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Certificate in Wool Technology (Level 4) - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4
Dates:

Dates to be confirmed

Duration:

Part-time over 18 months. Each course runs for 17 weeks (15 teaching weeks, 2 holiday weeks)

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 60

This programme is designed to enable you to gain a job or progress within the wool industry. It teaches knowledge and practical skills needed to work with wool, about the New Zealand wool industry and the sheep farming systems which produce wool, and will help increase confidence and satisfaction in your work.

You will learn about wool metrics, develop wool classing skills, and knowledge about working in the industry, including supervision of wool preparation staff.

Topics covered: Wool Value Chain, Wool Classification, Working in the Wool Industry, Computing & Communication

The Certificate in Wool Technology programme is comprised of four courses and an onsite block course.

1. WOSC 041 Wool Value Chain (15 credits)
Topics:
  • Wool Production;
  • Sheep  Breeds;
  • Organisations  within  the  NZ  Wool  Industry  (Brokers;  Private  Merchants; Exporters; Scourers and Test Houses)
  • Wool Processing Systems
2. WOSC 041 Wool Classification (15 credits)
Topics:
  • Assessment  of  Wool  Parameters  (Fineness,  Yield, Colour, Length and Strength)
  • Oddment Identification
  • Grading and Classing
  • Wool  Terminology
  • Breed  Recognition
3. WOSC 041 Working in the Wool Industry (15 credits)
Topics
  • Classing Systems in New Zealand and Australia
  • Quality Systems (Wool Testing and Wool Typing
    Systems)
  • Staff Supervision
  • Professional Ethical Standards
  • Health and  Safety  Systems
  • Working with people of other cultures
  • Kaitiakitanga (Land and Water)

4. WOSC 041 Computing & Communications (15 credits)
  • computing fundamentals
  • professional communication skills
Block Course
Teaching is delivered mainly via distance learning, but students will attend a block course once over the 18 month duration of the programme. Block courses will be held in 2020 (venues are Christchurch for South Island students and Napier for North Island students, dates to be confirmed later in 2019).
Wool Production;
Sheep Breeds;
O
rganisations within the NZ Wool Industry (Brokers; Private Merchants;
Exporters;
Scourers
and Test Houses) along with the Wool Processing Systems

$341 per 17 week course

  • Wool industry employee or entrant, or a wool classer working for: 
    • Wool broker/merchant 
    • Wool scourer 
    • Wool grower
  • Shearers & Rouseys

An applicant must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success at Level 4 distance study. The process for ascertaining student suitability includes at least one of the following: previous study history, letter of intent, interview.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL); or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in  either New Zealand, Australia­, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be  from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

Certificate at Level 4

  • 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:
  • 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

Students receive study modules along with assessment booklets and will complete a set of assignments for each course.

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