Commissioner's Information Bulletin 684

Racing - Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Date of effect: 25 October 2019

In this new Commissioner's Information Bulletin the Horse Breeding qualification has transitioned from the ACMv3.0 Animal Care and Management training package to the RGRv3.0 Racing and Breeding Training Package.

Traineeship vocation established:

Additionally, the traineeship vocation Racing Services – Track Maintenance is varied to include the non-equivalent Certificate III in Racing Services to enable the Track Maintenance stream.

Traineeship vocation varied

  • Racing Services - Track Maintenance
    • RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (stream - track maintenance)
  • Racing Services - Administration Integrity
    • RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (stream – administration)
  • Racing Services - Steward
    • RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (stream - cadet steward)

The RGRv3.0 Racing and breeding Training Package was updated in September 2019.

Superseded Bulletin

This Commissioner’s Information Bulletin supersedes Bulletin 676.

Qualifications, structure and packaging

Transition arrangements

Competency based completion

Industrial arrangements

School based traineeships

Licensing and regulatory arrangements

Registered training organisations

Funding arrangements

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

Enquiries

To sign up an apprentice or trainee call 1300 363 83. To find a job in an apprenticeship or traineeship search here.

For implementation of new pathways in relation to this Training Package profile please contact Melissa Wortman NSW AgriFood ITAB Mobile: 0421 830 056.

David Collins
The Commissioner for Vocational Training


Job descriptions

Apprenticeship

Certificate IV apprentices will learn to operate as a jockey and compete in industry-related events in the thoroughbred racing code.

Jockeys are independent professional athletes who ride racehorses at race meetings, barrier trials and trackwork. Most are independent contractors offering their riding services to compete in racing industry regulated industry race meetings with some retained by racing stables. A jockey possess the highest level of race riding skills, requiring a high degree of decision-making skill and reaction time during races, and the ability to exercise judgement when choosing mounts and assessing horse form.

This qualification reflects the requirement for jockeys to identify and advice on factors that affect racehorse performance; give advice on horse ability, fitness and progress; observe rules of racing and industry policies and guidelines; communicate with racing industry officials and media and take instruction and advice from trainers and owners. It covers the knowledge required to perform on a daily basis at a specific bodyweight and peak fitness and business skills required for self-employment to enable jockeys to market their services, and manage personal finances and business operations.

Traineeships

Certificate II trainees will learn to undertake a broad range of tasks related to the care and welfare of greyhounds. They will learn to care for the animals, including feeding, grooming, exercising and transporting them. They will also learn to keep the environment safe, clean and hygienic. Racing greyhounds can easily injure themselves or their handlers. Trainees learn to exercise a duty of care to the animal, handlers and general public.

They work under direct supervision on most occasions but are also able to act autonomously in certain situations that require solutions to a limited range of problems as part of a team.

Certificate IV trainees will learn to operate a business that trains greyhounds under racing industry regulated licensing criteria for the purpose of competing in industry-related events in the greyhound racing code.

This qualification covers the care, maintenance and performance of greyhounds and the tasks and duties associated with running a racing establishment, including managing staff, finances and equipment. Trainers are responsible for planning and organising their own work, leading others and carrying out often complex and non-routine tasks.

Jobs at Certificate III in Horse Breeding level focus on horse breeding competencies including oestrus detection, mare mating and horse artificial insemination, caring for pregnant females and foaling down mares. Job roles include horse breeding and stud farm operation. Trainees will learn to:

  • work and safely handle horses in relevant industries
  • provide basic care of horses such as feeding and transporting
  • apply knowledge of horse behaviour
  • perform daily tasks in the horse industry including stud operational procedures
  • maintain and monitor horse health, including injury and disease
  • carry out mating procedures and artificial insemination including collection and storage
  • working with a range of horses and accessing their suitability for specific uses
  • knowledge and demonstration of riding techniques for avoiding falls and reducing and minimising the impact of falls
  • the process of maintaining horse hooves in premium condition using farriery tools

Certificate IV trainees will learn to operate a business that trains horses under racing industry regulated licensing criteria for the purpose of competing in industry-regulated events in the harness or thoroughbred racing codes.

This qualification covers the care, maintenance and performance of racehorses and the tasks and duties associated with running a racing establishment, including managing staff, finances and equipment. Trainers are responsible for planning and organising their own work, leading others and carrying out often complex and non-routine tasks.

Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently, when performance criteria are applied they will related to the harness or thoroughbred code.

Certificate II trainees will be provided with an introduction to the racing industry and allows for specialisation in sectors or roles including stablehand (harness or thoroughbred). Trainees will learn to handle racehorses in stables and at trackwork, assist with transportation of horses, attend horses at race meetings and trails and perform racing stable duties.

Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently, when performance criteria are applied they will related to the harness or thoroughbred code.

Certificate III trainees will learn to work as a stablehand in charge of daily operations in a harness or thoroughbred racing stable where they will care for racehorses. The stablehand works to the delegated instructions of a trainer who has overall responsibility for operations. They work in a stable environment directing and coordinating one or more stablehands or managing operations independently, depending on the size of the stable, and are permitted under the rules of racing to act for the trainer. They are required to work autonomously, use judgement, interpret information, apply solutions to various problems and take responsibility for operations and outputs.

Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently, when performance criteria are applied they will related to the harness or thoroughbred code.

Certificate III trainees will learn to work as trackwork riders to exercise thoroughbred horses on the instruction of a trainer in the racing industry.

Trackwork riders require high level riding skills to exercise racehorses at various paces. They must be able to interpret and implement trainer's instructions and communicate information about racehorse fitness and performance accurately to the trainer. Trackwork riders work independently with limited supervision in a defined range of varied contexts that may be complex or non-routine.

Certificate II trainees will be provided with an introduction to the racing industry and allows specialisation in sectors or roles including racing administration. Trainees will learn to deliver a service to customers, process and maintain workplace information, use business technology and write simple documents.

Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to harness and throughbred codes of the industry. Consequently, when performance criteria are applied they will related to the harness or greyhound or thoroughbred code.

Certificate III trainees will learn a broad range work responsibilities within regulatory and integrity services operations within the greyhound, harness or thoroughbred racing codes. The Racing Administration specialisation covers general office administration conducted under racing-specific protocols and procedures.

Within this qualification trainees are responsible for organising their own work within known routines, often requiring well-developed decision making and problem-solving skills and a high degree of confidentiality and discretion in their job functions. Knowledge of the rules of racing, racing protocols, animal welfare and duty of care requirements is considered essential.

Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to greyhound, harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently, when performance criteria are applied they will related to the greyhound or harness or thoroughbred code.

Certificate IV trainees will learn to work in compliance and integrity service operations in the greyhound, harness or thoroughbred racing codes. Specialist roles of integrity officials with responsibilities for investigations, compliance and intelligence who require an extensive knowledge of the rules of racing, administrative law, racing protocols, animal welfare, safety and duty of care requirements.

Learners need strong organisational skills and the ability to analyse and evaluate information and apply the rules of racing and administrative law to resolve routine, non-routine and at time complex situations.

Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to greyhound, harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently, when performance criteria are applied they will related to the harness or greyhound or thoroughbred code.

Diploma trainees will learn to work in regulatory and integrity service operations in the greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes. Specialist roles of integrity officials with responsibilities for investigations, compliance and intelligence who require an extensive knowledge of the rules of racing, administrative law, racing protocols, animal welfare, safety and duty of care requirements.

Learners need strong organisational skills and the ability to analyse and evaluate information and apply the rules of racing and administrative law to resolve routine, non-routine and at time complex situations.

Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to harness, greyhound and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently, when performance criteria are applied they will related to the harness or greyhound or thoroughbred code.

Certificate III trainees will learn a broad range work responsibilities within regulatory and integrity services operations within the greyhound, harness or thoroughbred racing codes. The Cadet Steward specialisation covers duties required to assist stewards in race and non-race day activities.

Within this qualification trainees are responsible for organising their own work within known routines, often requiring well-developed decision making and problem-solving skills and a high degree of confidentiality and discretion in their job functions. Knowledge of the rules of racing, racing protocols, animal welfare and duty of care requirements is considered essential.

Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to greyhound, harness and thoroughbred codes of the industry. Consequently, when performance criteria are applied they will related to the greyhound, harness or thoroughbred code.

 

Certificate II trainees will be provided with an introduction to the racing industry and allows for specialisation in sectors or roles including track maintenance (harness or thoroughbred). Trainees will learn to apply chemicals under supervision, maintain properties and structures, operate vehicles and operate machinery and equipment.

Certificate III trainees will specialise in sectors or roles including track maintenance (harness or thoroughbred). Trainees will learn to apply chemicals under supervision, maintain properties and structures, operate vehicles and operate machinery and equipment

Competencies attained in the units packaged for this qualification will apply to harness and throughbred codes of the industry. Consequently, when performance criteria are applied they will related to the harness or thoroughbred code.


Apprenticeship

Racing - Jockey - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 August 2009
Updated 17 August 2018
Qualification RGR40218 Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
Term of apprenticeship Full time:
  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Probationary period

3 months

Traineeships

Racing - Greyhound Attendant - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 7 February 2014
Updated 17 August 2018
Qualification RGR20117 Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)

Term of traineeship

Full time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

RGR20117 Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

2 months

Racing - Greyhound Trainer - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 August 2009
Updated 17 August 2018
Qualification RGR40418 Certificate IV in Racing (Greyhound Trainer)

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • RGR40418 Certificate IV in Racing (Greyhound Trainer) by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR40418 Certificate IV in Racing (Greyhound Trainer) where the trainee holds RGR20117 Certificate II in Racing (Greyhound)
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Racing - Horse Breeding - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 25 October 2019
Qualification RGR30619 Certificate III in Horse Breeding

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • RGR30619 Certificate III in Horse Breeding by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR30619 Certificate III in Horse Breeding where the trainee holds the ACM20217 Certificate II in Horse Care
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR30619 Certificate III in Horse Breeding where the trainee holds the RGR20218 - Certificate II in Racing Industry
    • 16 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

3 months

Racing - Racehorse Trainer - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 August 2009
Updated 17 August 2018
Qualification RGR40118 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • RGR40118 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) by direct entry
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR40118 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) where the trainee holds RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) or RGR30218 Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand)
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Racing - Stablehand - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 August 2009
Updated 17 August 2018
Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full time:

  • RGR20218 Certificate II Racing Industry (Stablehand)
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR30218 Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR30218 Certificate III in Racing (Stablehand) where the trainee holds RGR20218 Certificate II Racing Industry
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

RGR20218 Certificate II Racing Industry

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

2 months

Racing - Trackrider - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 August 2009
Updated 17 August 2018
Qualification RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR30518 Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider) where the trainee holds RGR20218 Certificate II Racing Industry
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

2 months

Racing Services - Administration Integrity - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 August 2009
Updated 25 October 2019
Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full time:

  • RGR20218 Certificate II in Racing Industry (Administration)
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (Racing Administration) by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (Racing Administration) where the trainee holds RGR20218 Certificate II in Racing Industry
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR40518 Certificate IV in Racing Integrity by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR40518 Certificate IV in Racing Integrity where the trainee holds RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR50218 Diploma of Racing Integrity Management by direct entry
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR50218 Diploma of Racing Integrity Management where the trainee holds RGR40518 Certificate IV in Racing Integrity Services
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

RGR20218 Certificate II in Racing Industry (Administration)

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Racing Services - Steward - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 August 2009
Updated 25 October 2019
Qualifications RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (Cadet Steward)

Terms of traineeships

Full time:

  • RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (Cadet Steward) by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (Cadet Steward) where the trainee holds RGR20218 Certificate II in Racing Industry
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months

Racing Services - Track Maintenance - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 August 2009
Updated 25 October 2019
Qualifications RGR20218 Certificate II in Racing Industry (Track Maintenance)
RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (Track Maintenance)

Terms of traineeships

Full time:

  • RGR20218 Certificate II in Racing Industry (Track Maintenance)
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (Track Maintenance) by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • RGR30419 Certificate III in Racing Services (Track Maintenance) where the trainee holds RGR20218 Certificate II in Racing Industry
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

RGR20218 Certificate II in Racing Industry
The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
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