There are a range of Jockey Training courses offered. All jockeys, Amateur, Apprentice/Conditional and professional are required to pass a licence course.
Once jockeys have obtained a licence they are required to complete an annual one day Continuation/Advanced course as they progress during their career, below are a list of the current Jockey Training Courses.
Apprentice/Conditional Licence Course (Flat and Jump)
The first stage in becoming a Jockey is to be employed full time by a Trainer. Subject to their approval and the passing of a pre-licence assessment the applicant will then be able to attend the Apprentice/Conditional Licence Course in order to obtain a Jockey licence. The ten day course will provide attendees with detailed training on the wide variety of skills required to be a professional jockey. As well as extensive technical and physical training, attendees will also experience enhanced sessions on nutrition, personal development and lifestyle skills as well as media training and an introduction to the structure of the racing industry.
Apprentice/Conditional Continuation/Advanced One Day Course (Flat and Jump)
This course is designed to build on the skills learnt on the Apprentice/Conditional Licence Course, with content varying by current weight claim. The annual training day is held regionally in the main training centres, the course aims to ensure targeted and structured professional development for inexperienced jockeys and sits alongside the Jockey Coaching Programme, which provides further support.
Amateur Rider Permit
As an alternative to riding as a professional jockey, individuals may apply for an Amateur Riders Permit, many current professional jockeys started their career as an amateur jockey. There are two types of Amateur Rider Permit; Category A Amateur Permit holders may ride in races confined to Amateur jockeys on the flat and over fences. Category B Permit holders may ride in Flat Races confined to Amateur Riders, Steeplechase or Hurdle Races, except those confined to Licensed Conditional Jockeys, and in all National Hunt Flat Races.
To obtain either of the Amateur Rider Permits a short course at either The British Racing School or Northern Racing College must be completed.
As a professional jockey you have access to training in media broadcast techniques and interview skills.This training course will help you to develop and maximise your communication skills and shows you how to deal with the pressures of handling the press.
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