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Groom for a Living Course


The 'Groom For a Living' Course - £2200 (non - qualification) - Increasing in March 2018! 

This is the course you will need if your aim is to work as an employed groomer or to work for yourself as a non-qualified groomer and business owner.You will have 'hands-on' training from day 2 of the course on a wide variety of breeds and cross-breeds. 

You do not actually need any qualifications to set up your own grooming business  - so this course is the one to choose for those who wish to learn how to groom dogs and make a career out of it - but don't particularly want or need a qualification! You DO need to train properly though - and this is where we can teach and guide you through the skills you will need and advise you on everything - from equipment, handling of dogs and conducting visual health checks to pricing, communicating with customers and handling complaints with courtesy and empathy.

On the practical side you will get the SAME TRAINING and learn the SAME SKILLS as those students who are doing the City & Guilds courses. The main difference is the level of theory included. The City & Guilds courses include intensive theory units plus in-depth homework assignments - and exams at the end after the course is completed

On this course you will be given written learning notes 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 of. No exams are taken, and on successful completion of the course you will be ready to groom dogs and will be issued with the Dapper Dogs School of Grooming Certificate in Dog Grooming  to prove it! 

This is a full time 20 days/140 hours course (from 9.30am to 4.30pm Mon - Fri for 4 weeks). The course starts 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 to carry out clipping and styling. 

You will also 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 and keep to look back on when needed.

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.

COST- £2200 (Increasing in March 2018) 

Payment by: Cheque / Debit Card / Credit Card (2% service fee) / Cash or BACS

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