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 the 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.
A mature student is planning to combine animal management training with holistic skills to launch her own equine therapy business.
Kim Leder, 44, believes her qualifications gained at Derby College courses combined with a previous qualification can help her career dreams come to life.
Long Eaton mum of three Kim is trained to level 3 in holistic therapy and has just completed her HND in animal management at Broomfield.
She is going on to the one year top-up to achieve the full degree at Derby College and plans to go on to launch her own equine holistic therapy business after that.
Kim has combined the course with bringing up three girls nine-year-old twins Sophie and Jorja (corrct) and 11 year old Millie.
Kim said gained a distinction for a module on behaviour which demonstrated how horses responded well to reiki therapy when they were nervous about being saddled.
She said: "The horses responded really well and the difference was quite noticeable. When I got the grades back, I'd got a distinction which was great.
"Hopefully after my degree I'll be able to start my own business."