About the course

About the course

Is taking care of our four-legged friends your calling?

If so, our pet grooming course provides comprehensive training in all the fundamental aspects of pet grooming services.  You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to work as a pet grooming attendant, be confident with salon reception and housekeeping duties, and learn how to successfully bath, brush, trim and perform other grooming services for domestic pets, usually dogs but sometimes also cats.

In practical and theory classes you’ll learn about:

  • basic animal behaviour
  • animal hygiene
  • workplace health and safety
  • infection control techniques

You’ll also develop excellent customer service skills and have the ability to demonstrate a high standard of cleanliness and professionalism.


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Course will be replaced

Please note: This course will change in the near future and alterations to the structure will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

April 2022

Full time: 6 months (3 to 4 days per week)

Part time: available with flexible course lengths and options (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input - 2 days per week is recommended)

Some theory classes will be held remotely via MS teams. Practicals will be completed in the grooming room

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

Successful completion of our pet grooming course will open up a range of opportunities in pet retail shops, grooming salons and boarding facilities; animal rescue centres and training facilities; and veterinary clinics. Once you have enough professional experience, you may even decide to open and operate your own pet grooming business.

This is a junior qualification that lets you work in industry as a junior groomer and bather

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Entry Requirements

To study this course you must have:

  • successfully completed year 10 or equivalent
  • the physical ability to successfully participate in all pet grooming activities
  • supply evidence of your current tetanus vaccination


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion, you can apply to study in related animal studies courses including:

  • Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing: this course may be used as a pre-requisite qualification for Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Credit transfers may apply.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Government Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$750$3,752$8,610
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$1,032$1,032$1,032
Retain Course Items$150$150$150
Total Course Estimate$2,181$5,183$10,041
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$2,181$5,183$10,041

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 16 units (including 8 core and 8 electives).  

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