Two years of field work in sorting, grading and classing of a minimum of 250 fleece. Each apprentice has a mentor providing guidance and feedback throughout the apprenticeship. Apprentices send samples of fiber they have evaluated to their mentor throughout the 2 years to ensure they are consistant with the program.

The Apprenticeship Program is designed for those who wish to pursue receiving their final Certification in Sorting/Grading/Classing. Qualification for this program requires successful completion of both the Basic and Advanced Course, as well as written and practical exams.

Successful completion awards the apprentice a Master Certificate in Grading/Sorting from SUNY Cobleskill.