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Certificate III in Wool Clip Preparation

National Course Code: AHC33016

Overview

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Wool Clip Preparation is the entry-level qualification you need to apply for an Owner Classer registration with the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX). In this course, you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to work as a wool classer on your property.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Appraise wool using industry descriptions
  • Class wool to industry standards
  • Document wool clips in preparation for sale
  • Implement and monitor quality assurance processes
  • Liaise with wool brokers to determine classing strategies

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • High level communication
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Organisational skills
  • Attention to detail

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate III qualification
  • Eligibility to register with the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) as an Owner Classer
  • Access to a strong industry in need of qualified wool classers

Career opportunities:

  • Farm or station manager
  • Wool area manager or stock agent
  • Wool broker
  • Wool store worker

GROW YOUR CAREER

Build on your expertise with these further study options:

  • Certificate IV in Wool Classing
  • Diploma of Agriculture
  • Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management

INDUSTRY DEMAND

According to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australia is one of the largest wool producers in the world. There is a shortage of skilled wool classers, despite the drought and lower sheep numbers, and this course appears on the NSW Skills List.

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Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • High level communication
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Organisational skills

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 you will undertake:

  • Practical skills assessments in simulated and/or real workplace settings
  • Theory based knowledge assessments

Practical assessments for wool shed skills and wool shed management are conducted under normal workplace conditions, either in a commercial shearing shed or in a simulated workplace environment.

The Certificate III in Wool Clip Preparation, covers the skills and knowledge needed to work in the wool industry as a wool broker, wool stock agent or farm or station manager. When you successfully complete this course, you will be eligible to apply to the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) to register as an Owner Classer. This allows you to class wool that is produced on your property.

The Certificate IV in Wool Classing builds on the knowledge gained in Certificate III, and prepares you for supervisory and management roles in the wool industry.

If you decide to continue your study with a Certificate IV in Wool Classing, you may receive credits for some of the subjects you completed in Certificate III.
Once you complete the Certificate IV in Wool Classing you are eligible to register with AWEX as a professional Wool Classer. This allows you to class wool produced on any property.

This course does not offer excursions, however students are required to gain practical skills working in a commercial shearing shed or simulated work environment.

You will gain hands-on experience:

  • Preparing and classing wool based on industry descriptions
  • Documenting classed wool clips in online systems such as WoolClip
  • Performing a variety of tasks in a commercial wool shed or a simulated workplace environment
  • Applying safe work practices

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Preparing facilities for shearing and crutching
  • Preparing wool based on its characteristics
  • Appraising wool using industry descriptions
  • Classing fleece wool
  • Maintaining work health and safety practices

You will build your practical skills working in a commercial shearing shed or a simulated workplace environment.

On-campus, you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, studios, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW locations.

Australia is one of the largest wool producers in the world. In fact, the value of Australian wool exports in 2016-17 is estimated to be around $3.615 billion.

The wool industry is experiencing an uplift in wool prices and there is a demand for qualified wool classes. Qualified wool classers are needed to work with shearing contractors in shearing sheds, with wool brokers as wool agents, and in farm management positions.

The wool industry is experiencing the highest prices for Australian wool for many years. This is being partially driven by the public demand for clothes to be made from natural fibre as people become more environmentally aware and understand the benefits of wool.

Despite the drought and lower sheep numbers, there is a shortage of skilled labour like wool classers. This course covers the skills and knowledge needed to work effectively as a wool classer.

When you complete this course, you will be eligible to apply to AWEX to register as an Owner Classer, allowing you to class wool that is produced on your property.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

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