Qualification details

RGR40308 - Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver) (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to RGR40302 - Certificate IV in Racing (Advanced Harness Driver) 23/Sep/2008
Is superseded by and equivalent to RGR40318 - Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver)Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Reduction of core units from 22 to 16 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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RGRPSH418A - Set goals to improve racing performanceSet goals to improve racing performanceSupersededElective
RGRPSH410A - Prepare for race drivingPrepare for race drivingSupersededCore
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidSupersededCore
RGRCMN003A - Manage personal health and fitnessManage personal health and fitnessDeletedCore
SISXEMR201A - Respond to emergency situationsRespond to emergency situationsSupersededElective
RGRPSH403A - Educate harness horses for racingEducate harness horses for racingSupersededCore
RGRPSH310A - Prepare for self-management in racingPrepare for self-management in racingSupersededCore
RGRPSH201A - Handle horsesHandle horsesSupersededCore
RGRCMN201A - Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practicesFollow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practicesDeletedCore
RGRPSH209A - Attend horses at race meetings and trialsAttend horses at race meetings and trialsSupersededCore
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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 Harness Driver,Harness Trackwork Driver 

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Updated superseded equivalent units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 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.

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 five (25) units made up of twenty two (22) 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

RGRPSH203A Perform basic driving tasks

RGRPSH204A Prepare to drive jog work

RGRPSH207A Perform stable duties

RGRPSH208A Attend horses at trackwork

RGRPSH209A Attend horses at race meetings and trials

RGRPSH304A Identify factors that affect racehorse performance

RGRPSH305A Develop driving skills for trackwork

RGRPSH310A Prepare for self-management in racing

RGRPSH402A Drive horses in pacework and fast work

RGRPSH403A Educate harness horses for racing

RGRPSH410A Prepare for race driving

RGRPSH411A Prepare to drive horses in trials

RGRPSH412A Prepare to drive horses in races

RGRPSH417A Participate in protests, inquiries and appeals

HTLFA301B Apply first aid

PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace


RGRCMN402A Participate in media interviews for racing

RGRPSH418A Set goals to improve racing performance

RGRPSH420A Participate in implementing racehorse exercise programs

BSBITU203A Communicate electronically

SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations

SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict