Become a Qualified Dog Groomer - City & Guilds and ICMG Courses

Sue has over 23 years’ experience in dog grooming, having previously ran the dog grooming courses at Derby College, Broomfield Hall and is an International Certified Master Groomer, holding her Level 3 7750 City & Guilds Dog Grooming Qualification. Sue has colleagues who work with her at the grooming school, Jess plays a big part in the grooming school and is a qualified International Certified Master Groomer. Lindsey is the Exams Invigilator and also the Marketing Assistant within the dog grooming school.  The team has a 100% success rate in teaching the dog grooming course and hold Qualified Teaching and Learning Status. The grooming school works closely with ICMG UK International Certified Master Groomers UK and are an accredited dog grooming school

We offer dog grooming training and you can come along and enrol onto an accredited dog grooming course with us. Our part time dog grooming courses are perfect for those who want to learn to become a qualified dog groomer.

The salon is located on the outskirts of Ilkeston, 8 miles from Derby and 12 miles from Nottingham.


Certified Professional Groomer & City & Guilds Level 2 Dog Grooming Assistant

The course covers a range of skills including:

  • Bathing and dying dogs
  • Clipping and styling dogs
  • Hand stripping techniques
  • Nail trimming
  • Ear plucking
  • Anal glands
  • Canine behavior and handling
  • Dog skin and hair
  • Canine diseases
  • Canine first aid
  • Canine parasites
  • Grooming cats (knowledge and understanding)
  • Salon sanitation and disinfection
  • Professional grooming and ethics
  • The grooming business
  • The kennel/pet trim
  • Care of the groomer
  • Groomer liability insurance
  • Canine anatomy
  • Canine hair growth
  • Scissor and blade care

There are practical and written exams at the end of the course.

On successful completion of the course you become a Certified Professional Groomer and can put the letters CPG after your name.

Sue has great success with her student's exam results, with her team on hand to help you each step of the way.

The course runs for 20 weeks, one day a week.

Course fees are £3,100 for the Certified Professional Groomer, CPG course, this includes a scissor set and grooming shirt which are yours to keep worth £145.

You will be required to join ICMG and pay exam fees directly to them for the amount of £399, this also includes your study guides for the CPG qualification.

You can choose to combine the City & Guilds Level 2 along with Certified Professional Groomer which makes the fees to £4,200 (excluding the ICMG fee of £399).

Free One Hour Taster Session

Are you unsure whether dog grooming is for you? Why not book our free one hour taster session and come and have a go with one of the dogs within the grooming salon.

One hour tasters are bookable around you and our teaching commitments. You can come along and spend some grooming time with a dog and observe other students currently on their course. This is a great session to give you some grooming experience and see our fantastic salon and dog grooming school. 

Taster Day

We offer dog grooming taster days to allow you to come along and experience what is involved in becoming a dog groomer. These are a great idea if you'd like to see if dog grooming is something you would like a career in.

10am to 3pm

The cost of the day is £120

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