Provide professional companion animal grooming services

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ACMCAS407A, 'Provide professional companion animal grooming services'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Assess grooming needs

1.1 Grooming needs of animals are established with client.

1.2 Animal's coat length and condition, including condition of the ears, eyes and toenails, are assessed in relation to its age and breed.

1.3 Animal is checked for parasitic infection.

1.4 General health and temperament of animal is checked with the client and documented.

1.5 Observations of the animal's condition are reported to client.

1.6 Client is informed of grooming procedures and advised regarding required maintenance regimes for the animal's coat and/or condition.

2. Prepare animal and grooming environment

2.1 Risks associated with grooming nominated animals are determined and managed in accordance with workplace health and safety and animal welfare requirements.

2.2 Appropriate grooming pattern and style are identified in accordance with breed standards, client preference, health of the animal and condition of its coat.

2.3 Grooming equipment and supplies relevant for the condition of the coat, its pattern and style are selected and prepared.

2.4 Animal is restrained and handled safely and humanely in accordance with its age, health and breed characteristics.

3. Perform grooming services

3.1 Pre-bathing procedures, including brushing and de-matting, are carried out as required.

3.2 Animal is bathed, rinsed and dried using appropriate bathing procedures in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

3.3 Animal is bathed, rinsed and dried using appropriate bathing procedures in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

3.4 Grooming equipment is operated safely and correctly in accordance with organisational grooming procedures and manufacturers' instructions.

3.5 Animal's coat is styled as required using industry-recognised grooming techniques and in accordance with pattern, style and client requirements.

3.6 Additional grooming services are completed as required.

4. Complete grooming services

4.1 Animal is housed safely and monitored until owners arrival.

4.2 Grooming equipment and area is cleaned and returned to storage, supplies audited and documents.

4.3 Waste material is collected and disposed of in accordance with environmental and legislative requirements.

4.4 Grooming services are documented and business records updated for compliance and invoicing requirements.

4.5 Animals are returned to client, advice on home-grooming care is provided and any follow-up requirements are discussed.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMCAS407A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM40310 - Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services