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Certificate III in Pet Grooming

If you’re looking to become a pet groomer, then the ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming will get you started. This course will give you the foundation skills of bathing, grooming, scissoring techniques, and basic clipping. This means you’ll be able to gain employment as a pet groomer.

Designed specifically for people just starting out in the pet grooming industry, you’ll learn all about the foundations of grooming and clipping as well as general animal care, enabling you to advise owners on basic care.

Once you have completed the ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming and have some experience under your belt – you can look at completing the ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling and become a fully fledged professional pet styler, doing show breed clips, creative grooming and more.

Working in a grooming salon requires much skill and dedication. Providing a good grooming experience for the pet is just as important presenting a well-groomed pet to the owner. Advising owners on pet care can be part of the role too, so you must have good general animal care knowledge to provide an all around excellent customer experience. As a groomer you are on the forefront of recognising external parasites and can advise owners suitably, providing an additional layer of service to your clients.  You’ll learn about this and more in your course.

Please note: You’ll need to allow 30 days of work experience both at a grooming salon and a general animal care workplace to build the practical skills needed to complete this course, if you are not already employed in a salon. This is split into three lots of 10 days. Once placement can be done at a pet shop, shelter or other similar workplaces to get a more rounded animal care education, whilst the remaining two are grooming specific.

Certificate III in Pet Grooming

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What Will I Study in the

ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming?

Please note: You can get credit for some subjects if you’ve already completed studies in Animal Studies or Companion Animal Services. Talk to us for more information, as this will vary from student to student.

This course will cover everything you need to start working in a grooming salon as a junior . Split into three sections, you will start learning about grooming in stage one, learn more in stage two, and the general animal studies component covers animal husbandry.

Here’s a list of the subjects you’ll study:

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Animal Restraint & Transport

This is a entire subject devoted to the correct handling and restraint of the animals in our care. Although a large focus is on dogs and cats – rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and wildlife are also covered. Providing safe and low stress animal handling is a vital skill for any animal care worker. Students will also learn the basics of reading animal body language.

Health & Safety at Work
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Health and safety are vital aspects of working in any animal care workplace. We’ll introduce you to Work Health and Safety legislation and how it applies to employees, and teach you the basics of risk management and controls. We’ll also show you how to deal with sharps, allergies, noise, dangerous chemicals and drugs, emergencies, biological hazards and zoonoses. Then we’ll finish off with a closer look at animal hazards and manual handling when it comes to animal care workplaces and how you can minimise risks.

Hydrobathing and Grooming Animals
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This subject will take you through what a hydrobath is, the various setups available, how to set up, use, clean and maintain, and of course, how to bath animals correctly. You’ll also learn about all the equipment and its care, various grooming services you will need to master, and basic clipping and scissoring techniques.

Stage One Work Placement: Bathing & Drying
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To ensure you can complete the practical requirements of this stage, you must complete these 10 days in a grooming salon (it’s ok to be attached to a vet clinic or pet shop). In some instances, we may approve an alternative workplace where they routinely undertake hydrobathing and grooming of pets as part of their service.

There are a variety of photo portfolios and videos of you grooming, washing and drying animals that make up the practical assessment for this stage. The course cannot be completed without these.

For this section, you will need to nominate a Workplace Mentor who holds an appropriate qualification to verify your skills in the workplace.

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Basic First Aid for Animals
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This subject will introduce you to what to do in an emergency situation when you come across an ill or injured companion animal. You will learn about keeping yourself, others and the animal safe whilst administering basic first aid. We also cover initial first aid steps, how to safely transport to a vet clinic, and when you must contact a vet for further advice and treatment.

Communications

This short subject will equip you with vital workplace communication skills so you can talk ‘shop’ with your colleagues, then switch to client friendly terms. It also helps ensure you can communicate your point clearly as clear communication is vital for great team work.

Grooming Different Breeds
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This intermediate grooming subject will set you up to correctly perform grooming of various breeds and their requirements, based on breed standards and coat types. It does not cover breed specific clips, as these are covered in the Certificate IV in Pet Styling.

Providing Advice to Owners

Groomers often give product advice to owners, whether on coat care, shampoos, or parasite preventative products. This subject will ensure you are prepared to educate clients on great pet care. This enables you to add more value to your service as a groomer.

Stage Two Work Placement: Basic Grooming Skills
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To ensure you can complete the practical requirements of this stage, you must complete these 10 days in a grooming salon (it’s ok to be attached to a vet clinic or pet shop).

There are a variety of photo portfolios and videos of you grooming dogs that make up the practical assessment for this stage. The course cannot be completed without these.

For this section, you will need to nominate a Workplace Mentor who holds an appropriate qualification to verify your skills in the workplace.

Certificate III in Pet Grooming
Infection Control in Animal Care
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This is a vital element in animal care facility – you’ll learn how to apply basic infection control principles to prevent the spread of diseases, how to set up and use an isolation facility, and how to handle potentially infectious animals.

Payments and Banking
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This subject will take you through completing a sale and taking payment for services or products. You’ll also learn how to perform reconciliations and cash handling safety.

Cross Breed Clips
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This intermediate grooming subject will set you up to correctly perform grooming and clipping of cross breed (non breed specific) clips. You’ll also learn about correct maintenance and cleaning of clippers and other equipment.

Stage Three Work Placement: Pet Clips
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To ensure you can complete the practical requirements of this stage, you must complete these 10 days in a grooming salon (it’s ok to be attached to a vet clinic or pet shop).

There are a variety of photo portfolios and videos of you clipping dogs that make up the practical assessment for this stage. The course cannot be completed without these.

For this section, you will need to nominate a Workplace Mentor who holds an appropriate qualification to verify your skills in the workplace.

Additional Information on the

ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming

Entry Requirements

Enrolment criteria!

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Have successfully completed Year 10, or equivalent (eg a Cert II)
  3. Be able to undertake work experience at an approved grooming salon (30 days required), or already be employed in one.
The Enrolment Process

Enrolling could not be easier!

It’s as easy as A, B, C!

  1. Click the ‘Enrol Now’ button right to submit your initial enrolment form.
    You’ll instantly receive your enrolment package via email.
  2. Complete the forms and post them back to us along with your payment (we’ll need this before we can secure your place on our course).

Once we have confirmed your payment and enrolment (within about a week), you’ll receive an email containing your online access details. You can get started straight away!

Course Price

How much will the course cost?

Option 1: Pay in Full and Pay Only $3995 (Normally $4295)

Save $800 when you pay for your course in full, up front as part of our special introductory deal!

Option 2: Interest Free Payment Plan: $4495 total, save $300 off the regular price of $4795.

Secure your place with deposit of $495 (normally $795). Then pay just $400/month for 10 months, or $200/fortnight for 20 fortnights. This is the equivalent of only $100 a week.

Important notes on Payment Plans:

  1. Instalments are only available to Australian residents. Overseas based students must pay in full with an additional fee for postage.
  2. If you fly through the course and finish early, you must pay for your course in full before a certificate is issued.
  3. If you decide the course is not for you and want to withdraw, you must still pay for the course cost in full. If you have issues with the course, we urge you to talk to us before withdrawing – we have many solutions!
  4. If paying fortnightly, your payments will start 14 days after your enrolment is activated and then will be every fortnight until paid in full. If paying monthly you can elect which day of the month your payments are made, and these will start within 30 days of your enrolment being activated. Payments are by direct debit from a credit card or Australia bank account only.
  5. It’s important to contact us if you are struggling with your payments – if you fall behind by 14 days or more without making alternative arrangements, you may be withdrawn from the course.

PLEASE NOTE:
Prices current from 15th September 2017. All prices include resource fees, tuition costs, and administration fees. Additional fees may apply if you do not pass an assignment after two attempts, you need to re-enrol in a subject for any reason, or you need longer than 12 months to complete the course.

Government Funding

What government funding is available?

Unfortunately at this time there is no government funding available for this course. We do encourage you to contact your local job seeker service or apprenticeship centre for further suggestions.

You can, however, enrol with one of our payment plans and spread the cost out over several months.

Course Dates

Start anytime it suits you!

You can start anytime! There are no set semester start dates for this course.

Units of Competency

ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming

For this qualification to be awarded, you must complete 16 units of competency. Eight of these are core units, and the remaining eight are electives. Your electives are set within our course structure and cannot be changed.

The core units you will cover within your subjects are:

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

Your electives are:

  • ACMCAS304 Capture, handle and transport companion animals
  • ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • SIRXSLS002 Follow point-of-sale handling procedures
  • SIRRRTF001 Balance and secure point-of-sale terminal
  • BSBCUS402 Address Customer Needs
  • ACMGAS208 Source Information for Animal Care Needs
  • ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry
FAQs

This course should be completed within 12 months. We find most students need to dedicate at least 5-10 hours per week to study. This will give you enough time to finish the required reading and complete assessment tasks. If you’re a quick study, you can also complete the course faster if you wish. Additional fees apply if you want to extend your study time past 12 months.

This is a blended course delivered via work placement in an approved animal care workplace or salon near you along side printed learner’s guides and our online Learning Centre.

There are no set due dates, but we’ll give you a guide to ensure you can complete the course in the 12 months timeframe.  This gives you flexibility to fit the course around your schedule and lifestyle.

Once the course starts, you’ll receive printed learner’s guides to take you step by step through your studies and prepare you for assessments. There’s also extra study resources available via our Learning Centre – you’ll submit assignments through this wesbite, too. Each subject contains various assessment tasks.

You can expect written assignments, grooming portfolios, and video assessments completed at work placement.

This is an integral feature of our courses to build up your practical skills and make you work ready. You’ll be required to find your own placements, but we’ll also assist where we can, giving you vital tools such as writing cover letters and resumes.

Plan to do your placements in two-week blocks at a grooming salon or other animal care workplace approved by us. Some students may require additional days of work experience to complete the skills component of the course.

If you need more flexibility, you can break up your placements into smaller chunks – just as long as you complete a minimum 30 full time days over the duration of the course (e.g. 1 day per week or 4 x 1-week blocks). During your placement, you’re fully covered by the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges’ insurance (our partner RTO).

Ready to learn more? After you’ve completed this course you can move on to:

  • ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling