What they do
Pet groomers keep domestic animals in good shape by bathing or washing and drying them, trimming and brushing their fur, clipping their nails, and cleaning their teeth and ears. They may work with pure-bred animals preparing them for shows.
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.
Tools and technologies
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.
How do I become one?
Education and training
It is possible to 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. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.
You can also undertake a traineeship in pet grooming, animal studies (level 2) or companion animal services (level 3 or level 4). The traineeships usually take 12 to 24 months to complete and the animal studies traineeship is available as a school-based traineeship
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.