This unit of competency supports the learner in gaining knowledge of the structure, employment areas, general work conditions and associated work procedures of racing and related industries.
Competencies attained in this unit apply to the greyhound, harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently when performance criteria are applied they will relate to the greyhound, harness or thoroughbred code, and statements of attainment for this unit will reflect this distinction.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Research the structure of the racing industry.
1. Sectors of the racing industry are described.
2. Structure of racing in each sector is outlined.
3. Functional areas within each racing sector are identified.
Profile racing employment opportunities and related responsibilities.
4. Number of people employed in racing is investigated.
5. General work conditions in functional areas of racing are described.
6. Job responsibilities in essential racing job functions are outlined.
7. Employment opportunities in racing-related industries are investigated.
Explore race day opportunities.
8. Range of race day operations is described.
9. Role of stewards in race day operations is explained.
10. Methods used to ensure integrity of racing are outlined.
11. Race day safety procedures are identified.
applying basic research methods to determine subject matter
communicating with racing officials, licensed and registered personnel and other relevant people using assertive communication techniques to gather, interpret and relay information related to the conduct and operation of racing
following direction in different work situations, including when accessing restricted areas
maintaining confidentiality when accessing licensed premises or restricted areas
operating a range of equipment and technology
organising thoughts and information in a systematic manner
reading and interpreting workplace documentation, including rules of racing
relating to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities.
employment areas within the racing industry
employment areas in jobs allied to racing
ethical and unethical conduct in racing
general work conditions in the racing industry
procedures for operation and maintenance of equipment and technology
protocols and procedures for communicating with stewards, racing officials and other relevant persons
race meeting operations and staff roles
rules of racing
structure and hierarchy of the racing industry.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:
knowledge of requirements, procedures and instructions that demonstrate an understanding of the structure of racing and the job opportunities available
implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe, effective and efficient investigation of racing and racing-related job opportunities
working with others to complete tasks that meet required outcomes.
Evidence should be gathered over a period of time in a range of racing sectors and include dealings with an appropriate range of situations.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Competency must be assessed in racing workplaces that provide access to the required resources. Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints. It is to comply with relevant regulatory requirements or Australian Standards requirements.
Assessment of the practical components of this unit will be by observation of relevant skills.
The following resources must be available:
a range of racing sector work sites, such as administration buildings, racing kennels, racing stables, racetracks and race meetings
materials and equipment relevant to assessing candidate's ability to investigate racing and related job opportunities, including:
internet and racing websites
racing magazines and related publications
work instructions and related documentation.
Method of assessment
Assessment methods must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Racing Training Package.
The suggested strategies for the assessment of this unit are:
written and/or oral assessment of candidate's required knowledge
observed, documented and firsthand testimonial evidence of candidate's application of practical tasks.
Evidence is required to be demonstrated over a period of time, therefore where performance is not directly observed any evidence should be authenticated by supervisors or other appropriate persons.
This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role.
Guidance information for assessment
Assessment methods should reflect workplace demands (e.g. literacy and numeracy demands) and the needs of particular target groups (e.g. people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people with a language background other than English, youth and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds).
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.
The range statement provides details of how this competency can be used in the workplaces of the racing industry to investigate job opportunities in racing and related industries. Workplaces include greyhound kennels, harness and thoroughbred stables as well as greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racecourses, training tracks, administration buildings and public areas.
Sectors that make up the racing industry include:
Structure of the racing industry includes:
horse or greyhound training establishments (public and private trainers)
national and state governing bodies for each racing code
race club organisations
racing organisations, such as trainers' associations.
Functional areas of racing include:
race day operations
steward and integrity services
Racing-related industries include:
breeding studs or kennels
building and construction, including:
feed, supplement and medication suppliers
kennel supplies and services
massage and other complementary therapists
saddlery and gear suppliers
veterinary services, including:
Roles in race day operations will include:
clerk of scales
clerk of course
mobile barrier driver
photo finish operator
race club secretary
race meeting veterinarian
race meeting farrier
scribe or shorthand writer
trainer, stable and kennel staff
Integrity of racing is managed by:
determining and awarding penalties when rules of racing are contravened
establishing and applying rules of racing
investigating racing-related incidents
licensing or registering participants
overseeing integrity of services staff
overseeing racing by stewards and integrity services staff.
Race day safety procedures may include:
allocation of security staff
designation of restricted areas
identification of race day licensed or registered persons
provision of first aid staff and equipment
race meeting under control of stewards
race start under control of starter
safely moving around horses or greyhounds in stables or kennels and on or near tracks
stable or kennel area supervision.
Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes
This unit contains employability skills.
Refer to Unit Descriptor