Do you want to work as a wool classer?
READ: This page helps you to read about the career and the info you need to decide on whether this is indeed the career you want to follow.
RESEARCH: Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.
PREPARE: If you want to plan and prepare for the career, then join the OZT Community! Members have access to tools, while chatting with other students and experts from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!
UPDATED: 25 March 2022
What is a Wool Classer?
A Wool Classer inspects and groups fleece into categories according to agreed standards including length, thickness, quality, colour, strength and cleanliness.
The Wool Classer oversees the Wool Presser. You can read more about being a:
What does a Wool Classer do?
The Wool Classer career can be found in the following career categories:
- Farming and Livestock Management
What does a Wool Classer focus on?
The primary focus of a Wool Classer is to grade each piece of wool according to set standards and grades so that similar fleeces can be processed together.
What are the daily tasks of a Wool Classer?
- Inspect the fleeces to ensure there are no contaminants
- Grade against standards
- Sort fleeces according to grades
- Supervise movement of groups of fleeces and work done by Wool Presser
- Keep sorting table and floor clean
- Administration and filing
The working environment of a Wool Classer?
Where does a Wool Classer work?
A Wool Classer works mostly indoors in specially constructed barns or stalls where sheep are sheared and wool processed.
Places of Employment –
Wool Classers are employed by farms or livestock research institutions.
What is the average annual salary of a Wool Classer?
On average the income per year is around US$35,000. This will differ from country to country.
What difficulties can a Wool Classer face?
The work can get tough, especially when standing on your feet the whole day.
It might also require extremely long hours, including working over weekends and holidays.
Future growth and Possibilities
The industry is competitive, but does grow every year at around 4%
Which Skills are required by a Wool Classer?
The skills required for a career as a Wool Classer can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Customer service skills
- Good health and physical fitness
- Computer literacy
Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?
The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!
What will I need to Study to become a Wool Classer?
The minimum educational requirement to enter this career is a High School Certificate.
Further studies towards a College Diploma could secure a good position and possible promotions in large shearing farms.
Subjects in animal husbandry, wool grading and valuation will be ideal.
Short Courses –
Short Courses in shearing, grading and auctioneering are essential to sharpen skills.
The duration of College can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.
Possible Career Preparation Paths
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.
Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
Possible Combined Career Paths
It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.
Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):
Stepping Stone Career
Being a Wool Classer can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high study fees etc).
You can begin as a junior worker after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.
Some of the possible paths:
Training and apprenticeship
Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a Wool Classer will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing them a few times and learning the steps.
In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions can be offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.
Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior Wool Classer.
Join the Wool Classers Group to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!
Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:
Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations
Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.
Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.
Where can I study further?
All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.
See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards livestock and wool processing.
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