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New Zealand Certificate in Wool Technology and Classing (Level 4)

This course is available

Online

Level of Study

Certificate

Duration

2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Telford Campus

Summary

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the wool industry with individuals who have skills and knowledge in the production, harvesting, preparation, marketing, manufacturing and processing of wool. The qualification recognises the skills and technical knowledge of wool classification, production, processing that meet wool supply chain, market, and customer requirements and maximise return in the wool supply chain. Graduates of this qualification will gain eligibility to become a wool classer certified with a Provisional (P) stencil through the New Zealand Wool Classing Association.

This Blended Delivery course is delivered online with 5 day block courses available in both the North and South Island.

Course Content

CWT400 Wool Value Chain (15 credits)

The student will develop knowledge and skills in managing fleece identification, sampling and recording procedures and in identifying different wool lines and grades according to sheep breed.

CWT401 Wool Classification (20 credits)

The student will develop knowledge and skills in identifying different wool lines and grades according to sheep breed in order to evaluate and classify wool and make wool classification decisions which reflect wool market and supply chain requirements and industry standards.

CWT402 Working in the Wool Industry (15 credits)

The student will develop knowledge and skills in identifying wool characteristics and use wool classification codes and technologies to class wool fibre and communicate findings.

CWT403 Woolshed Management (10 credits)

The student will develop knowledge and skills to manage responsibilities and output of a team in a woolshed.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Wool Technology and Classing (Level 4), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 60 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Wool Technology and Classing (Level 4).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Wool Technology and Classing (Level 4) part-time over 2 years.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification may be employed as wool classers in the wool industry either on-farm or beyond the farm gate in roles such as broker, merchant, scourer or exporter. Other opportunities include, but are not limited to, wool manufacturing, wool testing, wool science and wool promotion.

Entry criteria

Applicants under 20 years: Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2.

Applicants over 20 years: Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme.

Special Admission: Notwithstanding the above admissions categories, in exceptional circumstances, a mature aged applicant who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programme, such as past employment in the sector, or previous wool classing or grading experience, may be considered for admission provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, which is deemed to prepare graduates for the required academic standard for entry.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (Academic) b) Level 3 (Applied)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than pass in any band

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