Training Options

National Certificate in Equine (Stable Procedures) (Level 3)

With strands in harness racing stable assistant, thoroughbred racing stable assistant and thoroughbred racing track rider

Duration: 17 - 19 months

Suitable for people involved with horses in supervised roles as harness racing stable assistants, thoroughbred racing stable assistants and thoroughbred racing track riders.

At the end of this qualification you will:

  • Have knowledge and skills involved with care of the horse and saddlery
  • Have knowledge of horse health, ill health, anatomy and conformation
  • Be able to prepare for travel, exercise, handling and feeding
  • Have knowledge of bringing a horse back into work and letting down
  • Have knowledge of procedures used for horse exercise and the skills involved with working safely.

National Certificate in Equine (Breeding) (Level 3)

Duration: 17 - 19 months

Suitable for people with some experience in the equine industry who want to develop the skills and knowledge required to work as stud assistants under supervision.

At the end of this qualification you will:

  • Have the skills to care for paddocked horses
  • Know how to groom a horse, clean stables, analyse horse feed
  • Be able to recognise health and ill health in horses
  • Know how to deal with an emergency situation involving horses
  • Be able to help foal a mare
  • Be able to prepare yearlings for sales and attend sales. 

National Certificate in Equine (Racecourse Maintenance) (Level 3)

With strands in harness racing and thoroughbred racing

Duration: 17 - 19 months

Suitable for people entering the industry as racecourse caretakers with limited equine industry experience.

At the end of this qualification you will:

  • Have the skills to supervise horses working on the racetrack
  • Be able to prepare and maintain the race club facility before, during and after a race meeting
  • Be able to deal with an emergency involving horses
  • Be able to drive wheel tractors and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
  • Be able to clean stables
  • Apply information computer technology
  • Catch and prepare a horse for exercise
  • Maintain hand tools, small engines, and irrigation systems
  • Have knowledge of the racing industry judicial system
  • Have knowledge of weeds and their control

National Certificate in Equine (Racecourse Management) ( Level 4)

With strands in harness racing and thoroughbred racing

Duration: 36 months

Suitable for people with experience in the equine industry seeking to advance a career as a racecourse manager.

At the end of this qualification you will:

  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to the management and maintenance of a racecourse track, equipment and its facilities
  • Preparing racecourses for trial and race meetings
  • Be able to managing resources, projects and employment relationships
  • Be able to demonstrate people and business management skills, computer skills, knowledge of industry specific judicial processes and give oral presentations to an audience.

National Certificate in Equine (Level 4)

With strands in thoroughbred jockey and thoroughbred advanced track rider

Duration: 36 months

Suitable for jockey’s and self-employed track work riders.

At the end of this qualification you will:

  • Have the skills to care for a horse, clean and maintain saddlery
  • Be able to identify health, ill health, common ailments and lameness
  • Be able to Prepare for travel, and care for horses in short-term accommodation
  • Know how to prepare for exercise, handling and feeding
  • Know how to bring a horse back into work and letting down
  • Have knowledge of horse anatomy, horse feed analysis, emergency care, and a career in the equine industry
  • Have knowledge of horse gear and procedures used for horse exercise.

Jockey Strand

The Jockey strand recognises the skills to exercise thoroughbred racehorses in an exercise saddle, ride thoroughbred horses in pacework on public training tracks, in barrier practice, at jump outs, in fastwork, at Official Trials to obtain a race day licence, and on race day seek race day rides, attend to horses at the races and handle during swabbing. Holders of the qualification with this strand will also have knowledge of nutritional requirements for a jockey, the racing industry judicial system, thoroughbred racing industry structure and judicial system, racetrack bylaws and problem gambling and drug use in the racing industry.