Training Academy

Dog grooming for a living can be described in many ways. Your dogs come in all shapes, sizes, temperaments and conditions. Some of them are absolute role models who will stand patiently whilst you work your magic. Others appear to have one aim only – to hinder your progress! It is sometimes hard physical work which can drain you of energy. At the same time though it is satisfying, rewarding and often exciting.

The ambition for most students is to be self employed. Working for yourself is a liberating experience; you can set your own pace, you run your own diary so you can fit in family life, commitments or hobbies. You decide when you work, when you take holidays, you can really put yourself in control of your own diary and work commitments, you just need to plan ahead.

Or you may decide that you would prefer to be employed in a salon or ‘rent a table’. There are many different paths your new career can take you. We will discuss the benefits and sometimes challenges of either during your course, however, there is a solution to everything.

What you won’t have straight after a course – any course – is speed! This comes with practice and experience, and the only way to get that experience is to get started. Your speed and confidence will increase daily.

Of many of the courses on offer, the majority are classroom or group based and this is why I chose myself many years back to have one to one training in a real life busy salon.
Feedback and research I have done has the common theme that Tutors didn’t have enough hours in the day to give each one individual time and attention. Dogs may have had to be shared amongst the group, they never got to meet the customers face to face, they didn’t get enough experience with different styles of dogs (especially head shapes)
Clipper, scissor and equipment maintenance sometimes lacked advice.
Dealing with difficult dogs, reading dogs behaviour patterns.
How to deal with becoming self employed, setting up from home, book keeping etc.
We will have plenty of time during the course to discuss and learn all of the above in a calm environment.
You will also meet customers face to face, learn how to interact, carry out health assessments in front of them, discuss groom style and maintenance inbetween etc.

Yes you can!

Of course you will be, it’s my job to make you a confident and able groomer.

OCN Level 3 is 25 days, 20 days in salon, 5 days homework. Full time or flexible.

Maintain your standards, don’t undervalue yourself, don’t undercharge, enjoy the job!

You can choose when you work, running your own diary is liberating!

Have a vision and take action. We will talk through this on your course!

Your speed – it’s like anything the more you do the more confident you become?!

To have a clean, fresh, happy, tail wagging dog!

To see yourself progress and to see a transformed dog and a happy owner is extremely rewarding!

Listen, watch, learn, practice, ask lots of questions – there’s no such thing as a silly question!

Dog Grooming Courses

Professional Dog Grooming Level 3 Diploma (OCN)- 25 days

The Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming Qualification Awarded by Open College Network West Midlands is a recognised Level 3 (A level) Qualification approved by Ofqual.

Foundation in Dog Grooming (10 days)

This course is a leap up from the introduction course offering further practical and hands on skill practice. Packed into 10 days you will touch on every aspect of dog grooming.

Fast Track Qualification (OCN) – Experienced Groomers Only

Fast-track options for experienced groomers seeking qualification. Many experienced groomers would like to be able to say they are also qualified and have their skill validated.

Introduction to Dog Grooming (5 days)

This course is the first step in learning all about dog grooming. It is perfect for students who have little knowledge of dogs but who are interested in a career in dog grooming.

One Day Pet Grooming Course

Learn the basics in how to groom your own pet on a full day course. This one-day course has been specifically created for those wanting to groom their own dog at home.

Dog Grooming Taster Day

This taster day gives you an insight to see how a busy salon works and to help you decide if you want career in dog grooming. Our friendly team will make you welcome and be available to answer any of your questions.

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Dog Grooming Taster Day

This taster day gives you an insight to see how a busy salon works and to help you decide if you want career in dog grooming. Our friendly team will make you welcome and be available to answer any of your questions during the day. The taster day is aimed at assisting you in deciding as to whether dog grooming is the right career for you before proceeding with longer courses such as the Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma.

Course Price: One day £160 (non-refundable deposit £50, NB as an added bonus we will deduct the cost of the Taster Day off the price of the 25-day course if you enrol within one month of the taster day).

One Day Pet Grooming Course

Learn the basics in how to groom your own pet on a full day course. This one-day course has been specifically created for those wanting to groom their own dog at home. You can bring your dog to us for the day and learn how to create one specific style you like and gain the skills you need to work on your own dog’s coat type.

COURSE CONTENTS:

  • Bathing
  • Nail cutting
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Brushing Out
  • Drying
  • Clipping/Scissoring
  • Health Check

Certificate on completion

Course price £200 (non-refundable deposit £50)

Introduction to Dog Grooming (5 days)

This course is the first step in learning all about dog grooming. It is perfect for students who have little knowledge of dogs but who are interested in a career in dog grooming.

On completion of this course, you will know whether you wish to pursue a career in dog grooming or if your new skills are just for your dogs to enjoy.

COURSE CONTENTS:

  • Basic Handling
  • Bathing
  • Nail cutting
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Brushing Out
  • Drying
  • Basic Clipping/Scissoring techniques
  • Health Check

Certificate on completion

Course price: £795 (non-refundable deposit £250).

Fast Track Qualification (OCN) – Experienced Groomers Only

Fast-track options for experienced groomers seeking qualification.

We know many experienced groomers would like to be able to say they are also qualified and have their skill validated. However, exams can be daunting, and the cost can escalate if you need practice to prepare for them. That is why we offer a fast-track solution to qualification, assessed through coursework and ongoing demonstration providing a great opportunity for experienced groomers to achieve level 3 qualification status without the need for first completing a level 2 qualification. This route is also ideal for students who hold the City and Guilds Intro Certificate but who have not yet reached the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma. Both diplomas have the same value on the national framework but are simply awarded by different organisations.

There are two fast track options:

Option 1) Complete the qualification at your premises with your own dogs.

£1500 per registration

Option 2) Complete the qualification at Pawsome Paws Training Centre with our dog models.

£1250 per registration

*additional expenses for travel / accommodation may be charged based on location of but will be negotiated before you commit.

Foundation in Dog Grooming (10 days)

This course is a leap up from the introduction course offering further practical and hands on skill practice. Packed into 10 days you will touch on every aspect of dog grooming and is the perfect course length to fit around your current employment or lifestyle. In this course you will gain knowledge of the most popular dog breeds seen in a grooming salon. This course is an ideal start for students who want to become self-employed as a dog groomer or those who wish to gain immediate employment in a grooming salon. This course level will appeal to potential employers in any job application and enable you to display an array of skills. This course may also appeal to students who have experience in grooming but wish to refresh their skills on suitable dog models in a grooming salon environment.

COURSE CONTENTS:

  • Handling
  • Bathing
  • Nail cutting
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Brushing Out
  • Drying
  • Clipping/Scissoring
  • Breed Specific styling
  • Health Check
  • Health & Safety
  • Animal Welfare

Certificate on completion

Course price: £1,800 (non-refundable deposit £200) (Optional Open College Network West Midlands Accreditation optional for additional £200 charge)

Professional Dog Grooming Level 3 Diploma (OCN)- 25 days

The Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming Qualification Awarded by Open College Network West Midlands is a recognised Level 3 (A level) Qualification approved by Ofqual.

You do not need any prior experience to start this course or to have completed a Level 2 first. Unlike other qualifications of the same stature, there are no pre-requisites to starting the course, meaning you can join at level 3 without having completed a lower-level course first. There is also no final examination at the end which most students find daunting on other courses available.

Over the period of 25 days, you will groom a minimum of 10 different breeds in a minimum of 15 different styles. This exceeds other courses available and we believe gives our students a solid foundation on which to continue developing their skills and career.

The qualification will demonstrate to an employer and/or the general public should you wish to become self employed , that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge to successfully groom a variety of dogs. This is a formal, regulated, nationally recognised qualification that will remain relevant throughout your career.

It has been designed specifically for those looking to become professional dog groomers or those who already groom dogs (as a hobby or career) but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification. For experienced groomers, we can offer a fast-track plan to gaining the qualification by skill demonstration.

COURSE CONTENTS:

As with all of our grooming courses at Pawsome Paws Training Academy you will be trained in practical skills such as bathing, scissoring, clipping, nail trimming and ear plucking.

Course Units included within this qualification are:

  • Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work
  • Canine First Aid
  • Carry Out Styling and Finishing of a Dog
  • Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
  • Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals
  • Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers
  • Handstripping a dog

Certificate on completion

Course Price: £3,800 (non-refundable deposit £500, balance due 14 days before course start date). Price inclusive of qualification, assessment, and certificate from OCNWM.

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