National code: AHC41316

Certificate IV in Wool Classing

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Overview About this course

Develop the skills to become a professional wool classer registered with the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX). Build your career in wool handling and wool clip preparation and be part of a prestigious and profitable industry.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Manage shearing and crutching operations

  • Class wool to industry code of practice standards

  • Prepare wool clips for sale

  • Liaise with woolgrowers and brokers to determine classing strategies

  • Implement and monitor quality assurance processes

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Represent TAFE NSW and compete in the Australian Wool classing championship at the prestigious Sydney Royal Easter show

  • Prepare and class wool samples purchased from industry

  • Document classed wool clips in online systems like Wool Clip

  • Become eligable to apply to become a professional wool classer and register with the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX)

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Access to a commercial shearing shed to complete the on-the-job training

  • Literacy, reading and writing skills at a year 10 level

  • Knowledge of the wool industry

  • The ability to work away from home and in different environments

  • The ability to handle the physical demands of the job

  • The ability to work as part of a team

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Effective communication skills

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: registered wool classer, wool brokers as wool area managers or stock agents, wool store workers and farm or station management.


Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Wool Classing allows you to apply for registration with the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) as a professional Australian Wool classer and hold an Australian Wool Classers Stencil.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Wool Classing qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 units of competency, including 14 core and 0 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Establish work routines and manage wool harvesting and preparation staff AHCWOL404

  • Determine wool classing strategies AHCWOL401

  • Plan, implement and review wool harvesting and clip preparation AHCWOL403

  • Appraise wool using industry descriptions AHCWOL301

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