If you are thinking about starting – or have already started – an animal-related business, you may be wondering if you need any industry certifications.
The answer is, ultimately, that it depends on the type of business and the products or services you provide. For example, if you are starting a dog walking business, you should consider becoming certified in dog behaviour so that potential clients know you have the knowledge and experience to walk their dogs safely. However, if you want to start a pet sitting business, you probably won’t need any industry certifications, though a certification would still give you an advantage over the competition.
Here are some things to consider about whether or not you need industry certifications.
Types of certifications
There are numerous industry certifications available for individuals seeking a career with animals. Some of these include certification in Animal care, veterinary studies and dog grooming. It is important to research which certification(s) would be most beneficial for your pet sitting business.
A Certificate II in Animal Care, for example, will likely be more beneficial for those looking to offer animal carer, pet sitting and dog walking services, as it covers topics such as animal handling and first aid – it is also a pathway to becoming a vet nurse and veterinarian. A Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Pet Grooming), on the other hand, will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work as a professional dog groomer.
The benefits of certification
Many benefits come with having industry certifications, such as improved employability, being able to command higher rates and gaining the trust of clients. Certification also demonstrates your commitment to your chosen profession, which can help you stand out from the competition.
For pet groomers, certification can open up opportunities to work in a variety of settings, from dog grooming salons and animal shelters to veterinary clinics and mobile grooming businesses. In addition, certified groomers may also be able to pursue teaching or research positions within the pet grooming industry.
Similarly, individuals that study Certificate II in Animal Care and/or Certificate III in Animal Care will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a variety of entry-level roles within the animal care industry. These qualifications can lead to careers with animals such as animal caretaker, kennel worker or veterinary assistant, as well as potential further study to become a qualified veterinary nurse or veterinarian.
So, if you love animals and are looking for a career that will let you work with them every day, pet grooming or animal care could be the perfect path for you! Pet Certified
Pet Certified Australia is passionate about pets and the people who care for them. Our mission is to educate, train and develop the modern workforce in the pet industry. Training and education is a journey and a requirement for jobs with animals, contact our team today for more information on our courses and how we can best assist you on your journey towards your passion.