The SGC Basic Class is a one day program designed to give you the background and basics of sorting and grading animal fiber. The class presents an overview of fiber characteristics and how they are beneficial to processing for best results through fiber physiology, grading criteria and hands on study of fiber samples. While heavy emphasis is on alpaca fiber due to its naturally occuring variations, the class also touches on sheep wool, goat fiber and others with samples presented for review. The goal for the Basic Course is to have natural fiber producers gain the knowledge to return to their farm and organize their fiber for production. Management, harvesting and sorting are the building blocks for the workshop.
This Fiber Basic Sorting/Grading Class is a Prerequisite to taking the Advanced Sorting/Grading Certification Course. As it is a SUNY Cobleskill Certification Course, there is a required Pre and Post Test administered. A passing grade of 80 or above grants the student a Certificate of Completion along with .8 CEU credits. It also allows the student to continue in the program to the Advanced Class.