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ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Pet Grooming)

National ID: ACM30122 State ID: AD93
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Pet grooming is an important part of ensuring the overall health, hygiene and happiness of domestic animals. If you want to make a career out of your passion for our furry friends, this course will provide you with specialised training in all aspects of pet grooming services.

Learn from our team of experienced lecturers who can guide you to build a solid skillset in pet grooming, which will qualify you to work under supervision in a pet grooming establishment. Grow your knowledge in providing a high standard of hygiene grooming for domestic pets including washing, brushing and drying dogs, cleaning ears, using grooming tools and equipment, as well as specific grooming for different dog breeds and coats.

This is the most comprehensive qualification for pet grooming in Australia, and you’ll gain job ready skills for employment in any facility offering pet grooming services including, mobile or shop front salons, veterinary clinics, boarding kennels and pet retail outlets.

Students must have a genuine empathy for animals along with the communication skills and physical ability to successfully perform work placement in the pet grooming industry.

Study in specialist facilities

Our Murdoch campus has a dedicated Pet Grooming Clinic open to the general public which provides a simulated workplace environment. Students can gain hands-on experience in a real-life setting serving clients, taking care of animals and advancing their skills in pet grooming.


  • salon reception and housekeeping duties
  • bathing, brushing, trimming and other grooming services for domestic pets, usually dogs and in some cases cats
  • patience and genuine empathy for animals
  • customer service skills
  • cleanliness and professionalism.
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

Students must be at least 16 years to commence this course.

Attendance in class

Full time students will have 3-4 contact days on campus per week over two semesters.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10-15 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

You will be required to complete 100 hours of work placement in your second semester. More information will be given to you at your induction. 

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, highlighters, exercise book), A4 binder, A4 40 pocket refillable display book, 1 x packet of page marker flags, headphones/earphones and wear enclosed non-slip footwear. Students are not required to purchase any grooming equipment as all is provided for practical classes.

In addition, the following uniform is required to be worn at all classes:

  • non-slip flat shoes or boots
  • 1 SM TAFE Pet grooming polo shirt (cost is approximately $30, subject to change)
  • 1 Salon Scrub shirt (Cost is approximately $60, subject to change)

You will need to also purchase some PPE and work items that will be discussed with you in detail on your first-class induction.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

Work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you which will involve your attendance at a workplace.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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Semester 1, 2024

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Murdoch
How On Campus

Semester 2, 2023

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Murdoch
How On Campus

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