Wool Classer Kaimāhiti Wūru

Wool classers sort wool into categories. They ensure wool is clean, identified and documented for sale.

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Registration with the New Zealand Wool Classer Association (NZWCA) is preferred by employers. Wool classers who aren't financially registered can't use the NZWCA stamp on bales.

Wool classers may do some or all of the following:

  • sort wool into groups that have uniform colour, length, fault, and fibre diameter, and keep wool breeds separate
  • ensure wool is free from contamination
  • operate and maintain sampling, wool-weighing and wool-blending machinery
  • supervise the pressing and branding of wool bales
  • keep records of wool bales pressed
  • be responsible for woolshed management.

Physical Requirements

Wool classers need to:

  • be reasonably fit
  • have good eyesight
  • have a good sense of touch.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for wool classers includes any work with a shearing gang, such as woolhandling or pressing.

Personal Qualities

Wool classers need to be:

  • practical and fast
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • good at communicating and leading teams
  • well organised and good at record-keeping.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for wool classers includes any work with a shearing gang, such as woolhandling or pressing.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but agricultural and horticultural science to at least NCEA Level 2 is useful.

Wool Classers can earn around $50-$60 per hour per year.

Wool classers may move into management roles in:

  • wool-buying companies
  • wool-exporting companies
  • large-scale wool product manufacturers.

Wool classers may specialise in classing fine wool or crossbred wool.

Wool Classer

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