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Career Start

Career Start: Overview

The Career Start course is designed for people who wish to obtain dog care certification and start a pet grooming career or business. Pet Certified Australia and K9 Chic trainers conduct the training as a 4-week practical intensive course. The training will allow you to learn on real pets in our controlled, live K9 Chic pet salon environment, where you learn to groom and obtain the skills and information needed to start pet grooming. This programme will create distinguished graduates capable of providing exceptional grooming services. These responsibilities need patience and genuine empathy for animals, as well as great customer service skills and a high level of cleanliness and professionalism.

  • Study Method: In-class
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Location: K9 Chic Grooming Boutique - Cleveland
  • Job Outcomes: Grooming Assistant, Pet Shop Assistant


  • Introduction to the salon and the pet grooming industry
  • Dog behaviour and safe handling
  • Hydro-bathing and ear/eye cleaning
  • Drying room
  • Blast drying and fluff drying
  • Brushing and coat strip-outs
  • Nail clipping and ear plucking
  • Clipping paw pads and feet
  • Clipping hygiene areas
  • Body pre-clipping tools and equipment
  • Finishing combs
  • Scissoring legs and feet
  • Scissoring heads and faces
  • Full body clips and finishing

Further Information

Course Duration

The duration of the course is 4 weeks, from Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 am to 3 pm with half an hour lunch break.


Assessment tasks will include professional discussions with your trainer and demonstration of practical skills.

You must complete 110 hours of voluntary work to develop skills and expertise in pet grooming. Serving in K9 Chic’s pet grooming shop at 1/152 Shore Street West, Cleveland QLD 4163 can provide you with valuable experience. This type of voluntary activity is known as “work-based training.”

Entry Requirements:

Students must be available to visit the training facility at a single location for a period of practical study in an operational pet grooming salon setting.

Students must also have a minimum language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) level that suggests they have a strong chance of successfully completing the course. You can tell us whether you feel you have these skills, or we can assess your LLN proficiency for you. This enables us to assist you by giving the right levels of support to help you reach your objective.

Is it your dream to work with animals? Well, it can all start here!

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