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.

You can achieve the AHC32916 Certificate III in Shearing as an apprentice/trainee which requires an employment arrangement and training contract or as a workplace based student. 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 at locations such as Fingal and Ross. Training and assessment is delivered under a partnership agreement between TasTAFE and Primary Employers Tasmania (PET) by a qualified teacher employed by PET.

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 AHC32916 – Certificate III in Shearing within approximately twenty four to thirty six months on the job.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following 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.

Location, 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

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include:

  • Short written assessment – question and answer style tests.
  • 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)

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What do I need to bring?

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

Essential Requirements

To be eligible to enrol in this qualification applicants must be able to demonstrate shearing skills and knowledge at AHC21316 – 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.


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Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


AHC32916 Certificate III in Shearing.

Qualification Requirements

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


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