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Certificate III in Pet Grooming


Certificate III in Pet Grooming ACM30617

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Pet Grooming is a great place for those with a passion for keeping animals in tiptop shape to start pursuing their career as a Pet Groomer or Assistant Stylist in a salon. Whether students are already employed in a grooming salon or are starting from scratch, they will learn the skills needed to provide professional dog grooming and salon services.

This includes learning how to bath, brush, clip, scissor and trim coats as well as providing advice on skin and coat care to clients.

This course is delivered from our Wallan grooming salon which is an industry-approved eight table grooming salon where class sizes are limited to eight students allowing for one on one training.

Students will finish the course feeling workplace-ready, and by having small classes the student 'starts a dog and then finishes the same dog' just as they would in the workplace, working independently under the guidance of the teacher.

Please note: The information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares participants to work in the Pet Grooming industry as a Groomer or Assistant Stylist. Groomers generally perform a range of duties, including:

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

Working in this industry:

  • May involve weekend work
  • Requires a level of fitness that allows students to safely handle a range of dogs.

Further Study

After graduating, participants might like to undertake further study with the ACM40418 Certificate IV Vet Nursing or an Advanced Grooming Skill Set.

Course Dates & Times

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to students at their course information session or during pre-training review Interviews.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help students pay their fees.
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This course is in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Be over 17 years of age and either employed in a grooming salon or able to attend all classes on campus
  • Have the physical stamina to safely handle a variety of animals
  • Have a basic level of digital literacy to undertake the online component of the course
  • For Apprentice and Trainee courses, please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise an apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.

NOTE: It is recommended that all successful applicants be immunised against tetanus and any allergies to pet hair or washing products are controlled.

Core Units
Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
Complete animal care hygiene routines
Provide basic first aid for animals
Perform dog grooms on different coat types
Perform a cross breed clip
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
Capture, handle and transport companion animals
Provide professional companion animal grooming services
Participate in workplace communications
Source information for animal care needs
Provide information on companion animals, products and services
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
Provide basic care of domestic dogs
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Assessment methods may include:

  • 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

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It is important 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 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.

Once participants reach competence in both theoretical and practical skills they may be deemed competent and this varies for each individual student, many achieve this at the 12 month mark.

Placement: 40 hours placement to be completed in first 6 months

For workplace-based students, their trainer will also meet them in the workplace four 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.

Material fees cover all online and on-campus learning resources and consumables, including the required textbook; Notes From The Grooming Table; author Melissa Verplank; White Dog Enterprises Inc. ISBN-10 0975412809 ISBN-13 978 0975412800, a grooming apron and mask.

Students will need to provide their own stationery items.

Some commonly asked questions:

1. Do I have to buy my own equipment to use?

No, we provide everything. We find as students develop a love of grooming they start to purchase their own equipment but they do not need this for class, we have start of the art equipment and premises on which to work with.

2. How many students will be in my group?

Maximum of 8 - we operate the salon as a working salon. If you start your dog for the day, you finish the dog with the help from the teacher but as much like a real workplace as possible. Real workplaces are not viable if you need four people working on a dog, and we aim to show you how best to work independently so you are work ready.

3. Do you get me a job at the end?

No, we don't, but weekly we are asked if we have students suitable for varying workplaces. We only recommend our students to workplaces we feel match the student and will be the best outcome for them. Our employability rate last year was 94%, groomers are in very high demand.

4. I have anxiety issues, will I be ok?

Our small class sizes are perfect and we will try to match you to a group with like minded people.

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

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