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 can study this course as an on campus student - or as a trainee.  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 Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February, April and July 

Full time: 6 months (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)

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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.

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Entry Requirements

This qualification is delivered on-campus or as a traineeship.


To study as an on-campus student 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 apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for a traineeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.


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.


VTAC and direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation

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

  • Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (must be entry requirements)

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 to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $3,417.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $683.00
Full Tuition Fee $8,107.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$1,032.00
Retain Course Items***$150.00
* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. 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).  

Some core units are prerequisites for other units. If you are unsuccessful in completing the prerequisite units, you will be required to repeat these before continuing to the other units.

ACMGRM301: Perform dog grooms on different coat types - prerequisite requirements include ACMCAS306: Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort and ACMCAS307: Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services.  

ACMGRM302: Perform a crossbreed clip - prerequisite requirements include ACMCAS306: Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort, ACMCAS307: Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services and ACMGRM301: Perform dog grooms on different coat types.

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