Professional Certificate in Dog and Pet Grooming

Are you passionate about animals and dream of a career where every day is a joyous interaction with pets? Do you see yourself transforming your love for animals into a successful business venture? If your heart lies in the wellbeing and care of animals, the Professional Certificate in Dog and Pet Grooming is your stepping stone to a rewarding career.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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Study 100% Online

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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with a discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 500 hours to complete the course, which has five key modules made up of 52 lessons.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

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

Module 1: Animal Grooming

  1. Scope and Nature of Grooming Animals
  2. Animal Biology
  3. Care of the Coat and Skin 
  4. Specialised Grooming Tasks
  5. Handling Animals
  6. Grooming Dogs
  7. Grooming Exotic Animals
  8. Safety Grooming
  9. Show Grooming 
  10. The Business of Grooming

This module 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

  1. Introduction to Dog Care
  2. Canine Biology
  3. Dog Health Part 1
  4. Dog Health Part 2 –Illnesses and Treatments
  5. Dog Breeds
  6. Breeding
  7. Dog Behaviour and Training
  8. Grooming
  9. Other Dog Services

A practical module  to take you through all general aspects of dog care. You will learn the science of dog care, as well as how to care for the practical daily needs of a dog. Designed to give you a solid introduction into the different ways to care for your dog, from nutrition and feeding, to exercise, health care, breeding and behaviour and training. You will learn how to provide effective care for those needs either as a dog owner or a professional working in the industry.

Module 3: Starting a Small Business

  1. Introduction to Small Businesses
  2. The World of Business
  3. Considering the Alternatives
  4. Understanding Marketing
  5. Planning
  6. Record Keeping and Bookkeeping
  7. Sales Methods
  8. Budgeting
  9. Developing a 12-month Business Plan
  10. Implementing a Business Plan
  11. Reviewing Progress in a New Business
  12. Improving Profitability

This module is designed to give you an introduction to starting your own small business. Learn how to identify risks so you can avoid problems before they overtake you, recognise your assets and liabilities and utilise your resources to best effect. From planning your new business and developing a 12-month business plan to budgeting, exploring sales methods and improving profitability, you will learn the fundamentals required to build a small business.

Module 4: Animal Health Care

  1. Introduction to Animal Health Care
  2. Common Health Problems in Farm animals and pets
  3. Animal Behaviour
  4. Signs of Ill Health
  5. Veterinary Facilities
  6. Safety Procedures
  7. Administration of Animal Health 
  8. Animal First Aid
  9. Preventative Health Care
  10. Routine Health Treatments
  11. Health Problems in Domestic Pets
  12. Rehabilitation Care

An introduction into animal healthcare, you will learn about animal first aid and how to care for the health of various types of animals. Become familiar with animal behaviours and how to recognise what is normal and what is not, to help identify signs of ill health. Learn about the facilities and procedures in a typical veterinary clinic environment, to give you a sound introduction on what to expect in these practices, from common routine health treatments to the administration of animal healthcare.

Module 5: Pet Food Business

  1. Scope and Nature of Animal Food
  2. Processing and Manufacturing
  3. Preserving and Storage Pet Food
  4. Canine Nutrition and Feeding
  5. Feline Nutrition and Feeding
  6. Feeding Birds, Fish, Rodents, Rabbits, and Reptiles
  7. Toxins in pet Foods
  8. Regulatory Controls for the Pet Food Manufacturing and Production Industry 
  9. Feed Selection, Diet Formulation and End-Product Sales

Explore the essential aspects of the pet food business in this module, focusing on the scope and nature of animal food. Learn about the processes involved in manufacturing and preserving pet food, ensuring its quality and safety. Dive into the specifics of nutrition for various animals, including canines, felines, birds, fish, rodents, rabbits and reptiles. Gain insights into identifying toxins in animal foods and the importance of regulatory controls in the pet food industry. This module also covers feed selection and diet formulation, equipping you with the skills needed for effective end-product sales in the pet food sector.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you five days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Student Support

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving on to the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors 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, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

Have a question?

Our Course Consultants can answer any questions you may have. They will help you to find the best course for you and your goals and how to enrol.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of onlince courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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