Education, Education, Education: What Training do you Need to Stay Ahead?
Here are our expert’s tips for continuing professional development:
- Professional development planning depends on each individual, their ambitions and capabilities, and how long each pet professional has been grooming, along with what skills they already have. For example, it would not be cost effective for a novice groomer to spend money on an advanced seminar that might end up causing more confusion than clarity. All seminars and courses should come with objectives and outcomes for the day – this will allow you to make an informed decision as to how worthy the day will be for you personally.
- It is also important to consider the validity of a seminar with regard to your client base. It would be a waste of money to undertake a course on trimming Bedlington Terriers if you have no Bedlington clients, for example.
- Look to gain formal qualifications where possible as it standardises your work and gives you additional credibility. The City & Guilds level 2 and 3 qualifications are the most prestigious in this industry. Look for approved centres and research your tutor before you start.
- Online tutorials can be great for recapping what you are doing and reinforcing your knowledge, but they are best suited to groomers who already have hands-on everyday experience every day rather than a groomer trying to learn the role fully this way.
At Groomers we have a wide range of educational items to help you with your studies and training, or just to refresh you on a key style or clip. We are currently offering 15% off all Melissa Verplank books to help you with your continuing professional development, to shop the range click here.