Mid this year, I enrolled in a Basic Pet Groomer course and paid ZERO dollars for it. I had been considering a few dogs-related short courses to take during my break from work, and as a self-proclaimed
typical, kiasu money-savvy Singaporean, I just had to utilize my skillsfuture credit!
SkillsFuture Credit aims to encourage individuals to take ownership of their skills development and lifelong learning. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive an opening credit of S$500 from January 2016. Your credit will not expire and the government will provide periodic top-ups, so you may accumulate your credit.
With the $500 credit, I was really glad that the course I chosen left me with $150 credit. I can save it for another course or wait for the next top-up to choose a course that costs more! I spent some time finding out more about the course, while waiting for the training provider to release their monthly training schedule in advance so the gf and I can arrange to apply for the course together.
We attended the one-day course at Animal Arts Academy in Serangoon.
The grooming table aka our study desk for the day. I really like how bright and clean the place is. The tools for grooming had been laid out on the table for us, as well as a course booklet.
- Assist in first aid of canines
- Assess grooming needs
- Prepare animal and grooming environment
- Perform pre-bathing, bathing and drying techniques
- Perform animal clipping techniques
- Perform additional grooming services
- Describe the grooming needs and health of the animal
- Preparation of animal and grooming equipment and products
- Demonstrate de-matting, bathing and drying techniques
- Basic clipping and de-matting
- Basic ear care and nail trimming and nail grinding technique
- House animal safely and grooming services are documented
Students can choose to bring their own dogs, or use the dogs the school provides. Just inform them before the day of the course. We chose not to bring Petra and Mila because Mila will definitely bark the whole place down, while Petra will be whining his head off when he sees other dogs. Consideration for other students’ learning had to be put first.
We were thinking that this 2 little babies might come from some breeders or shelters because they smelled like they hadn’t gotten a bath since they were born. Look at them saying hi to each other!
In case you are wondering is the clear shades provided, the answer is no. I brought it along as my protective goggles as I just did my lasik not long then so I try to keep dirt and fur out.
Little fella were so sad-looking that I kept playing with him to cheer him up.
Still a baby, so he needed plenty of sleep.
S had to wear a mask due to her bad sinus. But nothing kept us away because we really wanted to do this. 🙂
The two little ones’ ears were in such a dirty state that it took us more than 20 times to clean on each side! We were also taught how to remove ticks and just happened that this pup had one in his ear.
So cute! That round face, body and smile. I mean the puppy!
And my shy little one.
Gf and I were feeling sad that the course ended and we had to leave the 2 pups. I wish that they have already found good homes! Or if they already had owners, I pray that they will be treated well.
Save some money if you don’t mind a student doing it! Other menu and price here.
It had been a fruitful day at Animal Arts Academy. To become a professional groomer, an individual needs to put in 60 (or 80?) hours! Our ring fingers were already achy by the end of the day and we didn’t even need to trim the whole dog (just the paws and bum area)!
Of course, we returned home equipped with better grooming skills but Petra and Mila couldn’t be fooled. They made sure they yelped loudly and in the most dramatic way to keep us off from clipping their nails. Mommy S thinks she needs to buy a grooming table so there is no way they can run hiak hiak.
Update: I checked with Skillsfuture on when the next top-up of credit will be since there hadn’t been any since the initial top-up. They have no news of it yet. ;-/