeracy effectively

understanding the needs of internal and external customers

persuading effectively

establishing and using networks

being assertive

sharing information

speaking and writing in languages other than English


working across different ages irrespective of gender, race, religion or political persuasion

working as an individual and as a member of a team

knowing how to define a role as part of the team

applying teamwork to a range of situations e.g. futures planning and crisis problem solving

identifying the strengths of team members

coaching and mentoring skills, including giving feedback


developing creative, innovative and practical solutions

showing independence and initiative in identifying and solving problems

solving problems in teams

applying a range of strategies to problem solving

using mathematics, including budgeting and financial management to solve problems

applying problem-solving strategies across a range of areas

testing assumptions, taking into account the context of data and circumstances

resolving customer concerns in relation to complex project issues

Initiative and enterprise

adapting to new situations

developing a strategic, creative and long-term vision

being creative

identifying opportunities not obvious to others

translating ideas into action

generating a range of options

initiating innovative solutions

Planning and organising

managing time and priorities - setting time lines, coordinating tasks for self and with others

being resourceful

taking initiative and making decisions

adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies

establishing clear project goals and deliverables

allocating people and other resources to tasks

planning the use of resources, including time management

participating in continuous improvement and planning processes

developing a vision and a proactive plan to accompany it

predicting - weighing up risk, evaluating alternatives and applying evaluation criteria

collecting, analysing and organising information

understanding basic business systems and their relationships


having a personal vision and goals

evaluating and monitoring own performance

having knowledge and confidence in own ideas and visions

articulating own ideas and visions

taking responsibility


managing own learning

contributing to the learning community at the workplace

using a range of mediums to learn - mentoring, peer support and networking, IT and courses

applying learning to technical issues (e.g. learning about products) and people issues (e.g. interpersonal and cultural aspects of work)

having enthusiasm for ongoing learning

being willing to learn in any setting - on and off the job

being open to new ideas and techniques

being prepared to invest time and effort in learning new skills

acknowledging the need to learn in order to accommodate change


having a range of basic IT skills

applying IT as a management tool

using IT to organise data

being willing to learn new IT skills

having the OHS knowledge to apply technology

having the appropriate physical capacity