Routes into Learning: Training Options for Aspiring Groomers

Dog grooming is a highly rewarding career in a growing industry. Increasing numbers of pet owners are employing grooming services year on year, and with numerous opportunities for self-employed, full and part-time work, training as a professional groomer is an appealing prospect for many.

There are three main routes into learning for aspiring dog groomers:

  1. Enrolling on a fee paying course at an accredited training centre
  2. Studying through a Further Education college
  3. On the job learning with a qualified, experienced groomer

There are no right or wrong ways to train, what is most important is that you find the right approach for your learning needs. The most popular training method however is national accredited courses – City & Guilds is the standard.

City & Guilds Course Details

City & Guilds has three tiers of qualifications – the Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants, the Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming and finally the Level 3 Diploma in Professional Dog Grooming. Beyond this is the Higher Diploma in Dog Grooming – an advanced test to demonstrate further levels of expertise and skill.

City & Guilds training covers a wide range of topics, from scissoring and clipping to canine health checks and salon management. These courses arguably offer the most comprehensive course structure and training, with both written and practical assessments at every stage.

Other Considerations

  • Consider a mentor – find an experienced groomer who can advise you on education paths and offer one-to-one training before exams
  • Be aware that training can be a lengthy process – it may take two years or more to fully train and qualify as a dog groomer
  • Online courses, DVDs and seminars may seem enticing, but they are typically only suitable to supplement learning – it is unlikely they will provide you with enough information to train fully

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