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Our Dog Grooming Training Courses

Here at Abbfabb Academy, we believe in delivering high-quality tuition and support, to enable our students to be able to run a commercial dog grooming business. We do not just tutor you to pass the exams because this in itself isn’t enough to be able to offer a fully comprehensive service to your clients.

As one of the UK’s most highly qualified dog stylists, Eve Somers has many years of experience as a commercial groomer, a teacher, an examiner for most grooming qualifications, a competition judge and a show dog breeder and exhibitor. Her knowledge and experience have been invaluable in building the reputation of Abbfabb Academy as one of the best dog grooming schools you will find.

Due to the change on September 1st, this year to the City and Guilds qualifications, the compulsory guided learning hours have substantially increased so we now offer a 50-day training course as our standard course duration.

We deliver City and Guilds qualifications because traditionally, the City and Guilds logos are generally the most easily recognised.

These are the qualifications offered at Abbfabb Academy.

The City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Grooming Assistants
This trains and qualifies you in the bathing and preparation skills (qualification number 7763-02)

The City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming
This trains and qualifies you in the industry standard trimming and styling skills and techniques with the aim of preparing you for a career as a commercial dog groomer. (qualification number 7863-03).

All candidates receive the relevant Abbfabb Certificate on successful completion of the chosen course.

Today’s clients have high expectations of their pet’s groomer. At Abbfabb Academy we believe that the modern professional groomer needs to be highly trained and have a thorough understanding of the work they do.

Dog grooming is hard work, but very rewarding. We are fully committed to our students, and in order to succeed, all students will need to be equally dedicated. Being a good learner is as important as having excellent tuition.

All practical assessments are carried out in the grooming school by an Abbfabb approved assessor.

There will also be an opportunity to attend an emergency first-aid for dog groomers, delivered by one of the veterinary nurses from the vets who are our neighbours.

We build our training course schedules to suit the individual student. We always try to offer as much flexibility as possible because people have commitments which often have to be worked into a training course plan. So with this in mind, we don’t have specific start and end dates.

Unless you’re travelling from abroad, or a long distance, we recommend that you train for a maximum of three days a week. This will allow you to absorb all you have learned, and to complete your open learning work. Most students have other commitments such as part-time work and families, so training between one and three days a week will allow enough time for everything, including rest!

If you are from overseas or from a considerable distance from us, we strongly recommend that you plan for a break in your training to allow yourself to rest. The longest course is taught over 12 weeks, and if you’re travelling from a long distance, you should plan for a stay of 14 weeks to allow for rest weeks.

All students will receive a grooming kit including clippers, blades, Abbfabb Scissors, brush, comb, nail clippers and attachment combs, which is included the fees.

Please click on the various course pages to find out more and send us an email from the contact page for further details on fees and start dates.

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