Professional and Career Training Certificates (non-credit)
February 7 - April 26, 2017
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July 24 – 28, 2017
Fiber 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.
April 7, 2017
State of Washington
August 10, 2017
SUNY Cobleskill, NY
SUNY Cobleskill Basic Fiber Sorting & Grading workshop is the first step in the three step process towards the Fiber Sorting, Grading, Classing certificate.
Advanced Fiber Sorting, Grading, Classing Certificate
April 8 - 10, 2017
State of Washington
August 12 - 14, 2017
SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY
This Advanced Course requires completion of the Basic Course and a passing score on the final exam before registering.
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.