THE Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) has opened woolclasser registration for 2013-15.
Every three years, AWEX invites all current woolclassers to re-register as part of the AWEX wool quality program.
AWEX has posted invitations and registration packs to more than 20,500 woolclassers ahead of the new triennium commencing on January 1, 2013.
Woolclasser registration is said to provide AWEX and the wool industry with the opportunity to inform woolclassers on the latest wool industry information and trends.
AWEX chief executive officer Mark Grave said keeping woolclassers informed was an important part of AWEX’s wool quality program.
“Continuous learning has been the foundation of Australia’s approach to wool preparation so that we meet industry expectations now and in the future.”
Twelve months prior to the registration period a review of the AWEX Code of Practice for Wool Preparation commences, where woolclassers and industry stakeholders are invited to make comment or submissions for consideration.
“The challenge in 2013-15 for AWEX and the industry is to promote the benefit of trained and qualified people in the wool industry and recognise the value woolclassers add to the Australian wool clip as skilled professionals,” Mr Grave said.
“The reputation of the Australian wool industry as a supplier of well prepared, contaminant free wool of the highest quality hasn’t diminished but the expectations of wool processors are being raised.
"Wool prepared on farm by a registered woolclasser is eligible to receive a ‘P’ test certificate which is recognised globally. Buyers and processors buy ‘P’ certificate lots with confidence knowing that that they have been prepared by a registered woolclasser to meet or exceed the industry standard.
“Woolclassers face many challenges in today’s work environment. The position of woolclasser includes being a mediator, an educator as well as shed manager."
Woolclassers re-registering with AWEX this year will receive the updated AWEX Sheep Breeds Compendium along with their stencil, stamp and the updated 2013-2015 Woolclassers Code of Practice.
Woolclassers who are currently unregistered but interested in re-registration should contact AWEX to discuss what they need to do to re-gain their registration.
“On the global wool stage, the reputation and marketability of Australian wool relies heavily on the professionalism and skill of trained and registered woolclassers," Mr Grave said.
"Woolclassers play a vital role in providing a quality product and giving buyers confidence."
AWEX invites all woolclassers considering re-registration to contact AWEX at their earliest convenience.
The cost of woolclasser registration for the three year period 2013-15 is $220 for an AW (professional) and $242 for a MC (masterclasser) and $176 for an OC (owner classer).
AWEX woolclasser re-registration started on October 2 and finishes December 31.