Course Guide

A certificate iii in pet grooming consists of several units of competency. All units of competency must be completed to attain certification and qualification with some completion of elective units. 

Core competencies

  • Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort 
  • Provide basic first aid for animals
  • Perform dog grooms on different coat types 
  • Animal care hygiene routines
  • Infection control policies 


  • Capture, handle and transport companion animals
  • Provide information on companion animals, products and services 
  • Workplace health 
  • Crossbreed clip
  • Provide basic care of dogs and many more!

All recognition of prior learning (RPL) from other recognised training institutes (RTO) such as TAFE, is subject to approval before a credit transfer can be made. Assistance with tuition fees/course fees for domestic students can be provided via the Australian government through the use of vet student loan. Course fees and entry requirements can vary for local and international students depending on work experience. No licensing, legislative or certification apply to this qualification at the time of writing. 

Career Pathway

After achieving certificate ii in animal studies or previous work experience in the related industry field, candidates can complete Certificate iii (acm30617) in Pet Grooming. A Certificate iv can further enhance your skillset and make you job-ready for a variety of roles such as animal shelter supervisor, professional dog groomer, pet stylist/groomer and animal trainer. 

Why learn pet grooming courses?

If you have a genuine love and empathy for animals, then a pet grooming course is for you. As well as technical skills, a pet grooming course will give you several soft skills such as excellent customer service skills, problem-solving, planning and organising and self-management. To further enhance your understanding of the pet grooming industry, it is crucial to take note of any animal care facility that you visit and observe the various housekeeping duties, high standards of cleanliness and styling methods used. A salon reception for a dog grooming business or veterinarian facility is also a great place to get an understanding of the industry.

Delivery mode

Short courses are a great way to pick up new skills to improve personal and professional development. We offer flexible short online courses and study options. A pet grooming course can be done on a part-time or full-time basis. After successful completion of the course, candidates may gain employment and industry experience through a work placement in a variety of animal health settings such as kennels, catteries, aquariums and many more.

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