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Sorting, Grading, Classing Certificate

 

The goal of this certificate is to provide professional training which will lead to standardize sorting and grading of natural animal fibers in the United States thereby supporting and enhancing the natural fiber textile industry across the country.  Classes are taught throughout the country with instruction provided by certified Master Sorter/Grader/Classer professionals from SGC (Sorting Grading Classing). The certification includes three parts:

 

• Basic Fiber Sorting and Grading is a day-long workshop for .8 CEUs (Continuing Educational Units). 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 with hands-on time to gain experience.

 

• Advanced Fiber Sorting and Grading is a three-day, hands-on course for 2.4 CEUs. 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.

 

• Apprenticeship program is 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. 

 

Successful completion of all parts will lead to the Certificate. Continuing education and a refresher course is required every three years after the initial certification to maintain the professional status.

 

The intent of this methodology is to enable those trained to sort and grade in repeatable manner ensuring “standardized” strict practices, specific documentation, and a system of checks and balances. A standardized system that utilizes a common international grading system is imperative to the production of superior natural fiber products and will enable the fiber producers to gain a firm foothold in the textile industry. The outcomes of this process continues to focus on the fiber producer and promotes sustainable farms and successful textiles through standardized sorting.

 

Basic Course

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 with hands-on time to gain experience. Included also is information on yarn production to familiarize the students with processing at artisan mills. Participants will leave the one-day event with the tools they need to get their fiber out of storage and separated so that they can maximize yield and minimize cost at their mill. In addition, it will prepare them with the background knowledge necessary to continue into the Advanced Course and if desired Apprenticeship Program.
Course Fee $150.

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Advanced Course

The Advanced Course requires completion of the Basic Course and a passing score on the final exam before registering.

 

In this 3-day course, one will build on the overview and training presented in the 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.  Participants 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.
Course Fee $475.

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Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship Program is designed for those who wish to pursue their Certification in Sorting/Grading/Classing. Qualification for this program requires successful completion of both the Basic Course and Advanced Course. Enrollment is required immediately following successful completion of the Advanced 3 day course and exam.

 

Those enrolled in the Apprenticeship Program will be paired with a mentor to help in the journey to becoming a Master Classer in Camelid Fiber. The first portion of this program is a self-guided study which requires hands on sorting of a minimum of 250 fleeces including huacaya alpaca, suri alpaca and a minimum of 4 breeds of sheep. Additional livestock types can be included upon approval by the mentor. Mentors will work with apprentices by reviewing sorted samples and documentation along the way, giving phone support and feedback.

 

There is a 2 year period to complete this requirement at which time there is a final exam which requires submission of 40 samples with appropriate paperwork and a written essay type exam.
Apprenticeship Fee $575.

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Basic Workshop

April 7, 2017

State of Washington
8:30am - 4:30pm

Cost: $150

SUNY Cobleskill Basic Fiber Sorting & Grading workshop is the first step in the three step process towards the Fiber Sorting, Grading, Classing certificate.

 

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Advanced Fiber Sorting, Grading, Classing Certificate


April 8 -  10, 2017

State of Washington
8:30am - 4:30pm

Cost: $475

This Advanced Course requires completion of the Basic Course and a passing score on the final exam before registering.

 

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Apprenticeship

Cost: $575

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 Course and Advanced Course.

 

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