Agriculture and Science

AHC32916 Certificate III in Shearing

AHC32916 Certificate III in Shearing is part of the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. This qualification covers occupational outcomes for shearing at the professional level. This requires a high standard of workmanship at a rate of at least 120 adult merino sheep or 140 adult crossbred sheep per day. The shearing industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. Most of the learning is completed ‘on the job’ in the shearing sheds and there are also a number of 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 III in Shearing within approximately twenty four to thirty six months on the job.

Career Opportunities

Shearer – professional 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:  Twenty four to thirty six 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 completing this qualification 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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To be eligible to enrol in this qualification applicants must be able to demonstrate shearing skills and knowledge at Certificate II in Shearing level by completion of that certificate or by Recognition of Prior Learning. The applicants must be able to shear a minimum of 40 adult merino sheep or 50 adult crossbred sheep per day to an acceptable industry standard. Applicants must have access to shearing sheds to complete the practical work within this qualification.

Qualification Requirements

To successfully achieve a AHC32916 Certificate III in Shearing eight core units must be completed.


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