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ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming


This course is designed for people who have a passion for working with animals and are wanting to pursue a career in pet grooming. The ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming provides you with the necessary foundational skills and knowledge to work as a pet groomer, performing core tasks including brushing, clipping, de-shedding, bathing and drying. Emphasis is placed on developing grooming techniques while concentrating on maintaining breed standards, increasing speed and efficiency while developing maximum grooming potential. The duties of a pet groomer require patience and a genuine empathy for animals, excellent customer service skills as well as high standards of cleanliness and professionalism. This course is also the ideal foundation for the ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling.


The Pet Grooming sector is experiencing significant growth in Australia, contributing in excess of $700 million to the economy annually which is expected to reach $1 billion by 2025 according to Animal Medicine Australia. The pet grooming industry continues to evolve rapidly with new products and services including emerging grooming trends of Asian Fusion styles and coat colouring, as well as a focus on holistic and organic grooming products.

Key tasks and functions this qualification will prepare you for include:

  • Clipping and scissoring coats
  • Bathing and drying coats
  • De-shedding and stripping double-coated dog breeds
  • Performing ear and nail care
  • Maintaining and monitoring animal health and wellbeing
  • Customer service and customer relations

Benefits of Studying Course:

  • Gain a nationally recognised accredited qualification
  • Be work ready for an employment growth sector. According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook Service, the sector has “strong” future growth prospects and provides strong career pathways into a diverse range of careers in animal welfare and care
  • Access to an employment area that offers a diversity of roles and working conditions – including flexible hours and geographic location
  • Develop strong communication, team work and customer service skills

Employment Opportunities:

  • Pet Groomer in a salon
  • Self-employed pet groomer
  • Mobile Dog Groomer
  • Pet Groomer at a Veterinarian Clinic
  • Bather & Dryer

Course Duration:

6 months – 9 months

There are 16 units of study in the qualification made up of 8 core units and 8 elective units of competency.

Core Units:

  • ACMCAS306 Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
  • ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGRM301 Perform dog grooms on different coat types*
  • ACMGRM302 Perform a cross breed clip**
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes Core 50


* Pre requisite units for ACMGRM301 Perform dog grooms on different coat types are:

  • ACMCAS306 Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
  • ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services

** Pre requisite unit for ACMGRM302 Perform a cross breed clip is:

  • ACMGRM301 Perform dog grooms on different coat types

Elective Units:

  • ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products, and services
  • ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • BSBINM301 Organise workplace information

Delivery Mode & Work Placement:

The ACM30617 has a blended delivery with online theory, a 4 week block training and 2 individual training days for practical assessments at our Cleveland premises.


The block training will be held 9.00 am - 3:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday for 4 weeks.


For the online theory you will have access to Skills Generation’s Learning Management System (LMS) 24/7 for ultimate study flexibility at times that suit you.


If you cannot attend the Cleveland premises for the 4 week block training and practical assessments, please talk to your trainer about potential alternative arrangements, which may include RPL for experienced groomers.


Courses commence on a rolling basis for your convenience. Please contact Student Services at to find the next start date for this course.

Recommended Study Hours Per Week:

20 hours per week. This may vary for learners who are able to claim Recognition of Prior Learning.

Learning Materials May Include:

  • Paper based and/or digital content with assessments accessed online
  • Access to Skills Generation Learning Management System (LMS) including Library resources
  • Skype/other for training sessions or meetings
  • Inclusive Learning Strategies are also available for learners with disabilities, enabling them to participate on the same basis as other learners

Assessments May Include:

  • Professional discussion with your trainer
  • Individual tasks and assessments completed online
  • Practical assessments
  • Work-based reflective tasks
  • Demonstration of practical skills through digital recording as applicable

Certification / Recognition:

On successful completion of all units of competency and having completed the practical and written assessments, you will receive the nationally recognised qualification:

ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming

The qualification is awarded by Skills Generation RTO41008, with training and assessment having been delivered by Skills Generation or a Third Party approved training provider.

Learner Requirements:

  • Access to a computer with word processing, email, Skype/other, PDF reader capabilities and a reliable internet connection
  • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) levels that indicate you have a high probability of being able to successfully complete the course. Skills Generation can help you assess your current LLN levels as required to ensure we are able to effectively support you
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

Online Study:

Skills Generation’s Learning Management System (LMS) offers you a one-stop-shop for accessing your learning content and assessment, as well as allowing you to communicate with your trainer/assessor and other learners if you wish. You can upload your assessments with no size or format limits as well as accessing your trainer/assessor’s feedback and to monitor your results.

You will have access to the Learning Management System 24/7 for ultimate study flexibility at times that suit you. The Skills Generation LMS Resources Library also provides you with additional resources that may enhance your learning experience.

About Recognition of Prior Learning:

If you are currently working, or have previously worked in a relevant industry, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  RPL applies where you have workplace experience/competency that can be formally assessed against the units of competency in this course. There is an RPL Kit developed for this qualification and if you wish to undertake an RPL process, please advise Student Services or your trainer/assessor.

You’ll Need a USI:

The Commonwealth Government requires all learners doing nationally recognised, accredited training courses to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  Learners are unable to enrol without their USI.  To find out more and obtain your USI please go to:

What’s Your Investment?

The cost of this course is $7,000.00. There is no government funding associated with this course.


Payment Plans are available through the PaySmart payment platform. This allows you to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment instalments – please note that fees apply.  Student Services can assist you with further details.

We’re Here to Help:

For all course content, assessments and work placement queries, please contact your trainer/assessor.

If you change your address or contact details, have questions over funding, payments, USI, enrolment etc., please contact Student Services at .  Please note that learners must keep us updated on any changes to their contact details.

Student Services can also connect you to the LMS Coordinator who is here to help you navigate Skills Generation’s LMS.

Anything that will make your study life easier, we’re here for you – so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What’s Next?

After completing this course, you may be interested in enhancing your skills, knowledge, and job promotion prospects by going on to study:


ACM 40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling

University Pathways

Skills Generation proudly partners with select Australian Universities to provide pathway options for university study. University pathways include guaranteed entry and credit for Skills Generation graduates of Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications.

Learn more about university pathways for Skills Generation graduates

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Need to Know More?

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