International Professional Groomers have launched a revolutionary new qualification for the pet grooming professional. The course is ideal if you want to commence working in the dog grooming industry and are keen to learn the skills you need to work under supervision in a dog grooming salon. The course is run within the commercial salon at the College.
You should have a keen interest in dogs.
You will be required to work in the commercial dog grooming salon on client dogs so that you gain a realistic experience of a working salon. If you wish, you are able to source your own suitable range of fully vaccinated dogs and book them into the salon at a charge of £10 per dog.
You will learn a range of dog grooming skills which include:
Formal assessments take place at the end of the course and are in the form of one written exam and one practical exam for the Salon Details certification.
There may be an opportunity, if you wish, to have a demonstration day prior to your exam for extra preparation. There will be a fee for this - the exact amount is to be confirmed.
Learners must wear the Derby College salon uniform, for which you must pay at enrolment. You are also required to purchase your own scissor set which is ordered by the College at the cost of approximately £135: this is also payable on enrolment.
You need to wear sensible footwear and trousers/jeans. The College will provide grooming equipment to be used while you are on the course.
Registration with IPG, which you should do yourself, is at a cost of approximately £62.00.
You may wish to participate in further training that the College offers to enhance your grooming skills. There will be an opportunity to take further examinations to aim towards becoming an International Certified Master Groomer (ICMG).
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to dogs, cats, other animals and a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Animal management student Steph Lovely has returned to Derby College Broomfield Hall because of the unique combination of work-based learning and academic studies on the study programme.
Steph (25) is completing the first of two years on her Level Five course and is planning to stay on for a third year to work towards a Bachelors qualification.
Steph said she was initially concerned about funding but found she was eligible for student finance which enabled her to pursue her studies.
Previously she has taken two courses at Broomfield – a first diploma in horse care and a national diploma in horse management.
She worked with horses for a few years before deciding to switch direction while still working with animals.
Now she is aiming to go on to become a veterinary nurse or RSPCA foster carer.
Steph said: The course is really hands-on and that's what I wanted. It's going really well. I'm getting better grades than I expected, with merits and distinctions. It will be a stepping stone for the future."