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 2018
All applications due three weeks prior to the test dates
Application Date Test Date  
March 8th, 2018 March 21st, 2018  
April 4th, 2018 April 25th, 2018  
 May 16th, 2018 June 6th, 2018  
 July 4th, 2018 July 25th, 2018  
 September 5th, 2018 September 26th, 2018  

Applications for Assistant Trainer and Trainer Testing will be made available shortly.

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