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Choosing the right Dog Grooming School

Key questions you should ask before booking a dog grooming training course

How many years experience to the individual tutors and grooming school owner have?

This should not be collectively but how long each individual has been grooming professionally since qualified. Many schools are using newly qualified groomers to teach !! So make sure you find out.

What qualifications do the tutors hold?

A tutor should hold a minimum of a Level 3 qualification and a teaching qualification. Ideally a higher level of qualification should have been obtained, such as a Higher Diploma in Dog Grooming.

Is your school an active member of organisations such as The British Dog Groomers Association ( BDGA) British Isles Groomers Association ( BIGA) and The Groomers Spotlight.

These are all organisations which promote the industry and insure certain codes of ethics and qualification levels are met.

Are the schools tutors and owners, actively involved within the industry and promote continual professional development?

this is a key part of being a dog groomer, as tools, styles and skills are ever involving. All staff members should be attending industry related events throughout the year.

Are the salon facilities modern and up to date with the latest equipment now available to students?

Whilst a salon cannot be expected to have everything brand new, it is important that schools show the variety of tools and equipment available on the market today. Many of which enable you to earn a better commercial living from the job.

Are all aspects of styling and handling covered?

Grooming involves many different techniques, scissoring, clipping, hand-stripping, handling difficult dogs etc. Without the relevant knowledge you will not be able to successively run a business.

Will you receive on going support?

On going support both during and after your course is a key factor in insuring success. You should be able to call on your training centre/tutor whenever needed.

Is the salon an approved centre?

Whilst this does not always insure quality tutors , it’s does mean the salon should have met minimum safety and quality standards, and there will be official complaints and appeals procedures in place if any issues were to arise. If you train at a centre that is not approved through any governing body, you run the risk of low quality training and not having anyone to complain to if you were unhappy!

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