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Overview

This course is suitable for people wanting to enter the sheep and wool industries.

 

With a range of introductory topics covered, students are given a broad understanding of production enterprises, including:

  • monitoring and maintaining the health and condition of sheep
  • moving livestock to optimise feeding opportunities
  • scheduling and performing and arranging animal husbandry practices
  • controlling pests and weeds,
  • maintaining sheds, fences, equipment and water supply systems
  • organising the sale, purchase and transportation of livestock and produce
  • maintaining and evaluating records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production.

 

Your training will also include digital technologies focused on improved production efficiency, and on balancing subjective and objective measurements.

 

 

Allycia Bennett discussing sheep herd plans with the QATC Board.  The rams selected will be used by students to prepare for showing during their time undertaking the Sheep and Wool Production program in 2018.

 

Allycia Bennett leads the Sheep and Wool Production course. Allycia has a real passion for sheep and wool - with a career including formal qualifications, holding the position of one of the youngest district agency wool managers in Australia, being the youth representative on Queensland’s Leading Sheep advisory panel, and being a founding member of the state’s innovative sheep network.

 

Allycia will also be supported by the full team of instructors at Longreach Pastoral College – including:

  • Katherine Bowler – Katherine has a degree in agriculture complemented by co-owning three livestock properties
  • Rob Carr – an expert in farm improvements and fencing
  • John Arnold – over 30 years of expert training in the horse industry

 

Your training will also access industry experts such as Dave Grant – a world record holder for shearing merino wethers, Rayleen Bowden – a lead woolclasser and shearing contractor in Queensland, as well as leading stud and commercial producers throughout Queensland.

 

Graduates from the course will be skilled and innovative individuals who can be future leaders in the re-establishment of the wool industry in Queensland.

 

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, stock hand or station hand.  Workers in these roles carry out a wide range of tasks under limited supervision, including operating machinery, handling sheep including mustering and lambing, and property maintenance.

 

Scholarships are available now for students wanting to undertake the sheep and wool production course in 2017.  Check out our scholarships page.  

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered at the following QATC locations:

  • Longreach Pastoral College (full time on-campus)

 

Current intakes:

Intake date/s Location
Semester 1, 2018 Longreach

 

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

The Sheep and Wool course is run over 10 months (2 semesters/36 weeks) and equips students with the skills necessary to build a career in the sheep and wool industry.

A hands-on approach helps students learn about sheep and wool production, including mustering, shearing preparation, and wool handling. Additional skills development is also undertaken during the course, including workplace health and safety and property maintenance.

Entry level skills gained during this course can be developed further in order to fulfill specialist or managerial roles on rural enterprises and supporting agribusiness enterprises.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $11,744
Co-contribution fee rate $5,536
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate $4,384

Training is funded by the Queensland Government under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.  Students should consult our fees policy on the QATC Fees and Funding page for information about eligibility requirements.  The fees listed above represent the cost of training and assessment. 

CAREERS

Wool production offers a challenging, physical and interesting lifestyle, often involving travel.  Many young workers view the opportunity to work in , and visit, regional and remote areas of Australia as an attractive benefit of this career path.  

 

Early career opportunities include, but are not limited to, stock hand or station hand.  Workers in these roles carry out a wide range of tasks under limited supervision, including operating machinery, handling sheep including mustering and lambing, and property maintenance.  

 

Future career opportunities, earned with experience and/or further study, include station or farm manager, rural business manager, sheep and wool buyer or advisor.

 

 

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

Due to work experience placement requirements students must be 17 years or older

Students will complete a pre-enrolment self-assessment to provide an indication of their existing skills and knowledge. Students will also undergo a Language, Literacy & Numeracy assessment, and a practical skills assessment. These will determine their level of underpinning skills and knowledge. Where gaps in their skills and knowledge are identified, a Student Support Plan is developed.

Preferred requirements

n/a

UNITS OF STUDY

Muster and move livestock

AHCLSK210

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to muster and move livestock as part of a team. 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They identify and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

In addition to legal responsibilities, all units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Operate machinery and equipment

AHCMOM304

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain machinery and equipment.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources. 

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Contribute to work health and safety processes

AHCWHS301

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out enterprise work health and safety policies and procedures.

This unit is applicable to individuals. They typically work within clear reporting lines and procedures.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures and work health and safety and other relevant legislation and codes.

This unit applies to individuals who actively participate in the workplace safety system and work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They work in a range of known contexts and complete routine activities.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) and occupational safety and health (OSH) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State and Territory OHS legislative requirements.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

 

Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

AHCWRK309

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply environmentally sustainable work practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work including limited responsibility for the work of others.

Work routines meet organisational and compliance requirements for ethical handling and welfare of animals, environmental sustainability, work health and safety, and biosecurity appropriate to the work role.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Prepare and apply chemicals

AHCCHM303

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare and apply chemicals for the control of pests across a range of industry sectors.

This unit covers the use of general application equipment used across a variety of industries including; boom sprays, orchard air-blast sprayers, handheld spray equipment, wipers, dry chemical applicators, dips, pour-on, spot-on, vaccination and drenching equipment.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work hand safety and pesticide legislation and codes.

All work must be carried out to comply with chemical label instructions, Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s), the organisation’s application plan and relevant legislation.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Candidates should confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in their relevant State or Territory before undertaking this unit.

This unit may be deemed to have a time limit when used as part of an accreditation or licence process.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Transport and store chemicals

AHCCHM304

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely transport, handle and store liquid and dry chemical formulations across a broad range of industry sectors. 

This unit does not cover operation of specialised chemical application equipment and machinery or application of chemicals. 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety and pesticide legislation and codes. All work is carried out to comply with Safety Data Sheets, chemical label directions and relevant legislative requirements.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources. 

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in the relevant State or Territory.

This unit may be deemed to have a time limit when used as part of an accreditation or licensing process.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Maintain livestock water supplies

AHCLSK305

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain livestock water supplies.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They complete routine activities and work in a range of known contexts.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Identify and draft livestock

AHCLSK308

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and draft or sort animals for sale, breeding or other enterprise requirements.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They complete routine activities and work in a range of known contexts.

All units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Implement animal health control programs

AHCLSK309

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to implement animal health control programs.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They complete routine activities and work in a range of known contexts 

All units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Prepare livestock for shearing

AHCSHG301

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to sort and prepare livestock for shearing.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity requirements and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work including limited responsibility for the work of others. They use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Prepare facilities for shearing and crutching

AHCWOL308

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to ensure the safety and hygiene standards of facilities and equipment prior to shearing and crutching operations, and is undertaken by growers with assistance from wool handlers. 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes, and sustainability practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work including limited responsibility for the work of others.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Press wool for a clip

AHCWOL310

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to press wool into bales and carry out related tasks such as branding the bales, recording bale weights and numbers, and subsequently storing the wool bales. 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety and biosecurity legislation and codes.

This unit applies to wool pressers who work in close cooperation with the wool classer and maintain a rate of pressing that ensures wool flow can be maintained. The work is carried out within established routines, methods and procedures.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Perform shed duties

AHCWOL311

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to perform shed duties covering the board and table and to provide mentoring to less experienced staff.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes, and sustainability practices.

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work including limited responsibility for the work of others.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Implement property improvement, construction and repair

AHCINF301

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out maintenance and construction of improvements to properties.

All work is carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety legislation and codes, manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices 

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources. 

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Plan and construct conventional fencing

AHCINF303

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and construct conventional fencing.

All work is carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety legislation and codes, manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources. 

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Prepare livestock for competition

AHCLSK316

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare and train livestock for competitive showing.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices .

This unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They complete routine activities and work in a range of known contexts. 

All units of competency dealing with animals in the AHC Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled humanely to minimise stress and discomfort.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Additional Information

Accommodation

Residential Accommodation

Longreach Pastoral College provides single study bedrooms for students.  Rooms are fully furnished, have wi-fi access, and are serviced weekly. Each residential block has a common room fitted with a television, kitchenette, and dial-in telephone. A full laundry service is provided.

Fee Type Amount Details
Full Time Residential Accommodation $370 per week (includes accommodation, meals and laundry)
Day Student $20 per day (optional purchase of morning tea and lunch)

For more information see the accommodation fees schedule

Off-campus Accommodation 

A range of rental accommodation is also available in the town of Longreach for students who may wish to live off-campus.

Work Experience Travel and Accommodation

Where work experience is conducted as part of a program, travel, accommodation, and food costs related to the placement are covered under the program cost.

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

A solid foundation for people wanting to enter sheep and wool industries.  Graduates complete the course having acquired a board understanding of sheep and wool production enterprises, specifically with an emphasis on the semi-arid production region.

  • On Campus
  • Full Time
  • 36 Weeks
  • Sem 1, 2018
  • 16 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $11,744
    • Co-contribution fee rate: $5,536
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: $4,384