ACM30612
Certificate III in PET GROOMING


upskill program for veterinary nurses

gain a new qualification in grooming to expand your career & skills

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Our ACM30612 Certificate III in Pet Grooming Upskill Program is the perfect addition to your veterinary nursing qualifications. We’ve specifically structured it to apply the most credits possible from your veterinary nursing studies. This means less study and lower costs, enabling you add a new skill set and qualifications to your resume. Our goal is to make our graduates stand out from the crowd, and adding this qualification to your resume will certainly make you more attractive to potential employers.

Many veterinary clinics now offer pet grooming services. Some clinics use their veterinary nurses to perform grooms, and others employ dedicated groomers. Either way, the ACM30612 Certificate III in Pet Grooming will equip you to work in this growing additional service veterinary clinics are offering.

Using your units from your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, or your ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (Veterinary Nursing), we apply credits over to the non-grooming aspects of the course. We’ll also apply some recognition of prior learning to gain more units. You then complete the grooming subjects necessary to gain the ACM30612 Certificate III in Pet Grooming. If you have an earlier Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, or other animal studies qualifications, we can look at your credits and design your own personal upskill program.

By taking your veterinary nursing experience and qualifications, you’re already ahead of the pack. Pet Grooming, is a natural progression for your animal care career. Finding employment in a clinic can be competitive, so give yourself the edge by holding pet grooming qualifications. Perhaps even pick up extra shifts in the grooming department.

Like all our courses, flexibility is built in, so you can easily combine study with your existing commitments.

Please note: As part of the course you’ll be required to complete a minimum 20 days of practical work experience in a grooming salon or grooming department in a veterinary clinic. This can be through paid employment or a volunteer work placement.

If you are an ACVN Graduate from Cert III or IV, you’ll only have 4 subjects to complete along with your placement.

If you studied elsewhere you may have to do a couple more subjects. We’ll look at your unit credits and let you know.

Nationally Recognised Training


This certificate is delivered in conjunction with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (RTO31258)

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What will I study in the ACM30612
CERTIFICATE III IN PET GROOMING UPSKILL PROGRAM?

ALL STUDENTS WILL COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING FULL STUDY SUBJECTS AS PART OF THE UPSKILL PROGRAM.
Of course, if you have unit credits we can apply, this may mean you’ll get to skip some of the below subjects.

ALL STUDENTS

Basic First Aid for Animals (FULL STUDY or RPL)
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This subject will introduce you to what to do in an emergency situation when you come across an ill or injured companion animal. You will learn about keeping yourself, others and the animal safe whilst administering basic first aid. We also cover initial first aid steps, how to safely transport to a vet clinic, and when you must contact a vet for further advice and treatment. Most students will study this subject in full.

Certificate IV in Vet Nursing Graduates
We will apply recognition of prior learning to gain you ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals, based on your previous studies and experience as a veterinary nurse.

Other Students
If you have completed ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals in your previous studies, then we will apply a credit for this subject.
This will reduce your course cost and you won’t have to complete this subject.

Hydrobathing & Grooming (FULL STUDY)

This subject will takeyou through what a hydrobath is, the various setups available, how to set up, use, clean and maintain, and of course, how to bath animals correctly. You’ll also learn about all the equipment and its care, various grooming services you will need to master, and basic clipping and scissoring techniques.

All students complete this subject unless you have completed both ACMCAS306A Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort and ACMCAS307A Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services in your previous studies.

You will need to complete and pass this subject and it’s related practical component before you can commence Grooming Different Breeds or Cross Breed Clips, as the included units are pre-requisites for the units within the next two subjects.

Grooming Different Breeds (FULL STUDY)
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This intermediate grooming subject will set you up to correctly perform grooming of various breeds and their requirements, based on breed standards and coat types.

All students complete this subject unless you have completed ACMGRM301A Perform dog grooms on different coat types in your previous studies.

Before commencing this subject, you will need to complete and pass the Hydrobathing & Grooming subject and it’s related practical component to meet the pre-requisites for the units within this subject.

Cross Breed Clips (FULL STUDY)
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This intermediate grooming subject will set you up to correctly perform grooming and clipping of cross breed (non breed specific) clips. You’ll also learn about correct maintenance and cleaning of clippers and other equipment.

All students complete this subject unless you have completed ACMGRM302A Perform a cross breed clip in your previous studies.

Before commencing this subject, you will need to complete and pass the Hydrobathing & Grooming subject and it’s related practical component to meet the pre-requisites for the units within this subject.

Practical Experience - Work Placement
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As part of completing the practical aspects of this course, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 20 days of work experience. This is delivered as two seperate placements (10 days each). Students are expected to find their own placement but we will assist where we can! You can complete up to 30 days of placement if you need additional time to gain experience.

Your placements must occur either at a grooming salon, or at a veterinary clinic where grooming services are provided. You may undertake this as part of your employment or as a volunteer work placement student.

Your first placement covers hydrobathing and grooming, along with ancillary skills and any RPL components that you need to complete. Your second placement is for grooming different breeds and learning basic clipping and scissoring.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience,
you’ll have to complete the following.

ACVN Certificate III in Animal Studies Graduates Only

Unit Credits
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The following units of competency will be applied as unit credits, as you would have completed them as part of your ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies with us. You won’t be charged for these units, nor will you need to complete any study.

  • ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMCAS304A Capture, handle and transport companion animals
  • BSBCUS401 Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies
Recognition of Prior Learning Component

Based on the studies you completed with us previously, we’ll RPL you for the following units. There is no additional work for you to complete, we’ll do it all for you. Depending on when you graduated, we may ask you to provide additional evidence, but this will be minor.

  • ACMCAS301A Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice

ACVN Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Graduates

Unit Credits
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The following units of competency will be applied as unit credits, as you would have completed them as part of your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with us. You won’t be charged for these units, nor will you need to complete any study.

  • ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMCAS304A Capture, handle and transport companion animals
  • ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice

Depending on when you studied with us, you may also receive credits for:

  • ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • BSBCUS401 Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

If you don’t hold these two units, we’ll RPL you for them instead, or swap in another unit credit that you hold that is relevant to working as a groomer.

Recognition of Prior Learning Component

Based on the studies you completed with us previously, we’ll RPL you for the following units. There is no additional work for you to complete, we’ll do it all for you. Depending on when you graduated, we may ask you to provide additional evidence, but this will be minor.

  • ACMCAS301A Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing (unless you have a credit transfer)
Sustainable Work Practices (FULL STUDY)
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This short subject aims to increase awareness sustainable work practices and is a government requirement. It takes a look at the resources you’re likely to use each day and how to minimise the impact on our environment. You’ll take a practical ‘audit’ of a workplace to see what resources are used and how to implement measures that reduce waste.

This subject is required to gain competency in ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices. If you already hold this unit, we’ll apply it as a credit and you wont have to study this subject. It’ll also reduce your course cost.

Certificate III in Animal Studies Graduates from other providers

Unit Credits
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The following units of competency will be applied as unit credits, as you would have completed them as part of your ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies. You won’t be charged for these units, nor will you need to complete any study. You may even have more units we can credit transfer, but we’ll need to see a transcript before we can advise you of these.

  • ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Recognition of Prior Learning Component

Based on other units you have completed and your animal care experience, we’ll RPL you for the following units. We may ask you to provide additional evidence as part of this process, but we’ll guide you the whole way through.

  • ACMCAS301A Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
Handling Animals (FULL STUDY)
Animal Handling Techniques

Handling Animals is a entire subject devoted to the correct handling and restraint of the animals in our care. Although a large focus is on dogs and cats – rabbits, guinea pigs and birds are also covered. Providing safe and low stress animal handling is a vital skill for any animal care worker. Students will also learn the basics of reading animal body language.

This subject is required to gain competency in ACMCAS304A Capture, handle and transport companion animals. If you already hold this unit, we’ll apply it as a credit and you wont have to study this subject. It’ll also reduce your course cost.

Preventative Mediations & Client Advice (FULL STUDY)
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This subject prepares students for recognising, treating and preventing the common parasites found on and in domestic animals. You will also learn what vaccinations animals need, the diseases they cover, and why they are so important. This will ensure you are prepared to educate clients on protecting their pets and family and achieve a high compliance.

This subject is required to gain competency in ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs AND BSBCUS401 Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies. If you already hold both these units, we’ll apply it as a credit and you wont have to study this subject. It’ll also reduce your course cost. If you only hold one, your course cost will be lower, but you’ll still need to complete the subject.

Reception & Office Duties (FULL STUDY)
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Many animal care facilities will require you to handle basic reception and administration duties and feeling confident in this area can make you more employable. We’ll cover how to make appointments, give product advice, and handle money, as well as some basic office procedures. We’ll also cover communication techniques, customer service skills and the all-important how to deal with complaining clients gracefully.

This subject is required to gain competency in ACMGAS207A Provide reception services for an animal care facility . If you already hold this unit, we’ll apply it as a credit and you wont have to study this subject. It’ll also reduce your course cost.

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Graduates from other providers

Unit Credits
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The following units of competency will be applied as unit credits, as you would have completed them as part of your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with any provider. You won’t be charged for these units, nor will you need to complete any study.

  • ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice

Of course, if you have other credits we can apply, we will advise you of this when you apply.

Recognition of Prior Learning Component

Based on previous vet nurse studies and your experience, we’ll RPL you for the following units. We may ask you to provide additional evidence, but we’ll guide you through this.

  • ACMCAS301A Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing (unless you have a credit transfer)
Handling Animals (FULL STUDY)
Animal Handling Techniques

Handling Animals is a entire subject devoted to the correct handling and restraint of the animals in our care. Although a large focus is on dogs and cats – rabbits, guinea pigs and birds are also covered. Providing safe and low stress animal handling is a vital skill for any animal care worker. Students will also learn the basics of reading animal body language.

This subject is required to gain competency in ACMCAS304A Capture, handle and transport companion animals. If you already hold this unit, we’ll apply it as a credit and you wont have to study this subject. It’ll also reduce your course cost.

Preventative Mediations & Client Advice (FULL STUDY)
medicine bottle icon

This subject prepares students for recognising, treating and preventing the common parasites found on and in domestic animals. You will also learn what vaccinations animals need, the diseases they cover, and why they are so important. This will ensure you are prepared to educate clients on protecting their pets and family and achieve a high compliance.

This subject is required to gain competency in ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs AND BSBCUS401 Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies. If you already hold both these units, we’ll apply it as a credit and you wont have to study this subject. It’ll also reduce your course cost. If you only hold one, your course cost will be lower, but you’ll still need to complete the subject.

Sustainable Work Practices (FULL STUDY)
Sustainable Work Practices icon

This short subject aims to increase awareness sustainable work practices and is a government requirement. It takes a look at the resources you’re likely to use each day and how to minimise the impact on our environment. You’ll take a practical ‘audit’ of a workplace to see what resources are used and how to implement measures that reduce waste.

This subject is required to gain competency in ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices. If you already hold this unit, we’ll apply it as a credit and you wont have to study this subject. It’ll also reduce your course cost.

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Additional Information on the
ACM30612
CERTIFICATE III IN PET GROOMING

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

  • Have successfully completed either ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies OR a ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Older Certificate IV graduates can also apply, but the credit transfers and therefore cost may vary.
  • Be able to undertake work placement at a grooming salon, or a vet clinic with grooming facilities (20 days in total, split however it suits you).
  • Have access to computers and the internet as this is an online course.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, don’t stress. You may be eligible to still study pet grooming through our sister college, the Australian College of Animal Care.

The Enrolment Process

Enrolling is very simple!

  1. Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
  2. Fill out the form and attach copies of your previous qualification/s.
  3. Check your email account for the enrolment package (it might go to spam so ensure you check there too). Our Nurse Educators will have to prepare your enrolment package personally,
    as we have to check what credits we can apply for you. It might take a day or two for your enrolment package to arrive.
  4. Fill out the enrolment and payment forms, and post or email it back to us.

Once your enrolment and payment have been processed, you will receive an email from us with all the information you need to access the Learning Centre. After you have completed your Student Induction, we’ll courier out your printed resources.

Course Price

The full ACM30612 Certificate III in Pet Grooming normally costs $4395! By applying credits and completing recognition of prior learning,
this upskill program starts at $1995!

Need a Payment Plan?

For ACVN Graduates, enrol now with a first instalment of $495. Then simply pay $150 per month for 10 months.

If you studied elsewhere, your deposit is $500, and your instalments are $180 for 10 months (Cert III Grads) or $160 (Cert IV Grads).

Important notes on Payment Plans:

  1. Even if you have completed your studies, you’ll not receive your certificate until you’ve paid for your course in full.
  2. You are also responsible for paying the entire course cost, even if you decide to not complete the full course.
  3. Payments will start from when your course commences. Payments are by direct debit from a credit card or Australian bank account only, and to make your life easier, you can elect to pay monthly if you prefer. Need a different payment plan? That’s ok too, just talk to us to discuss a suitable arrangement.
  4. If you fall behind in your payments by more than 14 days without arranging an alternative payment date, you may be withdrawn from the course. So it’s important to contact us if you are struggling.
  5. International students are not eligible for Payment Plans.

PLEASE NOTE:
ALL PRICES INCLUDE RESOURCE FEES, TUITION, AND ADMINISTRATION FEES. ADDITIONAL FEES MAY APPLY IF YOU DO NOT PASS A SUBJECT, YOU NEED TO RE-ENROL IN A SUBJECT FOR ANY REASON, OR YOU EXTEND YOUR ENROLMENT PERIOD.

Government Funding

Is there government funding for this course?

Please contact our partner RTO Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges on 1800 888 710 for details on available funding.

If you are not eligible you can enrol with one of our easy interest free payment plans.

We do encourage you to contact your local job seeker service or apprenticeship centre for further suggestions.

Course Dates

We accept new students every day of the week!

  • No waiting for a semester to start. Enrol now to get your career moving.
  • You can secure your place by enrolling and sending us your first payment. You’ll receive your online access and printed learner’s guides in around a week!
  • You will be given 12 months to complete your course, and if you need more time, that’s ok! Arranging an enrolment extension is easy, however be aware that it attracts a fee.
Units of Competency

ACM30612 Certificate III in Pet Grooming

For this qualification to be awarded, you must complete 16 units of competency.

We have selected the units which closely align with the role of a groomer with cross over to veterinary nursing. In some cases, we may change these units to suit your particular circumstances.

The core units you will cover within your UpSkill Program are:

  • ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS303A Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
  • ACMOHS301A Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
  • ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

The elective units we have specifically packaged are as follows, we may change these to suit you.

  • ACMCAS304A Capture, handle and transport companion animals
  • ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
  • BSBCUS401 Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies
  • ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice OR ACMGAS207A Provide reception services for an animal care facility
FAQs

We’ve designed this course to be completed in 12 months.

We find most students need to dedicate at least 8-10 hours per week to study, undertaking the required reading and completing the assessment tasks.

Of course, you can complete the course more quickly if you wish. Additional fees apply if you want to extend your study time past 12 months.

The course is delivered entirely by distance education using our online ‘Learning Centre’.

This allows you the flexibility to study when it suits your schedule. You won’t need to attend any on-campus classes. We’ve designed the course to fit around your work and lifestyle.

Once the course starts, you’ll receive printed learner’s guides, which will guide you through your studies and prepare you for assessments. You’ll also have access to the extra study resources available via our ‘Learning Centre’ online. You will submit assignments through this website too.

Each subject contains various assessment tasks:

  • Expect to complete written assessments like assignments, case studies, and reports.
  • Multiple choice questions are incorporated into learning activities so you can monitor your progress through the course.
  • Workplace-based assessments for practical skills will be completed during your Work Experience Placements. These involve completing skill log books, and some video assessments. Don’t stress, we provide all the necessary instructions for producing the videos.
  • On average, expect to submit one short assessment task each week to stay on track.

This specific ACM30612 Certificate III in Pet Grooming UpSkill Program is specifically designed for students who have graduated from Certificate III in Animal Studies or Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing courses.

You can however enrol as a standard student and complete the full ACM30612 Certificate III in Pet Grooming through our partner college, the Australian College of Animal Care.

Three two-week internships are an integral feature of this course. They build up your practical skills and are an essential part of your learning.

You must complete your placement at a veterinary clinic that has a grooming service, or in a grooming salon.

For those who need more flexibility, internships can be broken up into smaller, regular chunks as long as you complete a minimum of 20 full time days over the duration of the course (e.g. 1 day per week or 4 x 1 week blocks). During your placement, you are fully covered by the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges’ insurance.

You are required to find you own placements, however we’ll assist where we can. We provide you with all the tools you need to help find placement, as well as assistance with writing cover letters and resumes.

This program has been specifically designed for students who have already completed either a Certificate III in Animal Studies OR a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. As such, you will definitely have unit credits that we have already factored into the course structure and pricing.

If you have additional units we can credit, we’ll need to see a transcript first, then we can advise you about your best options and the price reduction you will receive.

If for some reason, the unit credits that we have listed above do not match your transcripts, your course price and subjects may have to be altered to meet what unit credits you have. We’ll advise you of this prior to you enrolling.

Yes! We welcome international students!

As an international student, payments plans are not available. You will be required to pay the full course fee prior to starting. We also do not offer the pay in full discount to international students however we do not charge you extra for resources to be sent to you, or for bank fees.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you can legally perform the practical tasks required in your country.

If you are completing placement, you will also need to arrange your own insurance and provide evidence of this to us.

OVERSEAS STUDENTS WELCOME!

You don’t need to be living in Australia to study with us. We welcome students from all over the world! You have the same student benefits as a local student, and we don’t charge you huge fees for being overseas. There are however, some considerations you need to factor in before enrolling with us. Please read the Overseas Student Information by clicking the button below.

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