Advanced Course

This Advanced Course requires completion of the Basic Course and a passing score on the final exam before registering.  We allow for taking the Advanced course up to 18 months after successful completion of the Basic Course.

In this Advanced 3 day Course, you will build on the overview and training presented in the 1 day Basic Course (a Prerequisite to this course.)  It is geared to those individuals who want more in-depth education and/or are interested in developing a business sorting for other fiber bearing livestock owners or fiber purchasers.

After a review of material covered previously, this course will provide a more in depth study of fiber characteristics, structure, types and how to identify them.  Extensive review of fiber samples along with hands on fleece evaluation, sorting and grading will follow.  You will have the opportunity to examine alpaca, wool and other fiber types we have available.   In addition, instruction in documentation and record keeping will be presented, along with requirements for different sorting clients as it will be required for those who choose to continue the training in the Apprenticeship.  We only allow for a 2 week period after successful completion of the Advanced Course to sign up for the Apprenticeship portion of the program.  This is to ensure those interested benefit from immediate knowledge and experience in moving forward towards completion of becoming a Master Sorter/Grader.   We encourage you to consider signing up for the Advanced and be prepared for sign up for the Apprenticeship Program immediately upon successful completion of the Advanced Course.

The Advanced 3 day course is $475.  It is scheduled for May 12,13,14, 2018 in Orleans, NE at the Harlan County Fairgrounds. Please see the Basic Page which can be accessed through the menu link on the home page for location details including airports and lodging.

Registration for the Advanced course is limited to 20 people.  To register please contact Linda Serdy at SUNY Cobleskill/PACE 518-255-5598 or go to the Registration link through this website. Please note Registration closes on April 6th. If there are not enough registered by that date, class is subject to cancellation.

There will be a Shearing Certification Course by PHS Shearing through SUNY held at the same location and dates as the Advanced SGC Course.  Interested individuals for the shearing course and the Advanced Course will enjoy the opportunity to learn from a cross over training between the 2 programs during the teaching dates.

If you will be taking the Basic course immediately prior to this course on May 11, you may register and pay for this Advanced course at the same time should you desire to.  Understand that you will be required to pass the BASIC course exam to qualify to continue in this course.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis.  Additional dates may be added as demand dictates.

For those interested in the Apprenticeship option please review the information on that page which can be accessed from the menu link.  Successful completion of the Advanced course and exam is required prior to being accepted into the Apprenticeship program.