Dog Grooming Courses
Scotgroom offers a wide variety of Dog Grooming Courses to suit all interests and abilities, from enthusiastic owners to professional groomers
There's something for every groomer, whether you are based locally, nationally or internationally. You will enjoy learning directly from a grooming expert who has achieved international acclaim, yet has lost none of the enthusiasm for passing on knowledge and skills to beginners and professionals alike. Discover how rewarding dog grooming can be!
Important Information about Dog Grooming Qualifications...
Although at present, you do not have to be qualified to be a dog groomer, there are indications that this may change in the future. However, by holding an industry-recognised qualification (such as those from Scotgroom), you will be reassuring your clients that you have received proper training from a reputable provider and can be relied upon to carry-out the groom with due regard for the health and wellbeing of the dog.
Note: The only qualifications that are industry-recognised are those awarded by City & Guilds.
For information on our full range of Scotgroom Dog Grooming Courses and our City & Guilds Grooming Qualifications, click on the buttons below:
C&G Level 2 Certificate For Dog Grooming Assistants
This qualification is for those wishing to enter the grooming industry as a supervised assistant to a professional dog stylist.
This exam covers preparation of dogs for grooming and consists of 7 modules with a total of 23 credits. These modules are not required for advancement to the Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming.
C&G Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming
This two-part course is for those who would like to enter the dog grooming industry as stylists.
Both parts must be completed successfully for the Level 3 certificate to be awarded.
Click below for more information.
Level 3 Certificate: Part A
Part A of the certificate consists of some practical assessment work and some written assignment work.
Topics covered include:
Carrying-out Styling and Finishing of Dogs;
Assessment and Planning of Dog Grooming Work;
Promoting and Maintaining the Health and Wellbeing of Animals;
Health Checking of a Dog by a Groomer; and Moving Animals Between Locations.
Part A consists of 5 modules with a total of 20 credits.
Level 3 Certificate: Part B
Part B consists of two one-hour short-answer written papers taken under exam conditions.
The papers cover:
Promoting and Maintaining the Health and Wellbeing of Animals
Planning and Assessing Dog Grooming Work.
These exams run in June and November each year and are arranged through the Pet Industry Federation.
Successful completion of Part A and Part B will result in the Level 3 Certificate being awarded.
C&G Level 3 Diploma for Professional Dog Stylists
The Level 3 Certificate must be completed before progressing to the Level 3 Diploma. Completion of the Level 3 Diploma results in full qualification as a groomer.
The Diploma exam consists of: three practical dogs styled under exam conditions in a time not exceeding one hour for each, and a handstripped dog which is completed as a centre-assessed assignment.
Candidates must provide their own exam dogs, normally sourced from their client base. Dogs must be a good example of the breed, have sufficient coat growth, and be of good temperament. The dogs must be of particular breeds with one selected from each of three lists: 1) a short-legged terrier; 2) a spaniel; and 3) a long-legged terrier OR a miniature schnauzer OR a toy/miniature poodle.
All three modules do not have to be completed on the same day.
Around eighteen months' experience in the grooming industry is usually recommended before attempting exams. Dogs are presented for the exam in a pre-prepared condition i.e. bathed and dried and ready for styling. Candidates have three years from the date of first registration to complete both the Level 3 Certificate and the Level 3 Diploma.
C&G Higher Diploma in Dog Grooming
This qualification is designed to show further skill and knowledge in dog grooming.
Candidates must have already completed the Level 3 Diploma. The Higher Diploma consists of: seven practical dogs completed within time limits; and two written exam papers under exam conditions.
Scotgroom Dog Grooming Courses – Click for Full List!
At Scotgroom, we run a comprehensive range of dog grooming courses tailored to suit everyone, from owners and novices to experienced professional groomers.
Click below for information on choosing the Scotgroom course that's right for you:
New to Grooming? Consider these four:
One-day Dog Grooming Course for Owners
Bring along your own dog and learn how to groom properly.
You will complete the groom from start to finish under supervision and instruction. The groom will include: bathing, drying, grooming-out, any clipping/scissoring required, nail care and ear care.
There will also be an opportunity to discuss equipment requirements for maintaining the coat and continuing the grooming process at home. We will supply a tunic for you to wear during your time with us, but please do not wear your favourite clothes as you will get messy. Sensible shoes with a non-slip rubber sole are essential.
The course will run from 9.30am until the groom is completed. This is usually around mid-afternoon (with a break for lunch).
Please be advised that any dog with more than minimal matting of the hair will have to be completely clipped off. Extensive dematting (which would have to be done before styling could be achieved) would place both Scotgroom and the owner in breach of the law. The Animal Welfare Act prohibits causing unnecessary pain, suffering or distress to an animal. It is possible to avoid causing this by clipping the animal completely. This will leave a very short finish all over, as the dog will have to be clipped underneath the mat which will have formed at the base of the hair (next to the skin). Owners should be aware that keeping an animal in a matted condition is also a breach of the Animal Welfare Act.
Course requirements: a dog, a water bowl for the dog, something for your lunch, any tools you are currently using to maintain your dog's coat (but do not buy anything new), a notepad and pen. It is recommended that notes are taken during the grooming process.
Course Fee: £150
(Excess for large/giant breeds please call.)
Considering a Career in Grooming? 1-Day Taster
Spend a day in the salon assisting with bathing, drying, grooming-out, cleaning ears etc. and find out if grooming really is the career for you.
There is no clipping/scissoring on this course, but you will have the opportunity to handle dogs whilst they are being groomed (not at all similar to handling your own dog) and will experience the work environment (not always as people expect). You will be in a position to make an informed decision at the end of the day as to whether you would like to progress to a longer course.
The day runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm on a Tuesday or Wednesday at a mutually convenient date.
We will supply a tunic for you to wear during your time with us, but please do not wear your favourite clothes as you will get messy. Sensible shoes with a non-slip rubber sole are essential.
Course requirements: Something for your lunch
Course Fee: £100
16-Day Basic Dog Grooming Course
This course is designed for people who intend to find supervised work with an established groomer, perhaps in a bather/dryer capacity.
This sixteen-day basic grooming course covers: Bathing, Drying, Grooming-out, Dematting, Clipping-off, Nail Care and Ear Care.
The clipper work on this course is confined to complete clipping-off of coats and does not include any styling work. Scissoring work will only cover face and feet tidying of clipped-off dogs.
Monday: 9.00am 3.30pm
Tuesday: 9.00am 5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am 5.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am 3.30pm
The course does not have to be taken over four weeks back-to-back and can be split into weekly blocks if required. It is recommended that two weeks are taken together to start. There is no time-limit over which the course must be completed, but obviously a shorter time frame is advisable in order to retain information from one session to the next.
This course does not include any qualification/certification, but the Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants can be included at an additional cost.
Course Fee: £2000
24-Day Dog Grooming Course
This course is designed for those who would like to set up a grooming business of their own.
It covers all the work of the sixteen-day course plus a variety of popular breeds in clipped and handstripped breed styles.
The course also includes Part A of the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming. Part A involves a combination of practical assessment and written assignment work. Part B (arranged through the Pet Industry Federation after your course) consists of a short-answer written exam. The written exam runs in June and November each year and can be taken at Scotgroom.
Successful completion of Part A and Part B will result in the award of the Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming.
Course Fee: £3100
Experienced Groomer? These are for you:
City & Guilds Level 3
Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming
The City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming comprises of Part A (some practical assessment work and some written assignment work) and Part B (a short-answer written exam).
Part A can be completed and assessed at an accredited satellite centre. The written assignments in Part A are completed at home using resources such as books and the internet. These should ideally be submitted before you come to Scotgroom to complete the practical assessments. The practical assessments in Part A involve completing 2 different head styles, 2 different body styles and a handstripped body and legs. The easiest way to achieve all of the required credits is to do two complete dogs in different clipped styles and a complete handstrip dog. The handstrip dog groomed for the Level 3 Certificate can then be carried forward as the handstrip module for the Level 3 Diploma, negating the requirement to complete a second handstrip dog. There are also two written assignments which have to be completed closed book at the assessment centre. Part B, the short answer written exam, will have to be arranged separately through the Pet Industry Federation. Scotgroom is an exam centre for the written exam. The exam runs in June and November each year. Candidates must be registered with City & Guilds before applying to sit the exam. The Pet Industry Federation will be able to advise on the cost of taking the written exam.
The City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming will be awarded upon successful completion of Part A and Part B.
City & Guilds Level 3
Diploma for Professional Dog Stylists
The Diploma requires three dogs to be styled by a groomer and assessed by external examiners and a handstripped dog to be completed and assessed by an accredited satellite centre. (This may have been covered in the Level 3 Certificate).
The styled dogs have to be of particular types: a spaniel, a short-legged terrier and a long-legged terrier or poodle, or miniature schnauzer. They should be clipped and scissored.
All exam dogs should be of good temperament, of good breed type and should have at least eight weeks' growth before styling.
Preparation is completed before the dogs are brought for the exam and groomers have one hour to complete each dog.
All dogs do not have to be completed in one exam session.
One-day Dog Grooming "Brush-up" Course
This course is for groomers who wish to improve their styling technique on any breed of dog, perhaps in preparation for Level 3 Diploma exams or to add a new breed to their portfolio.
The course runs from 10am until 3pm with a break for lunch and can include one unprepared dog or two already prepared dogs.
Groomers must supply their own model dogs. For groomers wishing to prepare for exams this would ideally be the dogs they will use in the exam.
Course Fee: £100
Two-day Pre-assessment Training Course
This course is designed for groomers who wish to complete Part A of the Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Grooming and would like to do some refresher training in breed styling before registering for the exam.
Groomers should provide their own model dogs. Please call to discuss suitable breeds/styling. There is no time restriction (as in the one hour allowed for the Diploma exams) but dogs should be completed in a "reasonable time".
The practical assessment in Part A of the Level 3 certificate involves: completing two different head styles; two different body styles; and a handstripped body and legs.
The easiest way to achieve all of the required credits is to do two complete dogs in different styles and a complete handstrip dog. The handstrip dog groomed for the Level 3 Certificate can then be carried forward as the handstrip module for the Level 3 Diploma, negating the requirement to complete a second handstrip dog.
Course Fee: £200
Four-day Level 3 Certificate Assessment
Four-day course covering all the practical tasks required for Part A of the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming.
This includes: all practical assessments required; marking of the written assignments completed at home and the two written assignments completed at the centre.
Groomers are required to provide their own model dogs. Please call to discuss suitable breeds/styling. There is no time restriction (as in the one hour allowed for the Diploma exams) but dogs should be completed in a "reasonable time".
Course Fee: £900
More Information on Dog Grooming Courses in the UK
The Pet Industry Federation website contains lots of information on dog grooming courses and qualifications in the United Kingdom.
Please make sure that you pick a training school from their accredited schools list. All schools on this list (including Scotgroom) have tutors who are qualified in Dog Grooming and also hold a teaching certificate.
There is currently no legislation covering who can set up a dog grooming training school and students are ultimately the ones to suffer. It can be very distressing to have spent a lot of money on a course only to find that your tutor is not even qualified and you have been instructed incorrectly.
Avoid disappointment and choose to learn your craft with Scotgroom, or another accredited training provider if you're unable to come to us.
We can offer Dog Grooming Courses tailored to the individual, including any of the following:
- Preparation for City and Guilds/NPTC Advanced Certificate in Dog Grooming
- Preparation for British Dog Groomers Association (BDGA) Higher Diploma in Dog Grooming
- Grooming Techniques for Pet Owners
- Preparation of the Show Dog
- Grooming as a Career
Your Tutor: Agnes Murphy
Agnes started her grooming career at the London Academy of Grooming with Gill East. She operated successful grooming businesses for many years. During that time, she also completed a two-year vet nursing course at Glasgow Veterinary College.
Scotgroom was started in 1999, and since then, Agnes has trained hundreds of groomers who have gone on to run successful businesses and compete nationally and internationally.
Many groomers return for advice and assistance before sitting their exams, as Agnes was a City and Guilds Examiner for several years.
Agnes has competed internationally and was a GroomTeam Scotland member in 1999 - London, UK; 2001 - Calgary, Canada; 2005 - Montpellier, France; and 2007 - Milan, Italy. Amongst the many grooming awards she has received are the Cardinal Crystal International Groomer of the Year 2004 at Intergroom, New Jersey, USA and International Gold medallist 2005. She has been on the judging team at Eurogroom Prague Best and Dublin. Her free time is spent showing and judging Standard, Miniature and Toy Poodles and various Gundog breeds with great success.
Agnes holds a distinction pass in City and Guilds 7750 (now called the 7750-03 Advanced Certificate in Dog Grooming) and the Advanced Grooming Diploma (now called the Higher Diploma in Dog Grooming). She holds the LCGI Licentiateship award in dog grooming, recognising her as a master craftsman in Europe. This is the highest award achievable in dog grooming. She is also a member of the Guild of Master Groomers and the Cardinal Crystal Academy. Other qualifications include units in Training and Development and a Further Education Adult Teaching Certificate.
Agnes's grooming ability is also recognised and featured in two of The Styling Academy's series of dog grooming DVD's. Both are available from Technogroom and show groomers and owners how to groom from start to finish.
Staff at Scotgroom
Christine: After a successful career with Motorola in their equipment maintenance department, Christine decided to embark on a major career change. In 2003 she started a training course at Scotgroom, but after the second day decided that dog grooming was not for her! Her husband persuaded her to continue with the course and, by the end of it, Agnes made her an offer she couldn't refuse!
Christine's interest in dogs started at a very early age, but her parents were not keen to allow her to have one. After training her rabbit to do a perfect sit/stay/recall and a homemade agility course, her parents gave in and she eventually got her first dog, a Labrador. Several Border Collies followed and her involvement in competition agility, working trials and obedience training grew. Now she has Australian Shepherd Dogs and has added breed showing to her list of interests, with her first Aussie, Armatan Angel Eyes, going Best of Breed at Crufts 2005.
Christine deals with administration and bookings. She holds a Distinction Pass in the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate.
Please call 01555 770333 if you would like to discuss training dates, or have tuition requirements not covered by the courses listed above.
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Tuesday 9am 5pm
Wednesday 9am 5pm
Thursday 9am 3.30pm
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