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Certificate IV in Wool Classing

  • National Course Code: AHC41316
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC41316-01V01-20DUB-002

Location – Dubbo, Narromine Road

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2 Years

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

Course Details

Complete the nationally accredited Certificate IV in Wool Classing to become a professional wool classer registered with the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX). Build your career in shearing, wool handling and wool clip and be part of a prestigious and profitable industry.


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

  • Appraise wool and determine characteristics that effect final product value
  • Manage shearing and crutching operations
  • Class wool to industry code of practice standards
  • Prepare wool clips for sale
  • Liaise with wool growers and brokers to determine classing strategies
  • Work safely to meet WHS requirements
  • Implement and monitor quality assurance processes


Develop the personal qualities that will help you get ahead:

  • Leadership skills
  • High level communication skills
  • Team work and collaboration skills
  • Strong organisational skills


Be successful in this course and gain:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Eligibility to register as a professional wool classer
  • Job readiness to apply for supervisory and management roles


Complete this course and apply to become a professional wool classer and register with the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX).

Career opportunities:

  • Registered wool classer
  • Wool brokers - as wool area managers or stock agents
  • Wool store workers
  • Farm or station management


Australia is the number one producer of premium quality, fine wool in the world. Wool production has played a crucial part in our economy for 200 years and right now, the industry is experiencing the highest prices for wool that it has seen for many years. As sustainability becomes a priority for consumers, the benefits of wool as a natural, durable, beautiful and sustainable fibre mean that demand continues to increase.

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.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

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


Successfully completing 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.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Literacy, reading and writing skills at an intermediate 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
  • A good eye for detail
  • Good communication skills

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part time day, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 5.4 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 72 weeks. 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 10.7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including working through notes and activity exercises and assessment preparation & skills development in shearing sheds.


This course offering is designed for people who may be wool growers, wool handlers, university students, wool brokers & people with a genuine interest in the wool industry. The Wool-classing course is delivered via a combination of face-to-face classes, practical sessions, workplace training and home study. Students work on an individual learning program that allows them to work at their own pace. This allows students to complete the course in a shorter period through increased workload.

Students commencing the course with previous industry experience can have their knowledge and skills assessed to fast track their course completion. The Wool-classing course can be started anytime throughout the year and is available on weekends for people who work full time. Reasonable adjustment for learners of this cohort will be addressed on an individual basis as required.


Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support, TAFE NSW will make every reasonable effort to ensure that it can accommodate a learner?s 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 learner?s 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

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
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled on Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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 for yourself PPE, covered in work boots, clothing appropriate to undertake agricultural tasks & stationary 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.

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Semester two starts July 2020. Enquire now to be notified when enrolments open.

To find out more information on this course including the next start date, submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page, or call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

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Core Units
Number Title
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
AHCWOL303 Prepare wool based on its characteristics
AHCWOL301 Appraise wool using industry descriptions
AHCWOL304 Prepare fleece wool for classing
AHCWOL305 Prepare skirtings and oddments
AHCWOL307 Document a wool clip
AHCWOL310 Press wool for a clip
AHCWOL311 Perform shed duties
AHCWOL401 Determine wool classing strategies
AHCWOL403 Plan, implement and review wool harvesting and clip preparation
AHCWOL405 Class fleece wool
AHCWRK401 Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures
AHCWOL404 Establish work routines and manage wool harvesting and preparation staff

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

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Dubbo, Narromine Road
Mitchell Highway, Dubbo
Phone 131 601

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