Pet groomers usually either work from a pet grooming business, or they travel to their clients homes in order to undertake their work. Alternately, some pet groomers may work in conjunction with kennels, catteries, veterinary practices, or animal care centres. Their work is generally dirty and can be smelly. They often work weekends, and may also work outdoors.
On average, pet groomers, classified under animal attendants and trainers, can expect to earn up to $799 per week ($41 599 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.
Pet groomers use scissors for cutting hair and nails, as well as soaps and shampoos for washing animals. They may also use mobile dog washing facilities, and insecticide to control insect pests.
You can work as a pet groomer without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in pet grooming, companion animal services, animal studies or a related area.
The Certificate II in Animal Studies, Certificate III in Pet Grooming, and Certificate III and IV in Companion Animal Services are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
You can also complete a traineeship. The assistant dog groomer, grooming attendant, and companion animal groomer/manager traineeships usually take 12 to 24 months to complete. The assistant dog groomer and grooming attendant traineeships are available as school-based traineeships.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.