20106 Prepare, and Sharpen Shearing Blades
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Prepare, and sharpen shearing bladesLevel / 3
Credits / 30
PurposePeople credited with this unit standard are able to prepare, sharpen, and maintain shearing blades.Subfield / Wool Harvesting
Domain / Shearing
Status / Registered
Status date / 21 August 2009
Date version published / 21 August 2009
Planned review date / 31 December 2014
Entry information / Open.
Accreditation / Evaluation of documentation and visit by NZQA, industry and teaching professional in the same field from another provider.
Standard setting body (SSB) / Primary Industry Training Organisation
Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) reference / 0052
This AMAP can be accessed at
1The following documents provide both a source of the national standard as stated in the performance criteria, and useful background information relating to this unit standard –
Shearing Handbook (Christchurch: Tectra Ltd, 2007). ISBN 0-9582522-2-X. Available from Tectra Ltd., PO Box 7327, Sydenham, Christchurch 8240.
Best practice guideline for the New Zealand shearing industry: A guide for workplaces (Wellington: Department of Labour, 2008), available from
2Legislation relevant to this unit standard includes but is not limited to the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and its subsequent amendments.
Elements and performance criteria
Prepare shearing blades.
1.1Safety procedures for blade preparation are demonstrated in accordance with the Shearing Handbook.
1.2Blades are pulled back, cut out, and cockspur, knocker, and driver are installed in accordance with the Shearing Handbook.
1.3Blades are set and adjusted in accordance with the Shearing Handbook.
Sharpen, and maintain shearing blades.
2.1Techniques of grinding and stoning to achieve desired bevel and edge are carried out in accordance with the Shearing Handbook.
2.2Points are dressed, blades are ground and sharpened, and the cockspur and driver are installed in accordance with the Shearing Handbook.
2.3Blades are sharpened and confirmed as sharp by demonstration of industry accepted testing procedures in accordance with the Shearing Handbook.
Providers must be accredited by NZQA, or an inter-institutional body with delegated authority for quality assurance, before they can report credits from assessment against unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.
Industry Training Organisations must be accredited by NZQA before they can register credits from assessment against unit standards.
Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
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