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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Equine Racing (Level 4) with strands in Thoroughbred Racing Jockey, Harness Driver/Trainer, and Harness Racing Driver
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 85 - 105
Subject Area
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies » Agriculture » Animal Husbandry
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the equine racing industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to either ride thoroughbred racehorses or drive standardbred horses.

The qualification is stranded to reflect the specialist skills required to ride in the thoroughbred racing industry, drive/train standardbred horses in the harness racing industry, and drive standardbred horses at raceday in the harness racing industry.

This qualification is targeted at people who have previous experience handling horses in the equine industry and who wish to further develop their skills either as jockeys, harness driver/trainers, or harness racing drivers.

Graduates will benefit by having a qualification that provides recognition of their skills and a pathway to further qualifications in the thoroughbred or harness racing industries.

The industry will benefit from this qualification by having qualified jockeys, harness drivers/trainers, or harness racing drivers who are able to contribute effectively and professionally in the racing sector.

Graduates will be capable of working under broad guidance.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Communicate effectively with clients, trainers, media, raceday officials, and track personnel
- Manage personal financial transactions for racing purposes

Graduates of the Thoroughbred Racing Jockey strand will also be able to:
- Apply skills and knowledge to effectively ride thoroughbred racehorses at trials and raceday

Graduates of the Harness Driver/Trainer strand will also be able to:
- Prepare, implement, and monitor a plan for standardbred training from breaking and gaiting to driving at trials

Graduates of the Harness Racing Driver strand will also be able to:
- Prepare, implement, and monitor a plan for standardbred training from breaking and gaiting to driving on raceday
Education pathways
The Harness Driver/Trainer and Harness Racing Driver strands of this qualification build on from the Harness Racing Stable Assistant strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3) with strands in Harness Racing Stable Assistant, Thoroughbred Raceday Strapper, Thoroughbred Racing Track Rider, and Sporthorse Stable Assistant [Ref: 2376].

The Thoroughbred Racing Jockey strand of this qualification builds on from the Thoroughbred Racing Track Rider strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3) [Ref: 2376].

This qualification can lead to the Racing Stable Foreman strand of the New Zealand Diploma in Equine Management (Level 5) with strands in Broodmare Manager, Yearling Manager, Stallion Manager, and Racing Stable Foreman [Ref: 2380].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification may be employed as jockeys, harness driver/trainers, or harness racing drivers depending on the strand completed.

On completion of the Thoroughbred Racing Jockey strand of this qualification, graduates may apply to become licensed jockeys.

On completion of the Harness Racing Driver strand, graduates may apply to become licensed harness racing drivers.

With further work experience and study, graduates may gain employment as racing stable foremen.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
All outcomes in this qualification require aspects of workplace health and safety which should be considered as part of the assessment process.

The behaviours that contribute to compliance with workplace procedures, and general observation, reporting, and/or recording are inherent in the performance of the qualification's outcomes and must be considered as part of the assessment process.

Jockeys are required to work according to the New Zealand Rules of Racing of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Inc.

In order to obtain a raceday licence, jockeys must meet the requirements of the New Zealand Rules of Racing. Graduates may be able to apply for a jockey's licence on completion of the qualification.

Harness Driver/Trainers and Harness Racing Drivers are required to work according to the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing of the Harness Racing New Zealand Inc.
Education Organisation Primary Industry Training Organisation
Developed By Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2374
Status Current
Created November 2014
Last Date For Entry December 2023
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