Shearing Courses

Our shearing training combines short courses with practical on-the-job experience to ensure trainees gain a strong grasp of theory as well as good practical knowledge.  When you've passed our courses you will have qualifications that will enable you to shear anywhere in the world.
The shearing qualifications are divided into three strands: Machine Shearing (Finewool); Machine Shearing (Crossbred Wool); and Blade Shearing. Tectra's machine shearing courses cater for everyone from absolute beginner through to those who have been shearing for years and are looking for that competitive edge.

For learners we have an introductory course, suitable for people who are new to the industry. This course will also register you on the NZQA framework. This course is open to all people working in the industry as well as Telford Polytechnic trainees.

By the time you have completed our level four advanced course you will have picked up three national certificates.

Each level combines a short course with on-the-job experience, and each level has a clear goal statement which sets out what you will be able to do when you finish the work for that level.

Machine shearing courses cover shearing skills and technique, buying and looking after your shearing kit, selecting the right comb, looking after your own health and fitness, and working with a team.

The blade shearing courses start at level two (junior) and build up to expert. They cover the basic skills of blade shearing up to advanced technique, pattern and footwork, preparing and looking after the blades, your own health and fitness, and working as part of a team.

The programmes we offer in blade shearing and machine shearing are:
- Level 2 blade shearing
- Level 3 blade shearing
- Level 4 blade shearing
- Level 2 machine shearing
- Level 3 machine shearing
- Level 4 machine shearing

Course costs differ depending on your government funding eligibility.

To check out the training timetable or to find a course in your area click here.

If you would like more information, or want to enrol in a Tectra course then free phone 0800 496 657 or email