Certificate in Dog and Pet Grooming

Are you passionate about caring for dogs? Have you always dreamed of starting your own pet grooming business, but not sure how? Do you love the idea of working with dogs (and other pets) and want to learn more about how best to care for them? Then this course is for you.

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Approximately 300 hours
to complete the course, which has 3 key modules made up of 32 subjects.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.


Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.


Online, flexible learning at your own pace.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

Careerhouse is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises institutions who aspire to excellence in tertiary education.

Designed to provide a solid foundation in dog care and pet grooming, this practical and comprehensive course will help you develop a better understanding of all aspects of the pet grooming industry. In addition to learning how to care and work with dogs, you will also learn how to turn your passion for pet grooming into a successful small business, covering everything from creating a business plan to managing budgets and improving profitability.

Course Outline

3 Key Modules, made up of 32 subjects.

Module 1: Animal Grooming (100 hours)
This course is designed to teach you how to groom farm animals or pets for better animal health and wellbeing, or for competitive pet grooming and exhibition-level animals. You will learn the basics from how to handle animals, how best to care for an animal’s skin and coat, to grooming dogs and exotic animals and preparing for a showing.

Module 2: Dog Care (100 hours)
Learn about dog breeds, biology, behaviour and training, health care and more from experienced, highly qualified veterinary and canine experts. This course is designed to teach you how to keep dogs healthy and understand them better, so you can improve the way you manage them and work with them.

You will learn how to recognise breeds and their characteristics and apply relevant practical training tips to work with those breeds effectively, as well as practical strategies for breeding to help you develop an opinion about breeding overall.

Module 3: Starting a Small Business (100 hours)
Learn how to start your own small business and know what you need to do to make sure that your business profitable and successful. The course is designed to provide you with the fundamentals so you can then develop your business ideas with guidance from a business expert to refine and improve how you move forward.

This course is unique in that it not only teaches you about small business; but it gives you an opportunity to formulate your own business plan and improve it through the well-structured lesson plan, while you interact with and get feedback from an experienced and well-qualified teacher.

For the full subject list and course guide, fill out our Enquiry Form and our course advisors will be in touch.


Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course.

You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Who will this course interest?

This course is a beginner level course and may be of interest to people working, or aspiring to:

› Start their own dog grooming business
› Work as an animal groomer, caretaker or assistant
› Prepare animals for shows

If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this

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