2018 City & Guilds grooming courses - dates coming soon. Watch this space!

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Groom for a Living Course


The 'Groom For a Living' Course - £2150 (with option to add the City & Guilds Level 2 qualification)

This is our most popular course and is the course you will need if your aim is to start your own grooming business. You will have 'hands-on' training from day 2 of the course on a wide variety of breeds and cross-breeds, and will be ready to get started with your own business at the end of the course. You will not need any other courses to set up as a commercial groomer as this course covers everything - and enables you to gain a City & Guilds qualification at an additional cost.

This is a full time 20 days/140 hours course (from 9.30am to 4.30pm Mon - Fri for 4 weeks). You will start with the basics, i.e. bathing and drying and learning how to brush out a knotty coat, and continues through all the grooming skills you would need. At the end of the course you would know how to prepare and style dogs. What you would not have is speed! Speed comes with repetition - so you would be able to start booking in your own dogs in your new business but only one or two a day until you gain the speed and confidence to increase. At the same time, you have to get known in your area, so to start with you would not be flooded with dogs anyway.

You will receive written training aids to back up your newly learned skills and these are handed out gradually during the course and are for you to read in your own time. We will also provide you with the necessary written information on the major canine diseases, parasites, and quite a few other common animal health problems which we sometimes come across in the grooming salon and need to have some knowledge on.

Beyond the skills of grooming you will gain experience in client relations and will receive a detailed information booklet which will assist you to get your business up and running. Dog grooming is a specialised industry which has different needs when considering such things as insurance, advertising, location, equipment etc. Your booklet will help you to make good decisions and to save money in start-up costs.

On successful completion of this course you will be awarded the Dapper Dogs School of Grooming Certificate in Dog GroomingThose who have registered with City & Guilds and pass their examinations will receive the Level 2 City & Guilds Qualification Certificate. 

COST- £2150 (without qualification) or £2800 (with C&G Qualification and includes all City & Guilds costs). 

Payment by: Cheque/Debit Card/Credit Card or Cash


There is much lobbying within the industry to make it mandatory to have formal training and City & Guilds qualifications, and this is set to happen in the not too distant future. 

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