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 Pet Grooming course is the Australian Nationally Recognised qualification for dog groomers. 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 (4 weeks), Blended OR Work Placement

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

Assessments: Online Theory Assessments, Practical Assessments OR Work Placement

Nationally Accredited: YES

Course Title & Code: ACM30617 Certificate III Pet Grooming

Practical Training Dates 2021

  • 1st February - 26th February CLASS FULL

  • 1st March - 26th March CLASS FULL

  • 19th April - 14th May CLASS FULL

  • 17th May - 11th June

  • 12th July - 6th August

  • 16th August - 10th September

  • 11th October - 5th November

  • 8th November - 3rd December

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 4 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: $6,000

Payment Plan Options:

  • Full Course Payment

  • Direct Debit Plan

  • Interest Free 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:

  • Pet and Animal Industry

  • Animal Welfare and Legislation

  • Workplace, Health & Safety (WHS)

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Waste Disposal

  • Sustainability

  • Customer Service

  • Handling Complaints

  • Drop Off and Pick Ups

  • Dog Breeds

  • Anatomy and Physiology of a Dog

  • Dog Coat Types

  • Hair, Coat and Skin

  • Life Stage Development of a Dog

  • Canine Behaviour and Psychology

  • Dog Body language

  • Safe Dog Handling and Restraints

  • Animal Handling

  • Ears and Nail Care

  • Pet First Aid

  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Health Assessments

  • Fleas, Ticks and Common Parasites

  • Zoonoses

  • Infection Control

  • Nutrition for Dogs

  • Dog Food Supplements

  • Feed and Water

  • Feeding Frequency and Methods

  • Dog Enrichment

  • Grooming Tools and Equipment

  • Grooming Shampoos

  • Grooming Conditioners and Products

  • Bathing the Dog Techniques

  • Drying the Dog Techniques

Practical Subjects:

  • Salon Operations

  • Reception Services

  • Telephone Skills and Techniques

  • Safety Inductions

  • Dog Anatomy

  • Dog Handling

  • Liting Dogs

Small Size​

Medium Size

Large Size

  • Sustainability in the Workplace​

  • Health Assessments

  • Workplace Hazard Identification

  • Bathing and Drying

Short Coated Breeds​

Smooth Coated Breeds

Drop Coated Breeds

Fluff Coated Breeds

Double Coated Breeds

Combination Coated Breeds

  • Cross Breed Grooming

Drop Coated Breeds​

Fluff Coated Breeds

Double Coated Breeds

Combination Coated Breeds

  • Breed Standard Grooming

Drop Coated Breeds​

Fluff Coated Breeds

Double Coated Breeds

Combination Coated Breeds

Units of Study
  • ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry    

  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes     

  • ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility       

  • ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services

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

  • BSBINM301 Organise workplace information                              

  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

  • ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals

  • ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals

  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of dogs

  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines

  • ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and well being 

  • ACMCAS307 Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort

  • ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services

  • ACMGRM301 Perform dog grooms on different coat types 

  • ACMGRM302 Perform a cross breed clip 

Student Handbook

Student handbook:

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