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Shearing Short Course

Shearing Short Course

The New Zealand shearing industry needs more shearers. Learn the core skills and knowledge required for the industry with the Free Shearing Short Course at Taratahi.

A photograph of a wooden shearing room
Quick info

Locations: Wairarapa (Taratahi Site)

Duration: 1 week
Monday to Friday

(Call 0800 468 265 or register your interest

Domestic Fees: *
Free (accommodation and meals included, self-catered on weekends)Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

This free course is designed to enhance specific work practice skills and the health and safety of people in rural workplaces. The programme aims to provide practical aspects of shearing and wool handling - woolshed (such as setting up for shearing, wool handling and pressing, first aid and health and safety at work requirements) efficiently with the minimum of supervision.

This programme, including accommodation, is entirely free, and there are also free meals included Monday-Friday.

The course is held at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, just outside of Masterton in the Wairarapa.

How to register
Apply now through the "Apply Now" button on the right, or you can chat to us by phoning 0800 GO UCOL (0800 468 265).


 Career & Study Outcomes

Candidates will understand health and safety, environmental and quality requirements of shearing on rural properties.

You will acquire skills and knowledge sought after by the regional shearing industry.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

No prior academic qualification is required; however, the participants must be physically fit and be 18 years old or over.

A verified copy of your identification

You should supply a verified copy of any of the following documents:
  • Current driver license
  • Current New Zealand passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Whakapapa statement


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Please enquire for details

 Advice & Guidance

Meals on the weekend are self-catered at your own cost, meals during weekdays are free. Accommodation at Taratahi, including on the weekends, is free. Alternatively, participants are welcome to go home for the weekend and return by 8 am Monday.

UCOL provides personal protective wear, clothing and equipment required for the course. Also, the consumable teaching resources; course notes; transportation (field visits).