Careers in wool

If you are looking to step into the world of wool, a formal qualification will help get you where you want to go.

Training and courses

With more courses being added to the wool industry every year, New Zealand has many opportunities for a career in wool. From the woolshed to agribusiness, your career can be tailor-made for you.

New Zealand Certificate in Wool Technology and Classing

Southern Institute of Technology Level 4 2 Year (PT)

This programme is designed to enable you to gain a job or progress within the wool shed or wool supply chain. It will teach you the knowledge and practical skills needed to work with production and processing through to supply chain & market.

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Wool harvesting courses

Primary ITO Level 2 3 months

These wool harvesting courses are designed to introduce you to being a learner wool handler or a learner shearer. You’ll get practical training in all facets of work in the woolshed.

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Online wool handling, shed-hand & shearing courses

WOMO Life No level Various

Complete individual bite-sized courses with videos in specific topics at your leisure, or complete a full course covering more topics to help progress your career in the shed.

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“To improve New Zealand's wool standings in the market our wool needs to be recognised
for its benefits - and that begins at the woolshed.”

Jeff Grant, AgResearch NZ

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