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AHC41316 Certificate IV in Wool Classing

  • Course Duration: Up to 24 months, full-time/part-time
  • Training Location: South West Victoria
  • Commencement Dates: Flexible start times throughout the year
  • Study Level: Certificate IV
  • Entry Requirements: There are no entry requirements for this qualification however students should possess relevant industry experience


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 classing competitions in Australia and New Zealand and in recent years our students have had success in these competitions.


Students who successfully complete their Certificate IV in Wool Classing are eligible for Australian Wool Classer Registration which will allow them to seek employment as a registered Wool Classer.

Students undertaking this course as a standalone, or as a Traineeship, can choose a wide range of industry-relevant units to suit their career goals and interests. Some of the topics 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


"By being able to expand my skills by completing my Certificate IV in Wool Classing at RIST, it has made my passion for the wool industry grow. RIST provided me with great support and many opportunities to extend my skills. At RIST they give you a great balance between theory and practical as we were able to go out with guidance from our trainer and put into practice what we learnt."

Clare Price - 1st place National Novice Wool Handler 2014; 1st place Novice Victorian Wool Handler 2014; 3rd place Novice Wool Handler, Royal Sydney Show 2014

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