Introduction to Shearing and Wool-Handling


This introductory short course provides highly sought-after practical skills for the shearing environment, enabling you to become employable as “learners” in commercial wool harvesting operations throughout Australia.

You will learn about a range of skills such as penning up of sheep for shearing, requirements specific to shearing and wool handling, and using equipment such as grinding combs, cutters and setting up a handpiece.

This course is delivered at a number of locations throughout the state. Please register your interest below and TAFE SA will contact you with more details and to determine the appropriate delivery date and location.

Delivery locations include: Nadda (via Loxton), Willalooka, Marrabel, Penong, North Shields (Port Lincoln), Pinnaroo/Lameroo, Roseworthy, Willalooka (Pinindi), Elliston, Karoonda, Langhorne Creek, Ki Ki, Maro Creek (near Snowtown), Wudinna, Curramulka (YP), Furner.

The accredited units in this short course are taught from the Certificate II in Shearing (AHC21316) and Certificate II in Wool Handling (AHC21416). Upon successful completion of the units in this short course you may be eligible for credit transfer if you are interested in pursuing further study at TAFE SA.

No prior experience with animals required.

Dress code: Comfortable clothing, long trousers and closed-in shoes.

  • Participate in work health and safety processes (AHCWHS201)

    Shear sheep to novice level (AHCSHG203)

    Grind combs and cutters for machine shearing (AHCSHG205)

    Prepare handpiece and downtube for machine shearing (AHCSHG206)

    Undertake basic shearing and crutching (AHCSHG210)

    Apply animal welfare principles to handling and husbandry of livestock (AHCLSK217)

    Perform board duties (AHCWOL202)

Short Course Delivery Locations Some short courses can provide accreditation for industry-specific registration, while others merely provide skills and knowledge in the subject area. Concession prices are available for some courses.




Dates to be advised

Class Times
Monday to Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
5 days x 8 hours
Cost Eligibility

This delivery is offered under State Government funding subsidies. Eligible students must be an Australian Citizen/Permanent Resident, be 16 years of age or over and reside in an eligible regional location.




Register Interest

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