Assistant Trainer & Trainer Testing

This is a service that the HBPA of Ontario provides in order to promote career development opportunities for individuals working in the thoroughbred horse racing industry.

Those interested in writing the Assistant Trainer or Trainer test must have at least five years experience working on the backstretch. Once a candidate has submitted the complete application, it then goes to the Trainer’s Testing Committee for review. Please note that the application form must be submitted three weeks prior to the scheduled test date.

The candidate’s application is reviewed by the Committee and is assessed on the merits of the candidate’s history and experience. Approved candidates are then informed that they are eligible for testing. We recommend that all those approved to write the tests pick up a copy of the AGCO’s Rules of Thoroughbred racing and the CPMA’s Schedule of Drugs booklets; which are available at our track offices or on the AGCO and CPMA’s websites.

There are three tests:

  • Practical (Hands On) Test
  • Rules Test – 50 Multiple Choice questions
  • Horsemanship Test – 50 Multiple Choice questions

Test dates are selected at the beginning of the racing season by the Trainer’s Testing Committee.

AT and Trainer Test dates for 2017
All applications due three weeks prior to the test dates
Application Date Test Date  
March 8th, 2017 March 22nd, 2017  
April 5th, 2017 April 26th, 2017  
 May 17th, 2017 June 7th, 2017  
 July 5th, 2017 July 26th, 2017  
 September 6th, 2017 September 27th, 2017  

For applications for either test click applicable form: Assistant Trainer and Trainer.

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