Certificate III in Shearing

National Code: AHC32916
TAFE SA Code: TP01088


Develop your skills to become a Shearer at a professional level, shearing at least 120 sheep per day. You’ll learn about animal welfare requirements, preparing combs and cutters, maintaining handpieces, shearing to a professional level and workplace safety. Please see additional files and resources below for dates, times and locations.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time

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In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered in Semester 1, 2020. This may result in delivery changes to your course for Semester 2, 2020. If any changes are made, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate II in Shearing
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

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Total Fees for the 12 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • This course is offered at various locations across the state. Please email wool@tafesa.edu.au for details
    • Students wishing to access subsidised training are required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills by undertaking the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    The shearing industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes as a Shearer (professional level).

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Shearing (AHC32916)
    Skills covered include animal welfare requirements, preparing combs and cutters, maintaining handpieces, shearing to a professional level and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 8 core units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Comply with industry animal welfare requirements 40
    Contribute to work health and safety processes 50
    Coordinate work site activities 70
    Maintain and service shearing handpieces 15
    Maintain consistent shearing performance 160
    Prepare combs and cutters for machine shearing 25
    Shear sheep to improver level 160
    Shear sheep to professional level 160
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