Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming

This is the qualification we would recommend if you are seeking employment as a Dog Groomer.

Although you don't get as many days training with us as the City and Guilds Level 2 (17 compared to 25) on paper it is a better qualification as it is a Level 3 qualification which is desirable for Employers.

South Warwickshire Dog Grooming School provides all of the equipment you need for use on the course and supplies dog models for you.

On day 1 we start you off with a fairly simple groom such as a Spaniel in a field trim. You will learn how to clip (including the different size blades), how to trim pads, clip claws and how to use scissors correctly (as well as bathing and drying your dog).

As you progress throughout the course we gauge your ability to do extra dogs and book them in accordingly. Some students have been able to do 3 dogs in a day by themselves (this is not the case in every instance, but we will assess what you would feel comfortable with).

You will cover a wide variety of breeds and learn how to trim to breed standard and how to adapt the styles to owners request.

This is a very practical course. For assessment you will have provided a portfolio of before and after pictures of 3 different breeds and also answered a simple Question Bank.

The course culminates into an assessment day where you have to style a wool mix breed (e.g. Cockapoo, Cavachon) in 2 and a half hours.

You will also need to attend/ achieve a Heavenlyz Pet First Aid course.

This is an 18 day dog grooming course comprising of 17 days grooming and a 1 day Pet First Aid course.

Qualification Units

  • Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers
  • Promote and Maintain the Health and Wellbeing of Animals
  • Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
  • Carry Out Basic Cut and Tidy on Dog’s Coats
  • Canine First Aid
  • Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work

Once groomers have developed enough experience in the work place they can then opt to go on to do the final remaining units for the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma.

Price is £3,400 (inclusive of £566.67 VAT). This covers, training, assessment and the Pet First Aid course.