Wool and Shearing Training

AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations

Program overview

The Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) in conjunction with UQ Skills (formerly UQ-GVEC), MEGT (Australia) Ltd, and Ian Bateman’s Shearing Team, offers a 16 week Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) for eligible students. Eligible participants engaged in this program will complete a VET accredited Certificate II in Rural Operations, with wool handling and shearing subjects.  Eligible participants are required to undertake a three-week pre-employment course followed by a 13-week shearing program at the Merriman Shearing School. The pre-employment course will provide valuable workshops whilst the 13-week Shearing School will provide all accredited training required to achieve the Certificate II in Rural Operations.

Merriman Shearing School is part of the ILC’s Training to Employment (T2E) initiative.  

Delivery and instructors

UQ Skills is the approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO 1511) and will deliver this training in conjunction with MEGT (Australia) Ltd and Ian Bateman’s Shearing Team.  Ian Bateman’s Shearing Team will provide on-site training and assessment throughout the program and assist participants to develop their on-the-job skills.


Training will be conducted at Merriman Shearing School at Brewarrina, Western NSW. This property is owned and managed by the Indigenous Land Corporation.

Intake and entry requirements

Three-week pre-employment course: 20 students maximum 

13 week shearing school: 15 participants maximum.

Student contribution fees

There are no student contribution fees for eligible participants.

Indicative subjects

  • AHCOHS201A Participate in OHS processes
  • AHCWRK209A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • AHCINF202A Install, maintain and repair fencing
  • AHCLSK205A Handle livestock using basic techniques
  • AHCLSK210A Muster and move livestock
  • AHCMOM212A Operate quad bikes
  • AHCLSK202A Care for health and welfare of livestock
  • AHCWRK205A Participate in workplace communications
  • AHCSHG201A Crutch sheep
  • AHCSHG202A Assist in preparing for shearing and crutching
  • AHCSHG203A Shear sheep to novice level
  • AHCSHG204A Shear sheep to improver level
  • AHCSHG205A Grind combs and cutters for machine shearing
  • AHCSHG206A Prepare handpiece and downtube for machine shearing
  • AHCWOL201A Pen sheep
  • AHCWOL202A Perform board duties
  • AHCWOL203A Carry out wool pressing

Further information

Telephone the UQ Skills reception office for an enrolment form on 07 5460 1353 or email uqskills@uq.edu.au

The UQ Skills 2019 Student Handbook (PDF, 4.3MB) includes all policies and procedures relating to training and assessment and should be read in conjuction with your enrolment. Information about all our programs can be found in the 2019 Programs Guide (PDF, 4.3MB).

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students must provide a Unique Student Identifier before their enrolment can be accepted.

See the UQ Skills Student Information page for details. 


UQ Skills:
UQ Skills
The University of Queensland,
Morrison Hall Building 8123
Gatton Qld 4343
Email uqskills@uq.edu.au
Phone: 07 5460 1353
Fax: 07 5460 1367

Recruitment & Management Services
Mob: 0428 367 955

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of upload and are subject to change. UQ Skills reserves the right to change programs, subjects or costs or to cancel a program based on consideration of student numbers and resource allocation. Ensure that you understand the program, subjects, associated costs and fee liability prior to signing an enrolment form. RTO #1511