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Proud to Partner with Heiniger Academy!

We are now proudly offering the Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Pet Grooming) ACM30122 in partnership with Heiniger Academy 

We are now also proudly stocking Heiniger equipment in store at our Geelong location.

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Why Pick Us?

What are grooming salons looking for in a new hire? At the international
grooming academy, we want to ensure that all our students are provided with individual options
that are catered to their needs and skill set or confidence levels. We also want to set those
students up with realistic, real world expectations of what they will be able to achieve once they
have completed their training.


We are owners and operators of multiple grooming salons and
know exactly what we look for when hiring as well as our friends around Australia. When hiring
a staff member to enter the salon as a 'trained and/or qualified dog groomer' with less than a
year experience, we would expect that person to be capable of bringing in enough money to
make them a profitable employee. We would expect that this person was capable of grooming
3-4 dogs in a day without a bather to assist. We would expect that they would require a senior to
work alongside them to answer questions and to 'judge' their grooms prior to going home to the
owners. And within a month of working full time they would be expected to complete 4-5 full
grooms per day without a bather and with very minimal supervision.


We ensure that any of our

students that wish to be hired into the grooming industry as a dog groomer are provided with the
training necessary to achieve this. If this is the path you are looking to take please ensure you
ask our training staff what course would be suited to you to be able to achieve this. We
also encourage you to ask other training schools you may be considering if their course will set
you up to achieve this upon completion of training. Most courses that are available by popular
demand do not create a groomer that is hirable upon completion. Most will set you up to be
capable of assisting senior grooming staff and completing maybe 1-2 well behaved grooms per
day. Know what you're signing up for so that you can know what to expect when seeking a job
after training.

We operate quite differently to the other grooming schools in the country. We are quite
adaptable to the individual student. Therefore we provide options that are catered to you.
We can do private or group, in your salon or in ours, full time or part time, full days or part
days. Therefore, it really depends on what you're after. Our most popular option is part
time in our salon one on one or in our 5 week block to receive a full Certificate III. If you have no experience and are just wanting to see if you
like the industry we suggest the 10 day training. If you're wanting to open your own
business or enter into the industry during the peak summer season then we recommend
the 25 day practical training paired with the Heiniger Academy Certificate III course. If you're opening your own business we also have business training
available as well.


The training is offered in three locations, however, our new main
location will be in Malop Street, Geelong CBD. The date of the training will depend on
exactly what you're after.

Start Your Training

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New Year SALE!!

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For all students who book their 5 week practical skills group course for our March 2024 intake prior to February 13th, 2024 you will receive 20% off the total course.

That's a saving of $900AUD off the practical training for the Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Pet Grooming).


Heiniger Training Centre

We are proud to announce that we have partnered up with Heiniger Academy and are ready to launch our brand new Geelong based grooming school. We are lucky enough to run our grooming courses from the absolutely beautiful spa salon at Groomer Haz It - Geelong located in Malop Street, Geelong CBD. Our grooming school features state of the art equipment including but not limited to the best in bathing equipment with three different bath types for students to practice in, electric and hydraulic grooming tables, the best of Heiniger's clippers, blades and equipment options and of course the best quality spa shampoos, conditioners and products. 

Our school is centered in the heart of the Geelong CBD within walking distance to public transport, the beautiful beach waterfront and Westfield Shopping Centre. We have a fully equipped student staff room with fridge, benchtop oven, induction cooktop, kettle and anything you need to cook up and prepare your own meal. Or if you fancy take away to spoil yourself we are closely located to just about any cuisine you could imagine.

Course Description

As a training centre for the Heiniger Academy Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Pet Grooming) we offer 5 weeks of practical training alongside the Heiniger Academy theory component. In order to successfully complete the Certificate III students have 12 months in which to complete their theory component, which is enrolled through Heiniger Academy with relevant fees. Students may wish to complete their grooming practical training in one block of 5 weeks or in stages across the 12 month period as well. We provide students with the flexibility of both options.

Job roles and titles covered by this qualification include:

  • Assistant grooming attendant

  • Stylist assistant

  • Trainee groomers

  • Pet shop/aquarium assistant

  • Kennel attendant

  • Cattery attendant

  • Assistant dog trainer

  • Pet exerciser


Core Units for this pet/dog grooming course:

  • ACMBEH301 Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals

  • ACMGEN303 Assess welfare status of an animal

  • ACMGEN304 Promote positive wellbeing for self and others in animal care workplaces

  • ACMGEN309 Provide basic animal first aid

  • ACMGEN315 Communicate effectively with clients and team members

  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work

  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes


Training Centre Chosen Electives for this pet/dog grooming course:

  • ACMGEN310 Provide reception services for an animal care facility

  • ACMGEN311 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

  • ACMGRM201 Bath, dry and brush domestic dogs

  • ACMGRM303 Provide sanitary and hygiene grooms for companion animals

  • ACMGRM304 Provide grooms on cross breed dogs

  • ACMGRM305* Groom dogs to meet breed style and coat requirements

  • ACMGRM403 Enhance companion animal coat and skin condition

  • ACMSPE316 Provide general care of domestic dogs

  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

  • BSBINS302 Organise workplace information

*this course has its own prerequisite requirements.


The cost of our practical training for a full 5 weeks in one booked block is $4,500AUD for our group courses (March, June & September) or $6,500AUD if private one on one, this is in addition to Heiniger Academy's theory component which is usually around $1995 but this should always be checked directly with Heiniger Academy. 

Payment plans are available.


We provide private one on one training all year round and specially cater to each individual students needs. We therefore do offer Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays and after hours for additional fees. 

Our next group courses will be in March 2024, June 2024 & September 2024. Group courses are strictly limited to 4 students to enable enough time for one on one components. 

Classroom Practical Courses

The below practical blocks can be used as RPL for our Certificate III course for those wanting to complete their training over a greater time period.

Here at IGAs' Grooming School we offer a wide range of education and training. Below you will find some more information in regards to our practical only courses. Courses are run over 5, 10 or 20 days and are all 90% hands on with the addition of theory and written assessment components. Courses are set in a group environment and are quite intense in their content. 

Courses are designed for those aspiring students who are not quite sure if grooming is the career path for them and they don't wish to commit to a lengthy course. Our courses are suited to those aspiring students with little to no background knowledge in dog grooming or for those who feel they lacked a foundation in training and wish to know more. 

Our courses can be used as a building block in a pathway towards your Certificate III in Dog Grooming. Students can also be trained up to complete their international certification exams through to Masters level. Contact us to find out more.

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