Currently there is no legal requirement or legislation to hold any formal qualification or training to set up as a professional dog groomer. However we would strongly recommend you join a training programme to ensure you enjoy a safe and successful career.
There are numerous avenues you can explore – Learning on the job alongside an experienced dog groomer – Apprenticeships – Web based learning (varied certificates) – City & Guilds – OCN – Private in-house training in salons – Academy Courses – Seminars & Workshops
There is no best way to learn, as an adult you know how you shine the brightest. There are many personal factors to consider such as time, commitment, budget, past educational experiences and what feels right for you and your family at this crossroads in your life.
2 – What does OCN Endorsed mean?
It means that the course you are attending has had the stamp of approval from OCN London. The OCN London Endorsed Training Scheme is a badge of quality for the in-house training we have developed and deliver. The training manual has gone through rigorous checks so that it meets the high standards we promise to deliver to every student that enrols on the course.
3 – How good will I be after 22 days?
Every student arrives with natural ability at different aspects of dog grooming. The course will give you all the knowledge and skills required to be a professional dog groomer. However this is just the beginning of your journey, after completion of the course your destination is your choice! You must manage your own expectations and be prepared to practice, practice, practice! You will need to get yourself some family and friends dogs as models and be willing to offer discounts and promotions. You will be slower as you are new to this and at SCDGA you will learn that the dogs welfare is paramount so taking it slowly is recommended so your learning and development will continue. Once you pick up pace and gain confidence working alone you will be an asset to the dog grooming industry.
4 – How many dogs will I get to work on?
You will have hands-on experience from the off! With each coat type you will observe a demo, work in pairs and work alone. You won't be thrown in the deep end but equally you are challenged so that you reach your potential. Over 50 dogs will visit the academy during your time there so you will experience every case scenario.
5 – How much can I potentially earn? Are there enough dogs out there?
This chosen career is flexible, so you can earn as much or as little as you need. Some students want to just do family and friends as a gentle income, other students are the main bread winner and need to earn £30k plus, both is realistic and achievable. There are more dogs now then ever, the dog industry is booming. You only have to call your local dog groomers to find their next available appointment if indeed they are even taking on any more clients.
6 – What support is there for me after the course if I run into difficulties?
Rest assured you are not alone after the course. You will have built good relationships with the team at SCDGA and made friends with the other students, so everyone is there to help each other. We encourage you to refer to your manual and you can email us or message us and we can advise you or just give confidence that you are doing fine. You will also have access to our Facebook group Paws Through the Doors.
Paws Through the Doors is a membership support group on Facebook run by a team of experts that either work or have links to the Academy. We want all our students to be part of a friendly and informative community where you feel comfortable discussing the triumphs and challenges dog grooming can bring. The group will have on hand technical support, marketing advice, website management, equipment advice, 'how to' videos, podcasts, Q&A lives, written content, business accounting advice and more. This large range of helpful information can be searched which can be easily referred to through the search option.
The OCN London Endorsed Training Scheme is a badge of quality for the in-house training South Coast Dog Grooming Academy has developed and delivers.
The course is designed for dog lovers who are looking to pursue a career as a professional dog groomer. It is suitable for complete beginners and for those who do not wish to undertake formal exams. At SCDGA you will experience the modern way of dog grooming. You will be fully trained and confident to achieve every pet owners’ desired style and cut. After completion of the course you can be fully insured and set up your own business.
For more information call us on 01903 233059
Click on the links below to read Tails of the Unexpected Dog Groomer blog by one of our graduates, Samantha Hobden