Grooming Courses

Dog Grooming Courses

Next Course starts 30th May 2022


From our premier dog grooming training centre in Consett, Top Trimz Dog Grooming offers a range of professional training courses for the next generation of dog groomers. Our Crufts winning tutor offers you prestigious City & Guilds & OCN qualifications, ensuring that you are more than prepared to provide an excellent service to your customers.


Top Trimz is a name known throughout the North East for producing Top Class groomers.  Most of our trainees come from recommedations from past students.  Training schools are popping up a lot these days, Make the right choice to ensure you have the skill & knowledge to build a successful business.


Marie is dedicated & committed to delivering the best quality training to each individual student.  She is one of the highest qualified groomers in the UK.  Small class numbers ensure each student receives the individual attention they need.  Once your course is completed marie will continue to guide you in your new career.


Top Trimz offers are spacious, clean, friendly environment with all modern equipment.


A taster session at Top Trimz is recommended before enrolling on a grooming course anywhere in the North East.


 We understand that attending a new environment can be an anxious event, it is our aim to make you feel relaxed and comfortable to make your learning experience with us a positive one.


Top Trimz offers both the City & Guilds Level 2 & 3,  & OCN Level 3 grooming qualifications.

Next Course start dates for 2022

30th May 2022



You can book a free, no obligation Taster session by calling 01207 505595.


The purpose of the taster session is for you to come into the salon on a normal training day and meet the staff, see the premises & find out more about the dog grooming courses.  You will also meet current students and have an opportinuty to chat with them.   The taster session will give you the chance to find out if one of our courses is right for you.


City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants

This is the first stage to becoming a professional dog groomer.


Some of the topics this course will cover are Health & Safety in the grooming salon, health checking animals, bathing and cleaning animals, cleaning and maintaining equipment, controlling and restraining animals, drying the different coat types and preparing their coats for styling. The course includes rough clipping & basic scissor work.


You will complete in house assessments on these topics and complete homework assignments during your course.


Learners who complete Level 2 can find employment in a salon as a dog groomer assistant.


It is important you set aside time at home to complete the homework & study (guided learning). A total of 183 learning hours is requires for this course, this is achieved with onsite tuition & guided home study.


Level 2  |  15 days tuition (on site)  | £2,050         

(price includes VAT where Applicable)

Qualification only £850 (includes registration & exams only) for those that already have the training experience

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

Learners must complete the Level 2 before they can be registered for Level 3.

During this course you will continue to use all of your Level 2 skills to prepare your dog for grooming. This course will cover trimming and styling a variety of breeds & coat types using the various grooming methods/techniques. This will be achieved by learners either working on a dog each or in pairs. Some theory work will be completed onsite.


Demonstrations will also be performed by the tutors.

You will be assessed on the following-

* Risk assessment & first aid

* Styling a wool mix coat dog

* Styling a drop coat dog

* Grooming a dog to breed standard

* A hand strip dog

There is also an evolve exam which is held twice a year. This exam is in June & November & must be booked 2 months in advance.

A total of 300 learning course is required for this course, this is achieved with onsite tuition & guided home study


Level 3  |  25 days                                  £4,000

(price includes VAT where Applicable)

Qualification only £1,500 ( includes registration & exams only) For those who have completed Level 2 & have reached the required standard to complete the 7863 qualification.

A 1 day assessment will be required before enrolling.

OCN Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

The Open college Network Level 3 in Dog Grooming qualification.

You are not required to complete level 2 before enrolling on this course as the OCN covers all modules needed to become a fully qualified dog groomer and is regulated by Ofqual  This course will enable you to go from novice to professional groomer.

This course will cover preparation & grooming a variety of coat types & styles.


OCN Level 3  |  25 Days  | Price  £4,500

(price includes VAT where Applicable)


Qualification only £1,500, This price does not include training as it is for those who are already working as dog groomers and have reach the required standard &  would like a qualification.

Already established as a Dog Groomer/Dog Groomers Assistant?

Are you wanting to become fully certified?


Established groomers or groomers’ assistants do not need to complete a full tuition course,  If you already have the experience or have previously completed a training course you can attend to complete the qualification only.

You will be required to achieve the Level 2 first before enrolling for the level 3.

You will be required to attend a pre-qualification assessment before enrolling.

As a result of the assessment you will need to attend skills gap days and/or may be advised to complete some extra tuition to reach the required standard for the City & Guilds 7863 Diploma in Dog Grooming.

You will also be required to produce evidence of your learning over a period of time to gain the underpinning knowledge and required learning course.


Our Course Times

Our courses are available right throughout the year at our salon in Consett, we recommend potential trainees to book early to avoid disappointment.

Courses can be attended one to four day a week-


One day a week – Tues, Wed, Thurs or Friday

Two days per week – Tuesday & Wednesday OR Thursday and Friday

Four days a week – Tuesday to Friday

Course Times:  Tuesday – Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 3.45 p.m.