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Certificate III in Shearing

  • National Course Code: AHC32916
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC32916-01V01-21DUB-015

Location – Dubbo, Narromine Road

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

4.5 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This qualification covers occupational outcomes for shearing at the professional level. This requires a high standard of workmanship at a rate of at least 120 adult merino sheep or 140 adult crossbred sheep per day. The shearing industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

Job titles relevant to this qualification include:
Shearer - professional level

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

To be eligible to enrol in this qualification applicants must be able to demonstrate shearing skills and knowledge at Certificate II in Shearing level by completion of that certificate or by Recognition of Prior Learning.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be eligible to enrol in this course applicants must be able to demonstrate shearing skills and knowledge at Certificate II in Shearing level by completion of that certificate or by Recognition of Prior Learning.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

This is a flexible blended course. You will need to attend approximately 3.9 hours of class via block release, over 1 year. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 0.6 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 44.8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study and in shed skills.


This course offering is designed for people who:
This course was developed through extensive industry consultation with shearing contractors, pastoral companies and agricultural organisations. The aim of the course is to train participants to fill a skills shortage area in entry level employment in the Shearing industry.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

TAFE NSW will make every reasonable effort to ensure that it can accommodate a learners Language, Literacy and Numeracy needs. Support is based on a review of the applicants LLN skills through written tasks and a one-on-one interview and if deemed applicable, a meeting will be arranged to discuss the LLN assistance that TAFE NSW can provide to the learner, with a view to creating an individual training and learning plan that best addresses the learners LLN needs.
Every effort is made by TAFE NSW staff to ensure a successful outcome for enrolled learners. TAFE NSW offers a free tutorial support service to all TAFE NSW learners and further support services include

  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Library resources

Access to TAFE NSW library facilities and Library Guide. In-class handouts and / or additional reading materials to support learning as required.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is currently scheduled as block delivery - Students will be provided a timetable/program upon enrolment.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide PPE, covered in work boots and clothing appropriate to undertake shearing and crutching tasks. Stationery to undertake the qualification.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCSHG304 Shear sheep to professional level
AHCSHG305 Maintain consistent shearing performance
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
AHCSHG302 Prepare combs and cutters for machine shearing
AHCSHG303 Maintain and service shearing handpieces
AHCLSK331 Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
AHCSHG204 Shear sheep to improver level

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Shearer - professional level

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Course Location

Dubbo, Myall Street
Myall Street Campus, Dubbo
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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