Offering Info

Certificate IV in Wool Classing

  • National Course Code: AHC41316
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC41316-01V01-GR-21PIC-128

Location – Primary Industries Centre





Course Start Date


Study Commitment

13 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.


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 enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:
TAFE NSW will support your training with workplace practical sessions in local working shearing sheds. The practical is a key component to your skills and knowledge development and you are required to find access to an Agriculture business to reinforce your skills and knowledge.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Personal Protective Equipment Work boots, hat and sunscreen
  • Access to a computer with internet capability. This can be accessed at any TAFE NSW library.
  • Are required to gain approximately 4 weeks of practical experience in a commercial shearing shed over the 1-year duration of their course. This practical includes gaining experience in board duties, skirting and rolling fleeces, wool pressing, WHS, clip documentation, classing wool and wool quality assurance.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Wednesday 20 January 2021 | 12.30pm 1.00pm | An online Information Session will be conducted via a Microsoft Teams link:


This is a flexible delivery part-time evening course. You will need to attend approximately 5 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 2 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 2 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including Self-directed learning such as research, private study and preparation for assessments. Work experience in sheds to support your skills development..

This Wool Classing course attendance is Monday evenings. Industry workplace activities can be delivered either at the Primary Industries Shearing shed or at a nominated shed during the course of delivery, negotiated between trainers and students.


This course offering is designed for people who:
This qualification is a specialist wool classing qualification for wool classers and enables them to apply for registration with AWEX Ltd. as a professional Australian wool classer.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian traineeship.

On completion of this qualification, learners are eligible to register with The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) to become a registered professional Wool Classer. Employment opportunities include wool classing in the shearing shed and a wool store. Careers in the wool industry include wool classing, shed management, wool brokering, wool buying, wool testing, education and training, wool marketing, wool science/production research.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:
Access to a computer with internet capability. This can be accessed at any TAFE NSW library.

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 Monday evenings from 5.00pm to 10.00pm at Primary Industries Centre, Coolamon Road, North Wagga, Block D, Room 8. 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?


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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

Applying 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. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
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
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
AHCWRK401 Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
AHCWOL311 Perform shed duties
AHCWOL401-GRADED Determine wool classing strategies
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes

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.

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Course Location

Primary Industries Centre
Coolamon Road, Wagga Wagga
Phone 131 601

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