Certificate IV in Pet Styling

Course Code ACM40617
Campus Werribee - Research Close
Duration 920 hours

Course Overview

The ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling is the recognised qualification for people who provide pet stylist services. An experienced pet stylist must know the styling standards for different breeds, understand small animal anatomy and be able to identify pet hygiene issues that may indicate a health concern.

The course is designed for experienced groomers who are working in industry and looking to take their skills to the next level.

The 4 business units will also allow students to develop their business and customer service skills. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Companion Animal Services Industry.

Job roles may include:

  • Pet stylists
  • Managers
  • Salon owners

Working in this industry may also involve weekend and after hours work. It also requires a level of fitness that allows you to safely handle a range of animals and be on your feet for most of the day.

Further studies
After gaining the ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling, you might wish to undertake further study in business management or customer service.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Werribee – Research Close One day per week – Starts 14 January – 9 am to 4pm

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 timetabled classes and webinars as well as complete approximately 14 hours per week of workplace and online self-paced learning and skills consolidation.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Sherryn Smith
Location: Werribee

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 920 $4.00 $3,680.00 $7.00 $6,440.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 920 $0.80 $736.00 $7.00 $6,440.00
Full Fee 920 $9.00 $8,280.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 920 $1.00 $920.00 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
  • Be working in the Pet Grooming industry
Units of Competency

ACM40617 – Core Units

ACMGRM406 – Carry out breed standard styling on dog breed groups
ACMGAS301 – Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMWHS401 – Maintain workplace health and safety processes
ACMCAS401 – Manage compliance in the companion animal industry
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
ACMCAS407 – Provide professional companion animal grooming services

ACM40617 – Elective Units

ACMINF301 – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
BSBLDR403 – Lead team effectiveness
BSBSMB402 – Plan small business finances
ACMSPE304 – Provide basic care of domestic dogs
BSBPRO301 – Recommend products and services
BSBSMB404 – Undertake small business planning

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical demonstration
  • Written assignments
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolios
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.

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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