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Professional Dog Grooming Diploma.
100% online, self paced learning.
Approx. 6 months (part time)
Are you a dog lover who dreams of a career as a professional dog groomer? This top-rated dog grooming course has been specifically designed by our team of expert dog groomers to take you from complete beginner to professional dog groomer, all from the comfort of your own home.
In just a few short months, you could be joining this thriving industry and launching your own successful dog grooming business.
As one of the most comprehensive online dog grooming courses, you'll learn how to safely and expertly groom dogs of all breed and coat types. Completing digestible interactive lessons, video tutorials and assessments, you'll learn everything from bathing, clipping and scissoring to breed specific styling.
This dog grooming course includes two bonus modules dedicated to setting up and marketing your business, including downloadable resources and templates. It's fair to say that we leave no stone unturned in this online dog grooming course.
If you're looking for some inspiration, check out our Student Stories, including how Jodi converted her garage into a Balinese style grooming space!
Making dogs beautiful and happy is the most rewarding feeling!
"The courses are delivered by industry experts and were extremely comprehensive. The facebook support groups are a great resource too.."
This course includes 12 interactive modules, carefully designed to teach you how to become a confident, professional dog groomer.
Hannah Grice is the owner and head groomer of her own boutique grooming business, "The Dog House", which she initially started from her garage until outgrowing the space and moving to a commercial property.
Hannah has an extensive list of credentials as a renowned groomer having won awards in both grooming and obedience competitions with her beloved Poodles, Ivy and Raven.
Hannah will guide you through your course step-by-step via online self-paced lessons and activities. In her video tutorials, which she presents from her own salon, you'll be shown the correct technique and styling tips across a variety of breed groups. Our popular 'At Home With Lisa' video series will also give you a behind the scenes look at how a professional dog groomer runs their salon. In this series Lisa talks you through the tools and equipment that she uses, giving you suggestions on where to purchase as well as tips for starting out in your new business.
Quickly find out answers to our most common questions.
Dog grooming is an unregulated industry with no government mandated certificate that 'qualifies' you.
Whilst you may not need a formal certificate to work as a groomer, we believe that it's vital that anyone selling their services as a groomer be professionally trained. Our dog grooming courses have been developed by a professional grooming educator who ran her own salon for many years. All courses are mentored by a practicing dog groomer, enabling us to deliver both current and professional guidance throughout your learning journey.
We include resources that will help you build your business after graduating;
Upon successful completion of your assessments you'll receive three separate Certificates for each course. (Diploma + 2 Certificates)
There is no obligation to purchase any equipment in order to complete the course.
The course includes practical tasks to be completed on your own or friends dogs. They are optional and can be completed at your own pace, so there is no commitment to purchase anything if you choose not to. To complete them you will only require a basic grooming kit.
We don’t recommend buying anything before enrolling as the first module covers equipment and tools in detail. You'll start thinking about what you might want to invest in dependant on the type of business you are planning (if that’s what you’re planning). You’ll watch videos from Lisa who runs a home grooming salon, she’ll show you all of her tools and equipment and talk you through what she finds helpful and also where she purchased it all. You’ll also be able to download an equipment checklist at the end of the module.
Pet Courses students receive a discount with online retailer Clipper World as well.
We appreciate that learning online can be daunting for some. Our student focused approach means that you're never far away from feeling supported, whether that be from your mentor, our friendly support staff or your fellow students.
After enrolling you'll be invited to join our students only private Facebook group. You'll find this group will play an active role in your studies. Not only will you have like-minded people to learn alongside, but you'll feel motivated and inspired as you share your learning journey with us.
No scary exams!
As you work through the modules you'll complete multiple choice questions that will help you recap each lesson. These can be re-taken as many times as you need. There are no scary exams to complete, instead you'll answer short answers questions with feedback provided by your course mentor.
Yes, it's just $25 a week.
You can pay your course off in affordable weekly payments of just $25. If you prefer to pay fortnightly or monthly, just let us know and we can organise a custom plan for you.
Our payment plans are interest free and there are no credit checks!
When you study with Pet Courses, you're never alone. You'll be joining an exclusive learning community that connects you with other students to share your learning journey. Ask questions, seek advice or simply be motivated by others stories as you study your animal care course with us.
Julie's business started out by just word of mouth, with people stopping to ask who groomed her dogs. Before long she had dozens of regular clients and now happily works 2 days a week in her own salon.
Nicole wanted a business that would fit around her new family that she could do from home. She had always loved dogs and dreamed of a career where she could work with them every day.
While studying, Sandi decided to post in her local dog park Facebook group to offer half price grooms so that she could get some models to practice on. She ended up being inundated with clients and after only a few weeks was able to charge full price.
Amanda used to go and watch her friend groom dogs which inspired her to study dog grooming. She helped out at her friends salon, shaving dogs pads and trimming nails and managed to secure a job at a local grooming and day care facility. Amanda has since set up her own part time business as well.
After 35 years in insurance, Lisa decided to follow her dreams and start her own dog grooming business. After graduating, she converted a spare bedroom into a salon and embarked on an exciting new chapter in her life. She hasn't looked back since!
After graduating, Alyson nervously opened her salon. She was worried she wouldn't have enough clients so kept her two part time jobs going. After just 2 weeks she quit her part time jobs because she was running out of appointments for her clients!
Having always loved dogs, Brooklyn dreamed of a career as a dog groomer. Whilst studying for year 12, she completed her Dog Grooming Diploma and set up a small salon from her parents home. She has since gone on to specialise in Asian fusion and teddy bear styles having achieved so much at such a young age.
Having a background in dog behaviour and training, embarking on a career in dog grooming was a perfect match for Brigitte. After pestering everyone she knew with a dog to gain experience, Brigitte opened a small home salon. Following it's success, she is now in the process of expanding into an upmarket boarding facility as well.
As a vet nurse, dog grooming complimented Sharons career really well and offerred her a back up career to earn extra money. Sharon now operates a grooming business 1-2 days a week out of a local pet shop, giving her great variety in her working week.
Dog grooming was a career that Kelly always wanted to pursue. While studying she practiced on friends and families dogs, setting up her mobile dog wash and grooming business before she even graduated. Initially starting out part time, she got so busy that she now operates full time.
Having always loved dogs, grooming was the perfect career for Jodi. She started out by creating a balinese style hut in her garage. After doing letter drops and grooming friends and families dogs, her business has now expanded to work out of a beautiful renovated home salon.
After suffering some medical issues, Kurtis needed a new career that offered him more flexibility. He had the opportunity to purchase an established mobile business, so while studying he shadowed the previous owner, and was then ready to hit the ground running in his new mobile trailer.
Having fostered and adopted many animals, Jayne felt in her happy place surrounded by dogs. She took the plunge by enrolling to study dog grooming, finally following her passion. Now working alongside a friend and specialising in dogs with special needs, her only regret is that at 61 she wishes she had done it sooner!
As a mobile dog washer, Mel was receiving so many customers asking her to groom that she decided to upskill, completing her Dog Grooming Diploma. Now 6 months on she is loving her job and looking forward to establishing a home based salon in the near future.
Leanne was frustrated when her beloved elderly Poodle was refused grooming. So she took it upon herself to learn. She now enjoys helping others out as her new found hobby.
Loved the course Just some of the assessment questions were a little hard to understand what they were trying to ask and how to complete them so they took a little longer.
Excellent course, very good details
A great course providing helpful theory and practical tasks to prepare a prospective groomer for the industry.
I was very happy with this course. If I had questions, I got quick answers. It is great that I can download the informations. The videos were very helpful and felt like a practical units. Easier translation options would be great. I fluently speak German.
excellent course, valuable information and set up in a way that anyone can learn from
I absolutely loved this diploma course. I think the industry should be regulated as there is so much more to know than just how to groom a dog. I will send an email as there is more I would like to say about this course. Its fantastic.
Good introductory course, provides a high level overview of a good range of topics. I liked the multiple choice questions at the end of each module.
I found this course covered so much more information than I expected which is great! I felt like I have learnt a lot and it will so helpful in the future. The final assessment was a great way of going over all the information one more.
Easy to navigate, step by step learning led by industry experts. Enjoy one-on-one tutor support with the flexibility of no time limits.
On average, successful students take 6 months to complete this course
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In a national study of pet ownership, Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) found that dogs continue to be Australia's most popular pet, with just over 5 million dogs accross the nation. Self-reported expenditure on pet-related products and services in Australia is now estimated at more than $13 billion a year, up from $12 billion in 2016 with over $700 million spent on pet grooming services.
The average dog-owning household spends an estimated $2,158 a year on their dogs, including $586 on food and $470 on veterinary services. The average yearly spend on pet grooming is up to $154, totalling an estimated $710 million in 2019.
As a dog groomer, your tasks will involve bathing, cutting, combing, blow drying and styling pets coats. Dogs will also require their nails to be clipped and ears to be cleaned. You will need to understand customer needs, providing good quality service and be able to measure your customer satisfaction. Active listening, critical thinking and problem solving are all key skills required as a dog groomer.
The Australian department of employment predicts a strong growth in the pet grooming industry over the next 5 years. The ABS Labour Force Survey identifies that there are 4,100 workers in the pet grooming industry in Australia with 35% working full time hours of 35 hours per week or more. According to the Australian Government Job Outlook, the average age of pet groomers in Australia is 40 years with 85% of workers being female.
Source: Australian Government job Outlook; Animal Medicines Australia Pet Survey Report 2019 (AMA)