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Certificate II in Wool Handling

National Course Code: AHC21416


Study the nationally accredited Certificate II in Wool Handling and
make your mark in the wool industry. Start your career as a roustabout or shearing shedhand with this entry-level qualification. You will learn to pen sheep and handle wool for work in a shearing shed or wool-classing program.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • To apply animal welfare principles to handling and husbandry of livestock
  • Sheep handling
  • Wool handling
  • How to assist in shearing and crutching
  • To work effectively in a team
  • How to apply the principles of work health and safety


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Have a good level of physical fitness
  • Enjoy working in an outdoor environment
  • Collaboration and communication skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • Strong foundation to continue your studies and grow your career

Career opportunities:

  • Wool handler
  • Roustabout
  • Shearing shedhand


Take your career further with:

  • Certificate III in Advanced Wool Handling
  • Certificate III in Wool Clip Preparation
  • Certificate IV in Wool Classing


Sorry, this course is not currently open for enrolments.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry:

  • Have a passion for learning new things
  • Have a good level of physical fitness
  • Like to work in an outdoor environment
  • Are prepared to travel between jobs and spend time away from home

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course your assessments will be:

  • Practical assessments: simulated and real-life workplace settings
  • Written assessments: quizzes and short answer questions

The Certificate II is an entry-level qualification that will provide you with the basic skills to gain employment as roustabout or wool handler, in a shearing team working in a wool shed.

The Certificate III in Wool Clip Preparation is a specialist wool classing qualification for owners who want to be classers. Successful completion of this course will enable you to apply for registration with Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) as an Owner Classer. You can also study the Certificate III as part of an apprenticeship.

The Certificate IV in Wool Classing focuses on the management and supervisory skills you need to become a professional wool classer and register with AWEX. Grow your knowledge and learn to prepare fleece for classing, press wool for clip, manage wool harvesting and determine wool classing strategies. You can also study the Certificate IV as part of an apprenticeship.

Gain hands on experience in the working tasks of a wool shed, including:

  • Knowledge of animal welfare principles
  • Penning sheep to industry standards
  • Handling wool to meet industry standards
  • Pressing wool into bales
  • Following workplace procedures
  • Applying of work health and safety processes

Learn in a simulated work environment with the layout and equipment you would find in a shearing/wool shed. We purchase our wool from the wool sales in Sydney so you can experience spinning capacity, tensile strength and breed.

Australia is the worlds number one producer of premium quality, fine wool. Wool production plays a crucial part in our economy and has done for 200 years.

Although drought impacts sheep numbers in Australia, the current high wool price means that there is a demand for people with wool handling skills.

The Australian wool industry is experiencing its highest prices for many years. As more people become environmentally aware and sustainability becomes a priority, the benefits of wool as a natural, durable, beautiful and sustainable fibre mean that demand continues to increase.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

Sorry, this course is not currently open for enrolments

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