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Certificate III in Animal Care Services
DENTOS Pet Stylist Academy RTO 2875
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This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.
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Self Paced, up to 12 months
Delivery Mode:
Blended (Online & Practical)
Start Date: 
Enrol Anytime
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Payment Options:
Payment Plans & Upfront Payment
Nationally Recognised Qualification
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Course Overview

ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services - PET GROOMING,  represents the latest nationally recognised qualification for individuals pursuing a career as professional dog groomers. It is the top grooming education course in Australia, equipping students with a profound understanding of the knowledge, skills, and techniques required to excel in the pet industry as dog groomers.

Throughout this program, students immerse themselves in the art of dog grooming, focusing on a wide range of essential tasks such as brushing, combing, nail clipping, ear cleaning, bathing, drying techniques, clippering, scissor finishing techniques, and precise pattern setting for different breeds. With a strong emphasis on acquiring grooming skills, students learn to master the intricacies of breed profiles, enhance speed and efficiency, and unlock their maximum grooming potential.

The curriculum ensures that students cultivate a proficient, responsible, and professional approach to grooming, fostering the development of highly qualified industry professionals. Under the guidance and expertise of qualified grooming instructors, students acquire the techniques and skills necessary to achieve competence in the field of professional pet grooming and styling.

Hands-on grooming applications and handling techniques are complemented by a well-structured self-study program, providing a comprehensive and well-rounded learning experience. 

Entry Requirements
To be eligible for this course, you must:
Be at least 17 years old
Completed Year 10 or Equivalent
Access to a computer, laptop or tablet
Internet access and email address
Proficiency in speaking and writing in English
Physically capable of restraining animals, handling animal feed and standing for extended periods of time
Course Subjects (units)
While completing the ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services - PET GROOMING qualification from the Pet Stylist Academy, you will study the following subjects:

ACMBEH301    Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals 
ACMGEN315   Communicate effectively with clients and team members 
ACMGEN303   Assess welfare status of an animal 
ACMGEN304   Promote positive well-being for self and others in animal care workplaces 
ACMGEN309   Provide basic animal first aid 
ACMINF301     Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work 
ACMWHS301   Contribute to workplace health and safety processes 
ACMGRM201   Bath, dry and brush domestic dogs 
ACMGRM303   Perform sanitary and hygiene grooms for companion animals 
ACMGRM304   Provide grooms on cross breed dogs 
ACMGRM305   Groom dogs to meet breed style and coat requirements 
ACMGRM403   Enhance companion animal coat and skin condition 
ACMSPE316     Provide general care of domestic dogs 
ACMGEN310   Provide reception services for an animal care facility 
ACMBEH302    Provide enrichment for animals 
ACMGEN311   Maintain and monitor animal health and well-being 
BSBCMM211    Apply communication skills 

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Course Delivery
Students have up to 12 months to complete the course. However, many students are able to complete their study within this time frame based upon the amount of hours dedicated to study each week.

The course program is taught using a blended approach (Online & Classroom).

The course is delivered online which means students are not required to attend classes or lectures. Students will receive access to our 'Learning Portal' where they will find the course materials, interactive learning materials, videos and assessments. In addition, students will also receive a hard copy of the Learner Resource.

While studying online, students will have access to our teaching support team via email, online chat or phone. Our teaching team will help support and guide students every step on their journey.

Classroom (Academy)
The practical training (hands-on) is completed at the Academy under the guidance and support of our qualified teachers and master groomers for 5-weeks full time. This ensures the student is taught the hands-on skills required to become a qualified groomer while being guided by our team.

During the practical training, students have access to a range of dog breeds to groom and are able to practice and perfect their skills in a safe environment. Students will develop a broad array of hands-on skills pivotal for promoting the well-being and enhancing the appearance of animals. They will master comprehensive grooming procedures tailored for a variety of breeds and species, encompassing activities such as hair trimming, bathing, brushing, and clipping. They will delve into more bespoke techniques such as coat styling, ear cleaning, and dental care, considering the distinct requirements and dispositions of diverse pets. 
Practical Training Dates
2024 (5 weeks)
  • January 22nd - February 23rd
  • February 26th - March 28th
  • April 14th - May 17th
  • May 20th - June 21st
  • July 8th - August 9th
  • August 12th - September 13th
  • September 30th - November 1st
  • November 4th - December 6th
Course Fees
The full fee for the course fee is $7,999.

Students have a choice of payment options that best suit their financial circumstances:

Payment Plans

For your convenience the Pet Stylist Academy offers two interest free payment plans, choose the one that best suits your lifestyle:
  • Direct Debit Options - $50 per week (36 months) - $60 per week (30 months) - $75 per week (24 months) - $100 per week (18 months) - $150 per week (12 months)
  • Installment Option - Pay in six (6) installments:1st installment $999 enrolment fee plus 5 x $1400 installments

Australian students may also be able to access government assistance through one of the following programs:
  • Youth Allowance (for students aged 16–24 years)
  • Austudy (for students aged over 25 years) 
  • ABSTUDY (for Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander students)
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