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Certificate III in Pet Grooming

  • National Course Code: ACM30617
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30617-01V01-20YLH-039

Location – Yallah

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

6 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • 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 successfully complete this course, you will need:
To enrol in this course you must have a minimum of 8 hours work experience (paid or voluntary) in the Animal Care industry - specifically with access to pet grooming services. Venues include, Veterinary Clinics, pet shops, RSPCA, pounds, rescue centres and grooming salons. Details will need to be confirmed prior to acceptance into the course.

This is a face to face part time day course. You will need to attend approximately 6 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 17.5 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, assignment preparations.

To enrol in this course you must have a minimum of 8 hours work experience (paid or voluntary) in the Animal Care industry - specifically with access to pet grooming services. Venues include, Veterinary Clinics, pet shops, RSPCA, pounds, rescue centres and grooming salons. Details will need to be confirmed prior to acceptance into the course.

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Are you interested in employment in the Animal Grooming industry, where workers provide grooming services for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics and gooming salons.
    New Entrants to industry, existing workers wishing to receive a base qualification, school leavers and people returning to work are able to apply. This course is also suitable for trainees.

There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

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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

This course is currently scheduled for 1 day a week. This is a blended delivery course with structured timetabled workshops on select Mondays and Adobe online sessions on select Thursdays.


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.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGRM302 Perform a cross breed clip
ACMGRM301 Perform dog grooms on different coat types
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
ACMCAS306 Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMCAS304 Capture, handle and transport companion animals
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services
ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry

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

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Course Location

138 Marshall Mount Road, Yallah
Phone 131 601

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