Agriculture and Science

AHC21316 Certificate II in Shearing

AHC21316 Certificate II in Shearing is part of the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. It is an entry level occupational outcome in shearing. It recognises the work of a novice shearer who is able to shear a minimum of 40 adult merino sheep or 50 adult crossbred sheep per day to an acceptable industry standard. Most of the learning is completed ‘on the job’ in the shearing sheds and there are also a number of novice, improver and crutching workshops offered throughout the training.

This course is for people who are currently employed in a rural workplace, or people who have access to shearing sheds. You could complete the full Certificate II in Shearing within approximately twelve to fifteen months on the job.

Career Opportunities

Shearer – novice level. There is a network of Shearers throughout Australia and New Zealand that is used to assist with ongoing employment in a predominately sessional industry.

Dates and Times

  • You can enrol and start at any time. We will work with you to determine a training and assessment plan that best suits your needs.
  • Duration:   Twelve to Fifteen months depending on your skill level and experience.
  • Location:  Delivered on the job as well as at workshops that are available in various sites such as Fingal, Ross and Cressy.

Learning Options

Learning options available for people looking to work in the sheep shearing industry will include:

  • Learning will be in shearing sheds with access to workshops throughout the training
  • Demonstrations – to show you how to do things
  • Learning Guides – Books that contain information to help with your learning
  • AWI Tutorials – Resources that give you extra support and information
  • Classroom learning for theory
  • One-on-one mentoring

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, workplace health & safety procedures must be followed. You will be assessed by:

  • Short written assessment – question and answer style test.
  • Practical – you will be observed doing tasks.
  • All students will be assessed in the workplace.
  • If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg verbal tests instead of short written tests)


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Resources and Equipment

Students are required to have appropriate enclosed footwear, long trousers and no loose fitting clothing when completing practical work in the shearing sheds.

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There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for this qualification however students must have access to shearing sheds to complete the practical work within this qualification.

Qualification Requirements

To successfully achieve a AHC21316 Certificate II in Shearing nine core units must be completed.


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