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Meeting the demand for skilled shearers and wool handlers


Currently there is a shortage of skilled labour to service even the current number of sheep in an expanding wool industry in Queensland.  Investment in the industry, including in cluster fencing, has provided the industry with the opportunity for a prosperous future.  


Longreach Pastoral College is offering a Shearing and Wool Handling Workshop, designed for those people already working in the industry, and for those who are new to the industry.  


Over two days, during LPC shearing in the Rosebank Station shearing shed, respected contractors will provide participants with hands-on skills development in techniques, safety, equipment maintenance and operation.


This workshop has been developed with the specialist advice and financial support of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), to:

  • attract and retain new workers to the industry
  • build the capacity of existing workers through improved work practices
  • Foster quality, professionalism, and efficiency in the workplace.




This course is offered at Longreach Pastoral College, and will occur during shearing at our 'Rosebank Station' shearing shed.

Current intake/s*:

Intake date/s Location

End of April 2018

(exact dates to be confirmed)


*Short course schedule is subject to change without notice. Please contact us to confirm locations and times.



This is training with a hands-on focus.


Those undertaking the Shearing Training will acquire skills and knowledge in:

  • Basic shearing techniques
  • Wool shed safety, and
  • Maintaining shearing equipment.


Those undertaking the Wool Handling Training will acquire skills and knowledge in:

  • Basic wool handling skills
  • Wool shed safety, and
  • Pressing wool bales to industry standards..

Course fees*:

Fee type Accredited
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $150 per person


Please note: Special offer for Shearing or Wool Handling Workshop participants who book in and pay before Friday 6th April 2018 - receive a credit of $50 to be used as credit to another short course at Longreach Pastoral College before 31 December 2018.  

This offer is subject to the availability of short courses, and is not transferable for cash.  Credits not used before December 2018 will be forfeit.


This short course contains employability skills. Following completion of this short course, successful participants will receive a Statement of Participation. This training could lead to further studies in Rural Operations.


​Long work trousers, a long sleeved work shirt and protective footwear are mandatory dress for this course.

What to bring

Participants need to bring lunch, water, morning and afternoon tea. Please note that lunch and morning tea may be available for purchase as set out in the 'Schedule of accommodation fees' on our Policies page.


QATC Short Course

The material contained in this course does not provide accredited training outcomes.  This course has been developed in response to meeting the needs of the industry for which it is targered

Additional Information

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

Course Details - At a glance

  • Short Course
  • Non-accredited
  • 2 days
  • End of April 2018 (date tbc)
  • 1 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $150