Our grooming training courses

Our grooming training courses

The courses at Four Paws Groom School are designed to suit everybody. You can learn how to groom your own dog or cat in one day or complete a 25 day Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming Qualification. We cater for novices wanting some confidence to those seeking a career at the highest standard in a lucrative industry. We also provide skill refreshers to experienced groomers keen to continue in their professional development.

Unlike many centres we can tailor make our courses to suit your needs and accreditation through Open College Network West Midlands is optional on most courses. Although the core syllabus is our starting point, you can tell us what you need and we will ensure you cover it!

• Pet trims? Not a problem!
• Show standard? Not a problem!
• Extra practice on a particular breed? Not a problem!

At Four Paws we work with you to get the most out of your learning and help you to be the best that you can be.

This one day course has been specifically created for those wanting to groom their own dog at home. You can bring your dog to us for the day and learn how to create one specific style you like and gain the skills you need to work on your own dogs coat type. This will save you a lifetime of cost taking your dog to the groomers and give you fond bonding time with your favourite pooch.

£195 per person

This one day course has been specifically created for those wanting to groom their own cat at home. You can bring your cat to us for the day and learn how to create one specific style you like and gain the skills you need to work on your own cats coat type. Why go to the groomers if your cat is happier at home? We have found owners enjoy this course as it gives lovely bonding time with their favourite feline and will save ongoing grooming costs throughout your cats lifetime. However, if your cat loves a professional groom we can give you the skills to ensure they stay in tiptop condition between appointments.

£195 per person

This course is perfect for owners and professionals alike who want to feel equipped in the event of an emergency.

In the course we will cover many of the common types of emergency where a dog would require first aid including unconsciousness, poisoning, car crashes, burns, wounds, insect bites and fractures. 

Alongside the theory of first aid you will take part in practical tasks such as bandaging, resuscitation with our very own doggie dummy and even the canine recovery position.

You will learn skills that can save lives.  Need I say more?

2017
Comberbach Memorial Hall - Marbury Rd, Comberbach, Cheshire CW9 6AU
Saturday 28th January
Saturday 25th March
Saturday 1st July
Saturday 28th October

£99 per person including light refreshments

Hand stripping involves pulling out the dead outer coat of wired-haired or “rough-coated” breeds by hand, rather than cutting the hair with clippers. This allows a new wire coat to grow in. It does not hurt the dog as wire hair is not attached like our own hair or like breeds with other types of coats. Many groomers do not offer this service as it is time-consuming and very labour intensive. This 2 day course will give you hands on skill practice of hand stripping, perfect for an owner wishing to hand strip their own dog correctly or a student looking to gain a strong basis of the skills needed to hand strip dogs as part of a career in dog grooming.

£325 per person

This course is the first step in learning all about dog grooming and trying your hand at some of the less complex styles. It is perfect for students who have little knowledge of dogs but who are interested in a career in dog grooming. It is also an ideal course for dog owners who wish to learn how to correctly groom a specific breed in a variety of styles. The course will include tools of the trade, basic handling, bathing, nail trimming, clippering and scissoring techniques. On completion of this course you will know whether you wish to pursue a career in dog grooming or if your new skills are just for your dogs to enjoy. If you wish to continue with your studies and undertake any of our higher level courses, the Introductory course cost and time will be deducted from your next training course.

£750 per person

(Optional Open College Network West Midlands Accreditation £80)

This course is a leap up from the introduction course offering further practical and hands on skill practice. Packed into 10 days you will touch on every aspect of dog grooming and is the perfect course length to fit around your current employment or lifestyle. In this course you will gain knowledge of the most popular dog breeds seen in a grooming salon. This course is an ideal start for students who want to become self-employed as a dog groomer or those who wish to gain immediate employment in a grooming salon. This course level will appeal to potential employers in any job application and enable you to display an array of skills. This course may also appeal to students who have experience in grooming but wish to re-fresh their skills on suitable dog models in a grooming salon environment.

The course will include tools of the trade,animal welfare legislation, handling, bathing, nail trimming, clippering and scissoring techniques, ear plucking, breed specific styling, health and safety in the salon, choosing the right products for the dog and distinguishing between different coat types to ensure the correct grooming methods are used.

On successful completion of the course you will receive a Four Paws Foundation Course Certificate in dog grooming with an individual written reference from your course tutor detailing your skill level in each component of the course.

If you wish to continue with your studies and undertake the Intermediate or the Advanced Course, this course cost and time will be deducted from your next training course. In addition to this all Four Paws students who have completed the 10 days of study or above will receive a 20% discount off our Canine First Aid Course.

£1400 per person

(Optional Open College Network West Midlands Accreditation £115)

This course contains the same content as our popular 10 day course but with further opportunity for skills practice in the training environment. Your tutor will continue to guide you as your familiarise yourself with common practices and techniques. This course is ideal for students who enjoy learning at a relaxed pace or feel they would benefit from further time with a tutor before grooming dogs alone.

On successful completion of the course you will receive a Four Paws Intermediate Course Certificate in dog grooming with an individual written reference from your course tutor detailing your skill level in each component of the course.

If you wish to continue with your studies and undertake the Advanced or Professional course, this course cost and time will be deducted from your next training course. In addition to this all Four Paws students who have completed 10 days of study or above will receive a 20% discount off our Canine First Aid Course.

£1900 per person

(Optional Open College Network West Midlands Accreditation £195)

This course provides all you need to know to successfully groom dogs in the pet industry and is a must for any professional. Following the course you may enter employment or consider starting your own business as a self employed dog groomer.  You will learn to correctly identify, groom and style a range of pedigree and cross breed dogs. This course allows you to gain vital experience of a greater number of dogs over the length of your course.

This course will appeal to students who want to leave no stone unturned and cover every aspect of this career in detail. The course includes handling, bathing, nail trimming, clippering and scissoring techniques, ear plucking, breed specific styling, health and safety in the salon, choosing the right products for the dog, distinguishing between different coat types to ensure the correct grooming methods are used and moving onto more advanced styling or clips such as Poodles and Bichon Frise coats.

On successful completion of the course you will receive a Four Paws Advanced Course Certificate in dog grooming with an individual written reference from your course tutor detailing your skill level in each component of the course.

After this course you may wish to continue with your studies and complete the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming.

£2500 per person

(Optional Open College Network West Midlands Accreditation £270)

The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming qualification is top of the class at Four Paws Groom School.

Four Paws Groom School is proud to have developed this qualification in conjunction with Open College Network West Midlands and it is exclusively available to Four Paws until January 2019, after which time other training centres in the UK will be able to offer our course.

Over the period of 25 days in one of our salons, you will groom a minimum of 15 different breeds in a minimum of 20 different styles.  This exceeds other courses available and we believe gives our students a solid foundation on which to continue developing their skills and career. Unlike other qualifications of the same stature, there are no pre-requisites to starting the course, meaning you can join at level 3 without having completed a lower level course first.

As with all of our courses at Four Paws Groom School you will be trained in practical skills such as bathing, scissoring, clippering, nail trimming and ear plucking.

Units included within this qualification are:

- Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work
- Canine First Aid
- Carry Out Styling and Finishing of a Dog
- Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
- Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals
- Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers

The qualification will demonstrate to an employer or the general public that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge to successfully groom a variety of dogs.  This is a formal, regulated, nationally recognised qualification that will remain relevant throughout your career.

It has been designed specifically for those looking to become professional dog groomers or those who already groom dogs (as a hobby or career) but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification.  For experienced groomers, we can offer a fast-track plan to gaining the qualification by skill demonstration over 10 days. 

Please contact Four Paws Groom School for further details or a copy of the 2017 prospectus.

£2895 per person  - 25 days
£1290 per person - 10 days fast-track

(approval for course following a tutor assessment only)

(Inclusive of qualification assessment and certificate from OCNWM)

Our salon experience days are perfect for students who want to gain vital work experience in a fully operational grooming salon. These days can really help build your confidence and enable you to further practice your learnt skills following a course in the school. You will spend the day working alongside an experienced stylist who can show you varying methods and techniques to suit the dogs through the door that day.

£85 per person

We have an extensive database of model dogs who are perfect to hone your skills on such as Poodles, Schnauzers, West Highland Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Fox Terriers and Airdale Terriers and many more. These breed specific days allow for styling focus and advanced grooming techniques.

£150 per person