Offering Info

Certificate IV in Wool Classing

  • National Course Code: AHC41316
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC41316-01V01-GR-21DUB-110

Location – Dubbo, Narromine Road





Course Start Date


Study Commitment

10.9 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Wool Classing enables you to become a professional wool classer registered with the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX). Build your career in wool handling and wool clip preparation and be part of a prestigious and profitable industry.


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

  • Manage shearing and crutching operations
  • Class wool to industry code of practice standards
  • Prepare wool clips for sale
  • Liaise with woolgrowers and brokers to determine classing strategies
  • Work safely to meet WHS requirements
  • Implement and monitor quality assurance processes


Develop attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Leadership skills
  • High-level communication skills
  • Teamworking and collaboration skills
  • Strong organisational skills


Completing this course provides you with:

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

Career opportunities:

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


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Agriculture

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 entry requirements for this course. You can enrol today.


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate IV in Wool Classing as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol in the course as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the wool industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


There is no work placement requirement for trainees taking this qualification, as you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

Non-trainees will need to be in either relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments to complete the learning and assessment requirements.

You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our team can offer support and guidance to assist you.


Successful completion of 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, we recommend you have:

  • Access to a commercial shearing shed to complete the on-the-job training
  • 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
  • Attention to detail
  • Effective communication

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a blended flexible course. You will need to attend approximately 3.1 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 2 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 7.8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 51.5hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including reading, research and private study, assessment preparation


This course offering is designed for people who may include:

  • Wool growers
  • Wool handlers
  • University students
  • Wool brokers
  • People with a genuine interest in the wool industry
    Some learners have no experience in the industry and others have experience in the wool industry or the sheep 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.


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

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 on Tuesday from 5.00pm to 9.00pm and Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm once a month. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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?


Learners will need to provide basic stationery and PPE - covered work boots and clothing appropriate to undertake agricultural tasks.


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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.

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-GRADED Determine wool classing strategies
AHCWOL403-GRADED Plan, implement and review wool harvesting and clip preparation
AHCWOL404-GRADED 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.

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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