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Certificate III in Pet Grooming

  • National Course Code: ACM30617
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30617-01V01-20TAM-007

Location – Tamworth

Study Type

PT Evening

Course Start Date

03 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This qualification is for persons operating within an organisation that provides professional pet grooming services. A pet grooming attendant undertakes salon reception and housekeeping duties as well as bathing, brushing, trimming and other basic grooming services for domestic pets, usually dogs and in some cases cats. The duties require patience and a genuine empathy for animals, excellent customer service skills as well as high standards of cleanliness and professionalism.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have arranged your Work Placement which is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete one full working day per week for the duration of the course.

To successfully complete this course, you will need to have access to the internet.

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This is a part time evening, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 2.6 hours of class, over 1 night a week, for 18 months.

You may also be required to complete approximately 14 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, assignment preparation and work placement.


The Certificate III in Pet Grooming is an entry course into the companion animal pet grooming industry. This covers basic animal care and includes subject areas on; identification, handling, feeding and nutrition, WHS and workplace communications. The Certificate III in Pet Grooming also offers a pathway for further learning such as, Certificate IV Pet Styling and ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.


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As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

Your classes will run on Wednesday evenings 6.00-8.00pm via interactive webinar. You must also attend an appropriate animal care workplace for one full work day per week in order to gain the practical skills.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

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Core Units
Number Title
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGRM302 Perform a cross breed clip
ACMGRM301 Perform dog grooms on different coat types
ACMCAS306 Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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Course Location

13 Janison Street, Tamworth
Phone 131 601

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