Preliminary Dog Grooming

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

If you spend time grooming your dog, or caring for canines, then dog grooming may be a profession for you. This course will provide you with all that you need to know to become a professional and qualified Dog Groomer. You'll learn how to groom different breeds, provide a first-class customer care experience and discover the business opportunities that are available upon completion of the course.

As a student, you will be provided with the opportunity to progress on to the College's popular Advanced Techniques in Dog Grooming course after completing this course. The advanced course will enhance your overall employability and provide you with the skills required to launch your own dog grooming business/salon.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has various start dates and times throughout the year and will take 12 weeks to complete.

Take a look at our online shop to see when the next course is starting and book and pay online.

The course takes place at St Helens College, STEM Centre Campus, St Helens, WA9 1TT.

What will I study?

During this course you will study a variety of different modules that will help you gain essential sector knowledge and skills.

You will study subjects such as:

  • Health and safety
  • Grooming equipment
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Canine behaviour and restraint
  • Health checks
  • Customer service
  • Skin and coat conditions
  • Grooming techniques
  • Basic clipping and scissoring

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through your practical course work and punctuality.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You do not need any formal qualifications, just passion and a commitment to your studies.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £650. To secure your place, you will need to pay a £200 deposit with the remaining balance payable upon enrolment. You can pay your deposit and reserve your place in our online shop.

This is a full cost course meaning that there are no fee discounts available.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you may choose to seek employment or alternatively you may wish to further your knowledge by progressing on to our Advanced Techniques in Dog Grooming course.

Many of our successful students have secured employment within the industry and have even gone on to run their very own dog grooming business/salon. Equally, many students join the course as a hobby.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

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