Investigate job opportunities in racing and related industries

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to understand the structure of the racing industry, as well as employment opportunities in the racing industry and industries closely associated or linked to racing.This unit of competency operates in workplace environments of racing administration, stables, kennels, racecourses and public areas. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


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.

Required Skills

Required skills

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.

Required knowledge

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.

Evidence Required

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).

Range Statement

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:

racing administration

race day operations

steward and integrity services

track maintenance

training operations.

Racing-related industries include:

bloodstock agents

breeding studs or kennels

building and construction, including:



farrier services

feed, supplement and medication suppliers

float drivers

kennel supplies and services

massage and other complementary therapists

saddlery and gear suppliers

transport services

veterinary services, including:


veterinary nurses.

Roles in race day operations will include:

barrier attendant

clerk of scales

clerk of course


kennel supervisor

lure drive

mobile barrier driver

photo finish operator

race caller

race club secretary

racecourse detective

race meeting veterinarian

race meeting farrier

scribe or shorthand writer



swab attendant

trainer, stable and kennel staff

track maintenance.

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

evacuation instructions

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.


Unit Sector

Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor