Qualification details

RGR40208 - Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to RGR40202 - Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) 23/Sep/2008
Is superseded by RGR40218 - Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages Entry requirements added Changes to core and elective units to reflect role requirements 04/Jul/2018

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 22/Jan/2013
(View details for release 1) 24/Sep/2008

Units of competency

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RGRPSH419A - Manage principles of sports science for jockeysManage principles of sports science for jockeysCore
RGRPSH418A - Set goals to improve racing performanceSet goals to improve racing performanceElective
RGRPSH416A - Perform trial and race jumping riding skillsPerform trial and race jumping riding skillsElective
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidCore
RGRCMN003A - Manage personal health and fitnessManage personal health and fitnessCore
SISXEMR201A - Respond to emergency situationsRespond to emergency situationsElective
RGRPSH310A - Prepare for self-management in racingPrepare for self-management in racingCore
RGRPSH206A - Develop riding skills for flatworkDevelop riding skills for flatworkCore
RGRPSH201A - Handle horsesHandle horsesCore
RGRPSH406A - Develop riding skills for jumping racingDevelop riding skills for jumping racingElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 452413 Jockey 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3993-11 Jockey 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0921 Sport And Recreation 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Racing Industry 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Jockey,Thoroughbred Fast Work Rider,Apprentice Jockey 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 452413 Jockey 24/Sep/2008 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3993-11 Jockey 24/Sep/2008 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0921 Sport And Recreation 24/Sep/2008 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 24/Sep/2008 
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Modification History


TP Version 




Updated superseded equivalent units



Initial release


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.

Pathways Information

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 

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Pathways Information

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements 

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Qualification pathways 

Employability Skills Summary


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
  • empathising
  • 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

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

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


RGRCMN001A Comply with the rules of racing and related protocols

RGRCMN003A Manage personal health and fitness

RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices

RGRCMN202A Achieve requirements for industry induction

RGRPSH201A Handle horses

RGRPSH202A Assist with transportation of horses

RGRPSH205A Perform basic riding tasks

RGRPSH206A Develop riding skills for flatwork

RGRPSH207A Perform stable duties

RGRPSH208A Attend horses at trackwork

RGRPSH209A Attend horses at race meetings and trials

RGRPSH304A Identify factors that affect racehorse performance

RGRPSH306A Develop basic trackwork riding skills

RGRPSH307A Exercise horses in pacework

RGRPSH310A Prepare for self-management in racing

RGRPSH404A Ride horses at trackwork

RGRPSH405A Ride horses in jump outs

RGRPSH407A Educate thoroughbred horses for racing

RGRPSH413A Prepare for race riding

RGRPSH414A Ride horses in trials

RGRPSH415A Ride horses in races

RGRPSH417A Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals

RGRPSH419A Manage principles of sports science for jockeys

HLTFA301B Apply first aid

PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict


RGRCMN402A Participate in media interviews for racing

RGRPSH406A Develop riding skills for jumping racing

RGRPSH416A Perform trial and race jumping riding skills

RGRPSH418A Set goals to improve racing performance

BSBITU203A Communicate electronically

SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations