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Overview

The ACM40612 Certificate IV in Pet Styling is for persons who are engaged or employed to provide pet stylist services. An experienced pet stylist will know the styling standards for different breeds, understand small animal anatomy and be able to identify pet hygiene issues that may indicate a health concern.

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered via the following delivery methods:

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

This course is delivered in partnership with Veterinary Nurse Solutions Pty Ltd through an online learning centre over approximately 12 months. The practical component is completed at a veterinary practice or animal care facility close to you. Topics covered in this course include animal grooming and styling (including styling to specified breed standards), hygiene and first aid, animal handling, and customer and workplace skills.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $5,395
Co-contribution fee rate n/a
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate n/a

CAREERS

​Job roles titles covered by this qualification may include: head stylist, grooming salon owner/manager, or mobile grooming salon owner/manager.

An experienced pet stylist will know the styling standards for different breeds, understand small animal anatomy and be able to identify pet hygiene issues that may indicate a health concern. In addition to patience and a genuine empathy for animals, a pet stylist must maintain high standards of cleanliness and professionalism. Excellent customer service skills are required and stylists who own or manage a salon will also require good business management and organisational skills. Dogs may be the animal to most commonly visit a stylist, but stylists should be prepared to care for cats and other pets.

 

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

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

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • have successfully completed Year 10, or equivalent
  • be employed as a groomer in a grooming salon, with a few years' experience under your belt

Preferred requirements

n/a

 

UNITS OF STUDY

Provide grooming services for companion animals

ACMCAS306A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing animal grooming services for companion animals to maintain/restore animal comfort within an established grooming environment. This Unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector where grooming services are provided under supervision. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services

ACMCAS307A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing hydro-bathing services for companion animals following industry recognised bathing procedures. his Unit is applicable to those working in companion animal facilities where hydro-bathing services are provided; whether in a fixed location or in a mobile operation. This Unit covers the assessment, planning and execution of the bathing procedures. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Manage compliance in the companion animal industry

ACMCAS401A

This unit of competency covers the process of managing compliance within the companion animal industry, including the provision of high-level advice to clients on companion animal management and housing needs, maintaining external relationships and keeping records. This unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector. It may include pet and aquarium shops, boarding kennels and catteries, companion animal training, grooming and/or breeding establishments and mobile animal facilities. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Provide basic first aid for animals

ACMGAS206A

This unit of competency covers the process of providing essential first aid for animals by recognising and responding to an emergency using basic first aid measures. The first aider is not expected to deal with complex casualties or incidents, but to provide an initial response where first aid is required. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

ACMGAS301A

This unit of competency covers the process of following animal health management practices to monitor animal health via daily observations of behaviour and condition. This unit is applicable to those working in animal care industry sectors where it may be necessary to care for a range of animal species and to monitor the wellbeing of healthy, ill or injured animals by observing and measuring indicators of ideal and poor development or response to treatments. These animals may be being kept long term in the workplace or being raised or prepared for sale, rehousing or release to their native habitat. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Perform dog grooms on different coat types

ACMGRM301A

This Unit covers the process of grooming the different coat types that occur in dogs. The Unit covers identification of different coat types, practical wash, dry and full grooms of double, combination and short-coated dogs, selection and application of equipment and techniques required to maintain/restore coat condition for optimal dog comfort and/or according to breed standards. This Unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector where dog grooming services are provided under supervision. In addition to legal and ethical responsibilities, all Units of Competency in ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled gently and calmly. The individual is required to exhibit appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Perform a cross breed clip

ACMGRM302A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of preparing and clipping the different coat types that occur in cross breed dogs. The Unit covers identification of different cross bred dog coat types, selection and application of equipment and techniques required to clip and maintain dogs according to dog use, comfort requirements and coat type. This Unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector where cross breed dog grooming services are provided. In addition to legal and ethical responsibilities, all Units of Competency in ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled gently and calmly. The individual is required to exhibit appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Capture, handle and transport companion animals

ACMCAS304A

This unit of competency covers the process of capturing, handling and transporting companion animals. This unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector where it may be necessary to transport companion animals. Transportation may be required to and from pet shops, boarding kennels and catteries or companion animal training, groomer and breeding establishments, mobile animal facilities, client residences or veterinary practices. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Apply point-of-sale handling procedures

SIRXCCS201

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to operate point-of-sale equipment, apply store policy and procedures to a range of transactions, interact with customers, and package or wrap an item for transportation.

It covers demonstration of the ability to operate a range of point-of-sale equipment in order to complete sales, returns and exchange transactions, and process a number of methods of payment, according to store policies.

This unit applies to frontline service personnel.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

 

Balance and secure point-of-sale terminal

SIRXFIN201

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to balance and reconcile a register or terminal in a retail environment. It involves clearing the register, counting money, calculating non-cash transactions, and reconciling and recording takings.

The unit requires the application of store policy and procedures in undertaking those tasks.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Address customer needs

BSBCUS402

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage an ongoing relationship with a customer over a period of time. This includes helping customers articulate their needs and managing networks to ensure customer needs are addressed.

It applies to individuals who are expected to have detailed product knowledge in order to recommend customised solutions. In this role, individuals would be expected to apply organisational procedures and be aware of, and apply as appropriate, broader factors involving ethics, industry practice and relevant government policies and regulations.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work

ACMINF301A

This Unit of Competency covers the process required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations. This Unit is applicable to all animal care workers who have a duty of care to ensure workplace procedures are followed in order to maintain infection control standards. All procedures must be carried out in accordance with current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards for maintaining infection control and the policies and procedures of the organisation. In addition to legal and ethical responsibilities, all Units of Competency in the ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package have the requirement for animals to be handled gently and calmly. The individual is required to exhibit appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Provide professional companion animal grooming services

ACMCAS407A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing professional pattern and style grooming services for companion animals. This Unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector where pattern and style grooming services are provided for companion animals at their home or at a companion animal facility. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Maintain workplace health and safety processes

ACMWHS401A

This Unit of Competency covers the process required by an employee with supervisory responsibilities, to maintain organisation workplace health and safety processes.

This Unit is intended to be applied at the level of team leader or supervisor.

NOTE: The terms Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the National Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented Registered Training Organisations are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS Legislative requirements as well as any specific workplace risks, hazards and associated safety practices.

In addition to legal and ethical responsibilities, all Units of Competency in the ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package have the requirement for animals to be handled gently and calmly. The individual is required to exhibit appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Carry out breed standard styling on Gun dog, Working dog and Hound dog breed groups

ACMGRM401A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of styling the different coat types that occur in Gun dog, Working dog and Hound breeds. The Unit covers identification of different breeds and coat types, selection and application of equipment and techniques required to style and maintain dogs according to breed standards within the Gun dog, Working dog and Hound breed groups. This Unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector where specialist Gun dog, Working dog and Hound breed groups specific grooming services are provided. In addition to legal and ethical responsibilities, all Units of Competency in ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled gently and calmly. The individual is required to exhibit appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Carry out breed standard styling on Non-sporting and Toy dog breed groups

ACMGRM402A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of styling the different coat types that occur in Non-sporting and Toy dogs. The Unit covers identification of different breeds and coat types, selection and application of equipment and techniques required to style and maintain dogs according to breed standards within the Non-sporting and Toy breed groups. This Unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector where specialist Non-sporting and Toy dog breed groups specific grooming services are provided. In addition to legal and ethical responsibilities, all Units of Competency in ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled gently and calmly. The individual is required to exhibit appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Carry out breed standard styling on Terrier and Utility dog breed groups

ACMGRM403A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of styling the different coat types that occur in Terrier and Utility dogs. The Unit covers identification of different breeds and coat types, selection and application of equipment and techniques required to style and maintain dogs according to breed standards within the Terrier and Utility breed groups. This Unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector where specialist Terrier and Utility dog breed groups specific grooming services are provided. In addition to legal and ethical responsibilities, all Units of Competency in ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package have the requirements for animals to be handled gently and calmly. The individual is required to exhibit appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Additional Information

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

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Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

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Course Details - At a glance

A course for persons who are engaged or employed to provide pet stylist services.

  • Online, On the job
  • Flexible self-paced
  • 12 months
  • Enrol anytime
  • 17 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $5,395
    • Co-contribution fee rate: n/a
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: n/a