Animal Care Services
DENTOS Pet Stylist Academy RTO 2875
Do you have a PASSION for ANIMALS?
Looking for a career in DOG GROOMING?
Course Overview

The Certificate III Animal Care Services - Pet Grooming, is the NEW Australian Nationally Recognised qualification for dog groomers. This is the most comprehensive and detailed course available in Australia. This qualification gives you the knowledge, skills and techniques to work as a dog groomer in the pet industry.

Students concentrate on the grooming of dogs, including brushing, combing, clipping nails, cleaning ears, bathing, drying techniques, clippering and scissor finishing techniques as well as proper pattern setting for various breeds. Emphasis is placed on perfecting grooming skills while concentrating on proper breed profile, increasing speed and efficiency while developing maximum grooming potential.

The curriculum has been designed to ensure that the students learn to groom in a skillful, responsible, and professional manner and that their scope of knowledge creates highly qualified professionals. Under the direction and instruction of qualified grooming teachers, students acquire the techniques and skills necessary for competence in the field of professional pet grooming and styling. Practical grooming applications and handling techniques are complemented by a structured self-study program.

Course Details

Timeline: Up to 12 months to complete

Delivery: Online, Classroom (5 weeks), Blended

Classroom Duration: 5 weeks fulltime (9am - 4 pm, Monday to Friday)

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

Nationally Accredited: YES

Course Title & Code: ACM30121 Certificate III Animal Care Services - Pet Grooming

Practical Training Dates 2022

  • March 7th - April 8th PRACTICAL CLASS FULL

  • April 18th - May 20th PRACTICAL CLASS FULL

  • May 23rd - June 24th PRACTICAL CLASS FULL

  • July 11th - August 12th PRACTICAL CLASS FULL

  • August 15th - September 16th PRACTICAL CLASS FULL

  • October 4th - November 4th

  • November 7th - December 9th

Course Brochure

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Course Delivery

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

The theory (knowledge) is taught and assessed via our online learning platform. This allows students to start study at anytime and learn the required knowledge prior to attending the academy for the practical training.

The practical training (hands-on) is completed at the academy under the guidance and support of our qualified teachers and 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.


Course Investment: $7,500

Payment Plan Options:

  • Full Course Payment

  • Direct Debit Plan

Payment Plan Options Click Here



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)

Government Assistance Click Here​

What you will learn

Theory Subjects:

•    The Pet Industry
•    Animal Welfare and Handling
•    Workplace Health and Safety
•    Mental Health
•    Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
•    Cleaning and Disinfection
•    Customer Service and Communication
•    Dog Breeds and Coat Types
•    Dog Anatomy
•    Hair, Skin & Coat
•    Life Stages of a Dog
•    Canine Behaviour & Psychology
•    Positive Training of Dogs
•    Animal Handling & Restraints
•    Ears, Nails & Anal Glands

•    Pet First Aid
•    Fleas and Common Parasites
•    Zoonoses
•    Diseases and Infection control
•    Dog Nutrition
•    Feed and Animal Hydration
•    Dog Enrichment
•    Tools and Equipment
•    Shampoos and Conditioners
•    Environmental Sustainability in the Salon
•    Bathing dogs
•    Drying Techniques
•    Brushing
•    Matted and Tangled Coats
•    Grooming Coat Types

Practical Subjects:

•    Client Services
•    Reception
•    Financial Transactions
•    Telephone Booking
•    Staff Inductions
•    Dog Handling of all sizes
•    CPR On Dogs
•    First Aid Treatments for Dogs
•    Workplace Hazards and Injury Prevention
•    Nail Trimming
•    Bathing all Coat Types
•    Drying Coat Types
•    Sanitary and Hygiene Grooming
•    Poodle Points (Incl. feet and face)
•    Puppy Grooming

•    Pure Breed Grooming on a Wire Coat

•    Grooming Senior Dogs
•    Cross Breed Grooming on a Drop Coat
•    Cross Breed Grooming on a Double Coat
•    Cross Breed Grooming on a Combination Coat
•    Cross Breed Grooming on a Curly (fluff) Coat
•    Cross Breed Grooming on a Short/Smooth Coat
•    Cross Breed Grooming on a Double Coat
•    Pure Breed Grooming on a Drop Coat
•    Pure Breed Grooming on a Double Coat
•    Pure Breed Grooming on a Combination Coat
•    Pure Breed Grooming on a Curly (fluff) Coat
•    Pure Breed Grooming on a Short/Smooth Coat

Units of Study

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 wellbeing 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 wellbeing
BSBCMM211      Apply Communication Skills

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Student Handbook

Student handbook:

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