Course code: 900-83126

Statement of Attainment in Basic Sheep Shearing

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Overview About this course

Start your sheep shearing adventure by learning how to handle, catch, position and crutch sheep as a beginner. Whether you're new or revisiting, this course imparts safe crutching methods, underscores animal welfare, and highlights teamwork in the shearing shed.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Identify and comply with animal welfare standards

  • Prepare handpieces and downtubes for machine shearing

  • Prepare combs and cutters for crutching and shearing

  • Perform crutching

  • Follow workplace health and safety protocols

  • Work in a team environment in the shearing shed

Course outcomes

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

  • A nationally accredited Statement of Attainment

  • A pathway to further study in shearing

  • Experience handling sheep in a safe and ethical manner

  • Knowledge of animal welfare practices

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.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • You must wear enclosed footwear and work clothing that covers your body during the course and assessments.

Entry recommendations

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

  • A strong work ethic

  • A reasonable level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the role

  • The ability to work as part of a team

  • A willingness to travel and spend time away from home

  • A willingness to work in remote areas

  • Vaccination against Q fever and other zoonotic diseases

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: novice shearer, wool handler, wool presser, sheep 'penner-up' and sheep farmhand.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Statement of Attainment in Basic Sheep Shearing does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

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

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.

  • Apply animal welfare principles to handling and husbandry of livestock AHCLSK217

  • Crutch sheep AHCSHG201

  • Prepare handpiece and downtube for machine shearing AHCSHG206

  • Undertake basic shearing and crutching AHCSHG210

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

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