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AHC33016 Certificate III in Wool Clip Preparation

  • Course Duration: 12 to 24 months, full-time/part-time
  • Training Location: Western Districts of Victoria
  • Commencement Dates: Flexible start dates throughout the year
  • Study Level: Certificate III
  • Entry Requirements: Students must have access to a working woolshed


Our philosophy is to develop critical thinking skills that produce adaptable, resilient, resourceful and technologically competent students who can think for themselves and show initiative in the workplace.


Do you dream of a career that's not just a job? Imagine catching the day's sunrise as enter the shearing shed; perhaps you're a practical fix-it type who dreams of wide open spaces, fresh air and the chance to put your problem solving skills to work or maybe an 'office' view that includes animals over traffic. RIST students are encouraged to participate in wool handling competitions in Australia and New Zealand, and in recent years our students have had success in these competitions.


Students who successfully complete their Certificate III in Wool Clip Preparation are eligible for an Owner Classer Registration which will allow them to class wool on their own property. On satisfactory completion of this course you may then wish to undertake a Certificate IV in Wool Classing. Students undertaking this course as a standalone, or as a Traineeship, will undertake 12 units.

Some of the topic covered are:

  • Work place practices and procedures
  • Wool preparation for classing
  • Wool characteristics
  • New technologies in clip preparation
  • Managing shearing operations
  • Industry supervision and documentation

The course also involves a work experience component in an operational shed.


Australia's vibrant agricultural industry leads the world with its innovative and technologically advanced practices. It is one of the most rapidly expanding industries in the country - and with a qualification in agriculture, a world of wide ranging possibilities await. Whether you're into science, business, communications, working with plants and animals in a laboratory or in the great outdoors, careers in agriculture are diverse and exciting, with endless opportunities for travel, adventure and personal development.

Fees and Charges:

For eligible participants, this training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Please contact RIST if you require more information regarding course fees.

Can I get Credit for previous study/experience?

RIST offers the opportunity for students to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) in all nationally recognised training that RIST is able to offer.

When can I start?

To register, email or call 03 5573 0943

How do I apply?

Contact RIST on:  
Phone: 03 5573 0943

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Further Information:

Raelene Laidlaw
Program Coordinator
Ph: 03 5573 0943


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