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Why Train with Us?

Starting as a trainee, Gemma now has a wealth of experience and holds qualifications in Business, Animal Management, Education & Training and the Level 3 C&G Diploma in Dog Grooming. Gemma is currently completing the High Diploma in Dog Grooming which will allow her to belong to the Guild of Master Groomers. Jacky holds the full C&G Diploma in Dog Grooming, KC Points of the Dog and breed specific qualifications for WHWT and Scottish Terriers. As a handstripping specialist, Jacky has trained many groomers and owners showing their dogs around the world.

We give full support throughout your course and beyond. We are part of the Darwin Dog Grooming Network which ensures a high standard of training. In order to stay current within the industry we host and attend seminars, workshops and enter grooming competitions.  

Our calm and friendly environment and the welfare and care of the dogs is paramount so come and train with us today!


The Open College Network L3 Diploma in Dog Grooming was launched in January 2017 by The Open College Network West Midlands. This new qualification was introduced to be an alternative route from the City & Guilds. The OCN qualification is the same level as the full Level 3 Diploma by City & Guilds. Both the City & Guilds Diploma and the new OCN Diploma are both regulated by Ofqual and are both the only two qualifications on the National Educational Framework.

What we like about the OCN Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming:

Firstly, there is no need to complete a lower level qualification first, for example the C&G L2 or the C&G L3 Introductory qualification. With the OCN you can go straight on to the OCN Level 3 Diploma.

Secondly, there are no formal exams or assignments. Rather than sitting exams, which can be extremely daunting, the OCN route will provide you with worksheets for each module. These questions will be answered in your own time and at your own pace. With full support from me, your assessor.

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

The practical units of this qualification comprise of completing 10 breeds of dog in 15 different styles. This sounds daunting at first, however we believe that this way proves your skills on a greater variety of breeds and techniques. Any breed or cross breed can be used, as long as you show a good variety of techniques and skills.

As a fast track option:

The fast track option is for anyone who is currently grooming but has no formal qualifications, has a level 2 qualification, or those wishing to take an alternative route.

Once you have enrolled on the qualification, we can arrange a mutually convenient date in which I can either travel to your salon or you can come to me in Somerset. I will bring your course folder and talk you through the qualification and the worksheets for each module. On this day I will then assess you on three of your 15 styles. These can be any three dog breeds that you chose. Please make sure these dogs are thoroughly bathed and dried and  all prep work is completed before the assessment. Once you have completed your initial day with me, we can start to build a portfolio of the remaining grooms that you have completed in your salon. Evidence is required in the form of photographs and videos. You have an unlimited amount of time to do this.

The final unit of the qualification is to complete one of our accredited first aid courses. These are held at venues around the country or you can come to me to complete this. I feel every groomer should complete an accredited first aid course, so this is something I hold separately also.

The fast track option for this qualification price will include a full course pack, all of your assessment fees, and a day with you in person to take you through the qualification and assess your three breeds, full support from me as you go through the qualification, your OCN Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming certificate. The only part that is not included in the price is my expenses if you would like me to do your initial day in your own salon. If you come to me there is no extra cost.

Our canine first aid course is fully accredited by the Open College Network at level 3. This is currently the only recognised accredited course in canine first aid. On this course we like to use a combination of theory and practical based work. We have a state of the art CPR “casper” model to demonstrate resuscitation, CPR and the recovery position. The course also covers vitals, bandaging, first aid emergencies, fractures, poising, hemorrhaging and so much more. This course is suitable for both pet owners and industry professionals.

The cost of this course includes your OCN registration, course materials and OCN certificate.

See upcoming dates please call us on 01460 281528 or check our Facebook page

This brand new handstripping accreditation is a great accolade for anyone looking to prove their skills in handstripping and receive a formal certificate from a National Awarding Organisation. This course is accredited at Level 3 and on completion you will receive an Open College Network West Midlands Certificate.

This workshop will take you through the theory of wire coated handstripping. From the basics of coat growth all the way to the technique itself. We will discuss factors that affect handstripping, carding, rolling, equpment, after stripping care and the subject that has everybody talking – post grooming furunculousus.

The afternoon gives you the chance to handstrip a wire coated dog of your choice. The afternoon will give you the opportunity to certify through the Open College Network by being assessed on the day.

The cost of this accreditation includes your OCN enrolment fee. This course is also available privately or corporately. Please email for more details.

We believe strongly in CPD for all Dog Groomers and we therefore offer bespoke 1-1 training and host/run Seminars on a regular basis

Our 1-1- training is tailor made to your individual requirements and could include a visit from us to your Salon to assist you with a particular dog groom that you are struggling to perfect.  Perhaps you would like to spend a day here with us, particularly if you are a lone worker, and be assisted in areas of grooming that you do not feel confident in

We also host and run seminars on a very regular basis and details of these can be found on our Facebook page or by calling us on 01460 281528  

Want to book a training course or find out more information?