Education and Training:
You can work as a shearer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. However, entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in shearing. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
You can also become a shearer through a traineeship in Shearing. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.
Additional coaching is available in most states to help shearers achieve higher tallies and improve their earning ability.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
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There are no courses currently linked to this job for this state/territory. Please try another state/territory.
Shearers can be self-employed or work in shearing teams on properties usually located in country areas. They are paid according to the number of sheep they shear and crutch. Shearers can develop their skills to improve earnings and may progress to shed management, wool classing or other areas of the wool industry.
Employment is not as seasonal as it once was. Work is usually available throughout the year in most states, with peak demand being in spring and autumn.
For Further Information:
Rural Skills Australia
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