DENTOS Pet Stylist Academy RTO 2875
Do you have a PASSION for ANIMALS?
Looking for a career in the Pet Industry?
Course Overview

The ACM30417 Certificate III Companion Animal Services reflects the role of those working in pet related industries. The skills developed during the course can be used across many aspects of the pet industry. You will learn the basic skills and knowledge of animal care to prepare you for work in the animal industry.

You’ll learn to maintain and monitor animal health, maintain hygiene and infection control and provide basic care to a range of companion animals. The course also provides industry skills in areas such as animal care and nutrition, animal wellbeing, workplace information, environment sustainability and work health and safety.

By completing this qualification, you will be able to work in a variety of roles including, pet shop attendant, kennel attendant, cattery attendant, assistant dog trainer, pet exerciser, assistant grooming attendant.

This course reflects the role of individuals required to apply a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied pet industries and undertake skilled work. This qualification serves also as a pathway for further learning.

Course Details

Timeline: Up to 12 months to complete

Delivery: Online, Classroom (4 weeks), Blended OR Work Placement (120 hours)

  • Classroom Duration: 4 weeks fulltime (9am - 4 pm, Monday to Friday) OR 

  • Work Placement: minimum 15 full days (120 hours)

Assessments: Online Theory Assessments, Practical Assessments and/or Work Placement

Nationally Accredited: YES

Course Title & Code: ACM30417 Certificate III Companion Animal Services


Practical Training 2022

  • 31st January - 25th February CLASS FULL

  • 7th March - 1st April CLASS FULL

  • 26th April - 20th May

  • 23rd May - 17th June

  • 11th July - 5th August

  • 15th August - 9th September

  • 4th October - 28th October

  • 7th November - 2nd December

Course Delivery

The course program is taught using a blended approach (online & work placement OR classroom).

The theory (knowledge) is taught using our online ‘Learning Centre’ with printed learner’s guides. This allows you the flexibility to study when it suits your schedule. You won’t need to attend any on-campus classes. We’ve designed the course to fit around your work and lifestyle.

Once the student has completed their theory study and assessments, they are then able to commence their practical training. The practical training is taught during work placement or volunteer work. A minimum of 15 full days is required (120 hours minimum) to complete the training and practical assessments for the Certificate III Companion Animal Services.

Completing the work placement is an integral feature of the course, designed to build up student’s practical skills and make them work-ready. Students are required to find their own placements. We can provide support or guidance in this area.

For those wanting a more intensive program, they are able to attend the academy on the Gold Coast for a 4-week practical training block


Course Investment: $5,000

Payment Plan Options:

  • Full Course Payment

  • Direct Debit Plan

  • Interest Free Plan

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Government Assistance: If you’re studying, training or doing an Australian Apprenticeship, you may be eligible for 1 of 3 Government Assistance payments.


  • Youth Allowance (age 16-24 years)

  • Austudy (age over 25 years)

  • ABSTUDY (Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander)

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What you will learn

Subjects covered in the qualification:

  • Dog Breeds and Coat Types

  • Dog Anatomy

  • Animal Welfare and Handling

  • Workplace Health and Safety

  • Canine Behaviour and Psychology

  • Diseases and Infection control

  • Fleas and Common Parasites

  • Zoonoses

  • Pet First Aid

  • Dog Enrichment

  • Nutrition

  • Ears and Nail Care

  • Customer Relations and Salon (or mobile) procedures

  • Tools and Equipment

  • Bathing and Drying different coat types

  • Basic Grooming

Units of Study

  • ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry

  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines

  • ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and well being

  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work

  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes   

  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

  • ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility

  • ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services       

  • ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services

  • ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals

  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of dogs

  • BSBINM301 Organise workplace information                              

  • ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals

  • ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of Animals

  • ACMGAS204 Feed and Water Animals 

Student Handbook

Student handbook:

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