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Certificate III in Pet Grooming


Certificate III in Pet Grooming ACM30617

Course Overview

If you've got a passion for keeping animals in tiptop shape, the Certificate III in Pet Grooming is a great place to start pursuing your career as a Pet Groomer or Assistant Stylist in a salon. Whether you’re already employed in a grooming salon or are starting from scratch, you'll learn the skills and knowledge 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 8 table grooming salon where we limit class sizes to 8 students allowing for one on one training.

We aim to have the students "workplace ready" so 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.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you 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, and requires a level of fitness that allows you to safely handle a range of dogs.

Further Study

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

Course Dates & Times

Wallan - High Street

Traineeship - Open from 15th Feb - 2021

On Campus - Starts on 12/07/2021 - Mon-Wed - 10am to 4pm / 2021

On Campus - Starts on 15/02/2022 - 1 Mon or Tues per fortnight - 9am to 4pm/2022

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

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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:

  • Be over 17 years of age and either employed in a grooming salon or able to attend all classes at the Werribee Grooming Salon
  • 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
  • Attend an interview
  • 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
  • For Apprentice and Trainee courses, please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your 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
Coordinate practice promotional activities

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

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.

Sherryn Smith

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.

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

For workplace-based students, your trainer will also meet you 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.

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Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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