Shearing and Wool Handling Schools

RIST Agricultural College Wool Classing 3

Course Duration: Over 6 days with 2 follow up visits

Training Location: Western Victoria

Commencement Dates: Flexible start times throughout the year

Study Level: Certificate II

Study Area: Wool and Sheep.

Fees and Charges:

This course is fee for service.

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

About the course

This program is usually delivered in a structured shearing environment to provide beginners with the basics of shearing and create a solid foundation for a successful career in the wool industry. The program provides training techniques to increase speed and the quality of the individual's workmanship. Immediate improvements and benefits will be gained by those attending.

What are the career outcomes?

Possible job opportunities relevant to this qualification are Professional Shearer, Shearing Instructor and the opportunity to acquire a visa to travel the world and compete in local and international shearing competitions.

How do I gain a qualification?

RIST is registered to provide Nationally Recognised Training throughout Victoria. Students who attend a RIST course have the opportunity to gain competencies from recognised qualifications on successful completion of the training.

Units of competency

Units taken from:
AHC21316 Certificate II in Shearing

  • AHCWHS201 - Participate in work health and safety processes

  • AHCWRK204 - Work effectively in industry

  • AHCWRK209 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

  • AHCSHG201 - Crutch sheep

  • AHCSHG203 - Shear sheep to novice level

  • AHCSHG205 - Grind combs and cutters for machine shearing

  • AHCSHG206 - Prepare handpiece and downtube for machine shearing

  • AHCSHG210 - Undertake basic shearing and crutching

  • AHCLSK217 - Apply animal welfare principles to handling and husbandry of livestock

AHC21416 Certificate II in Wool Handling

  • AHCWHS201 - Participate in work health and safety processes

  • AHCWRK202 - Observe environmental work practices

  • AHCWRK204 - Work effectively in industry

  • AHCLSK217 - Apply animal welfare principles to handling and husbandry of livestock

  • AHCWOL202 - Perform board duties

  • AHCWOL203 - Carry out pressing wool

  • AHCSHG202 - Assist in preparing for shearing and crutching

  • AHCWOL201 - Pen sheep


RIST’s shearing and wool handling program gives students a great head start in the wool industry. Training is delivered by people who have many years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to pass onto their students.
— Nathan Lilley, Warrnambool