Certificate III in Pet Grooming

Course Code ACM30617
Campus Werribee - Research Close
Duration 760 hours

Course Overview

The ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming prepares you for work activities undertaken within an organisation that provides professional pet grooming services.

A pet grooming attendant undertakes salon reception and housekeeping duties as well as bathing, brushing, trimming and other basic grooming services for dogs. The duties require patience and a genuine empathy for animals, excellent customer service skills and a high degree of professionalism.

This course is delivered to on campus students as well as workplace Trainees. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the pet grooming industry.

Working in this industry may involve weekend work, and requires a level of fitness that allows you to safely handle a range of dogs.
General duties for groomers may include:

  • Brushing
  • Clipping
  • Scissoring
  • Hydro-bathing
  • Drying
  • Trimming nails
  • Plucking ears
  • Expressing anal glands

Further studies
On completion of ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming you may wish to undertake further study in ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Werribee – Research Close Starts Mon 1st July, 1 Day a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are required to attend all on campus classes and webinars as well as complete approximately 15 hours per week of online self-paced learning.

It is highly recommended that students attend the extra on campus seminars delivered by industry experts. The times and dates for these seminars will be sent out at the beginning of each semester.

For workplace based students your trainer will also meet you in the workplace 4 times a year to conduct observational assessment and training.

Workplace based students may not be required to attend all on campus grooming classes. This will be discussed with the course coordinator prior to enrolment.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Sherryn Smith
Location: Werribee Campus

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 760 $3.80 $2,888.00 $7.00 $5,320.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 760 $0.76 $577.60 $7.00 $5,320.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 760 $3.80 $2,888.00 $7.00 $5,320.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 760 $0.76 $577.60 $7.00 $5,320.00
Full Fee 760 $8.00 $6,080.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 760 $1.00 $760.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Trainees only)
  • Attend an interview
  • Must be over 17 years and either employed in a grooming salon or be able to attend all on campus classes.

It is also desirable that applicants:

  • have at least an intermediate level of digital literacy to undertake the online component of the course, as well as access to computer with internet access including YouTube.
  • have physical stamina to safely handle a variety of dogs, it is recommended that all successful applicants be immunised against tetanus.
Units of Competency

ACM30617 – Core Units

ACMGAS203 – Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMINF301 – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMWHS301 – Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGRM302 – Perform a cross breed clip
ACMGRM301 – Perform dog grooms on different coat types
ACMGAS206 – Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMCAS307 – Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
ACMCAS306 – Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort

ACM30617 – Elective Units

ACMCAS304 – Capture, handle and transport companion animals
ACMGAS301 – Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMSUS201 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS202 – Participate in workplace communications
ACMSPE304 – Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMGAS209 – Provide information on companion animals, products and services
ACMCAS407 – Provide professional companion animal grooming services
ACMGAS208 – Source information for animal care needs

Assessment Methods

Specific types of assessments may include the following:

  • Written assignments
  • Grooming portfolios including photo and video evidence if required
  • In class and/or online discussion forums
  • Short answer questions
  • Animal recognition photographs
  • Practical skills demonstration
  • Oral assessment – this may be conducted face to face or via skype/phone/zoom
  • Third Party reports
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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