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Certificate IV in Wool Classing

  • National Course Code: AHC41316
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC41316-01V01-20WWY-123

Location – West Wyalong

Study Type


Course Start Date


Hours Per Week



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.

To successfully complete this course, you will need: You will need some experience in a working shearing shed or to gather this experience whilst you are completing the course. You will need access to a working shearing shed for the purposes of the two day practical exam.

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There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Flexible delivery Part time Evening course. You will need to attend approximately 3 hours of class, over 1 day a fortnight, for 2 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 7.5 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 5.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study using the AWEX learning guides which are supplied to the learner on enrolment.

There will be a requirement for some shearing shed visits with the teacher to complete some learning and activities, comprising approximately 5 hours per term. In addition to these classes, students will work through the self paced learning resources in their own time. There are three types of assessment. The first is self paced assessment accompanying the learning resources. The second is a four hour practical exam at the TAFE Campus. The third is a two day practical exam in a shed of the student's choice.


This course offering is designed for people who: are existing Workers (already in this industry) or workers that are willing to spend some time in the industry to get better acquainted with the industry.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including: You will be supplied a digital copy of the AWEX learner guides on enrolment. If you would like to purchase paper versions of these notes you can purchase these from VETRes LEARNING RESOURCES at

TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

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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 Wednesday evenings fortnightly from 6.00pm till 10.00pm at TAFE NSW West Wyalong, Wool classing Room. 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.

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Core Units
Number Title
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
AHCWOL301 Appraise wool using industry descriptions
AHCWOL303 Prepare wool based on its characteristics
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
AHCWOL404 Establish work routines and manage wool harvesting and preparation staff
AHCWOL405 Class fleece wool
AHCWRK401 Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures
HLTAID003 Provide first aid

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

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Course Location

West Wyalong
86 Wootten Street, West Wyalong
Phone 131 601

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