Indulge your love of animals and become a qualified pet groomer in this highly practical course. Learn to safely handle and interact with animals. Comply with animal welfare policies and gain specialist skills in grooming for various dog breeds.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Safely interact and provide general care to animals
Assess animal welfare and provide animal first aid
Provide sanitary and hygiene grooming for companion animals, and domestic and crossbreed dogs
Groom dogs and companion animals according to breed to enhance their skin and coat
Communicate effectively with clients and team members
Promote positive wellbeing in the workplace
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level
Credit toward a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or other relevant animal care qualifications
Specialist skills in grooming a variety of dogs and dog breeds
An understanding of different animal breeds and their distinct grooming requirements
Skills to liaise with clients and work in many areas of the pet grooming industry, such as vet clinics, your own business, etc.
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
Please check your preferred campus location for campus-specific entry requirements.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
A passion for animals and their welfare
A patient and calm demeanour
A reasonable level of fitness to handle animals and carry out manual lifting
Access to a computer or personal device and an internet connection to complete home study
Appropriate clothing, which may include covered non-slip shoes, trousers and shirts for your classes. TAFE NSW will provide you with other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is specific to animal care
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: pet groomer, animal carer, animal shelter/kennel/cattery/pet shop worker, mobile dog groomer and small dog grooming business owner.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Pet Grooming) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 17 units of competency, including 7 core and 10 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
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TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
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