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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkNovember 29, 2015
License Title: Racing Worker/Riverboat Gambling Worker

License Description: All persons participating in any capacity in a race meeting or with an excursion gambling boat are required to obtain and maintain a license from the Commission. A list of various positions that exist can be found under "Fees." Individual job descriptions can be obtained by contacting the racing or gaming facility of interest. Generally, these positions fall into one of three categories:

1) operational jobs, including food service, bartenders, janitorial workers (non-gaming) and others;
2) those who are directly involved with gaming or who handle monies, such as cage cashiers, mutuel tellers, slot workers, change sellers, etc.; or,
3) key positions such as management, directors, auditors, surveillance experts, etc.

The administrator may require other related employees to obtain occupational licenses.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa, Chapter 99D and 99F

Requirements for License:All positions require an extensive background check of the applicant (felonies, tickets, fingerprints, drugs, theft, etc.) performed by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The Commission charges each applicant applying for licensure a fee set by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and by the Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Investigation and Bureau of Identification to cover costs associated with the search and classification of fingerprints. Once a license is issued, there is no refund. This fee is in addition to any other license fee charged by the Commission.

Most of the training requirements for applicants wishing to work at a racing or gambling facility are provided on-the-job for the individual position. Some offer a six-week "Dealer School" training. Larger sites may offer in-house training on various topics, such as:
- Security
- Customer Service
- Diversity
- Alcohol Awareness
- Supervision
- Sexual Harassment
- Violence in the Workplace
Applicants must be 21 years of age to serve alcoholic beverages. Positions exist for people as young as 16 (e.g., leading the dogs into the cages before races). According to Iowa law, persons between the ages of 18 to 21 may work in some jobs on casino floors, but must be off those floors immediately after their shift ends.

Facility managers seek honest, dependable, well-groomed people who are skilled in handling cash and serving customers (as most positions do interface with the public). For other jobs, strength and endurance are needed for lifting. Positions of greater responsibility that may require experience and/or education include managers, directors, accountants, human resource personnel, surveillance experts, auditor, etc.

There are no continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

$10 License Fee (Non-Gaming Positions) (Application or Renewal)
Groom Racing Personnel Owner (Racing animal)
Vendor Employee Jockey Pony Rider
Apprentice Jockey Kennel Helper Trainer
Assistant Trainer Practicing Veterinarian
Exercise Rider Farrier

$20 License Fee (Gaming Positions) (Application or Renewal)
Non-Profit Board Member Contract Kennel Owner Owner/Trainer
Assistant Trainer/Owner Exercise/Pony Rider Track Official

$50 License Fee (Application or Renewal)
Key Employee Owner/For-Profit Board of Director

Duration: Two Years
Renewal: Same as for the original license; no additional fee for fingerprinting.
Other: $40 - Fingerprint Fee (in addition to any original license fee)

When:There are no examination requirements, however, first time trainers will be required to take a trainer's test administered by the Commission.

License Authority:
Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission

717 E Court St Ste B
Des Moines IA 50309
Phone: 5152817352

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