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Certificate IV in Pet Styling


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Certificate IV in Pet Styling – ACM40617

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Course Overview

Consolidate your career as a Groomer with the Certificate IV in Pet Styling.

You'll master the styling standards for different breeds, understand small animal anatomy, and be able to identify pet hygiene issues that may indicate a health concern.

You'll also learn skills in small business finances and strategy, and will be able to maintain and comply with a range of industry-standard health and safety processes.

This course is delivered on campus.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Companion Animal Services industry as a Pet Stylist.

You may find work in a grooming salon or start your own mobile pet styling business.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in business management or customer service with a course from our Business & IT department.

Course Dates & Times

Werribee - Research Close

One day per week - Starts 14 January - 9 am to 4pm

Strats 4th Feb, One day a fortnight - 9 am to 4pm - Sem 1 / 2020

Strats 1st July, One day a fortnight - 9 am to 4pm - Sem 2 / 2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials

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 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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.

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
Core Units
Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
Manage compliance in the companion animal industry
Provide professional companion animal grooming services
Provide basic first aid for animals
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
Perform dog grooms on different coat types
Carry out breed standard styling on dog breed groups
Maintain workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
Provide basic care of domestic dogs
Lead team effectiveness
Recommend products and services
Plan small business finances
Undertake small business planning

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical demonstration
  • Written assignments
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolios

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

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

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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