OCN NI Level 3 Certificate in Commercial Dog Grooming and Salon Management

Basic Pet Grooming (for beginners)

Duration: 15 days Flexible time schedule

Cost: €3600 (including groomer starter pack), you can pay in full or a payment plan can be arranged.

Entry requirements: must be fluent in English (verbal & written), must have a good understanding of leaving cert level education, must be computer literate. You do not need any prior dog grooming related qualifications or do not need prior dog grooming experience.

Learn to be a good Junior Groomer in a salon grooming dogs or start your own career. Perfect for school leavers considering a career in animal care.

Covering basic pet clips styling bathing, drying/prep, ears and nails ie: smooth and double coats deshedding/undercoat removal, trimming and thinning of double coats. Non clipped ie: retrievers/collies etc,  clips offs, matted coat, basic clipped Westie/spaniel /schnauzers with clipped body and skirts etc, teddy trim eg: Bichon, Cavachon, Shih-Tzu, Cockapoo etc.

Weekly assessment, practical & theory tests.

Ocn ni Level 3 Professional Diploma in Clipping, styling, handstripping, Business & Salon Management, Pet Cpr and first-aid

Duration: 20 intensive hands on practical lessons approx 3-3.5hrs plus 50 hrs home study via our online e-portfolio system

Availability: Tuesday – Saturday by arrangement tailored to suit available all year round. Lessons run:  Tuesday – Saturday 9.45am to approx 1/1.30pm.

Qualification: OCN Ni Level 3 Diploma in Commercial Dog Grooming, Animal Welfare , Salon/business Management and Pet first-aid and cpcr

Certification: This is a nationally and industry recognised qualification which is on the Regulated Qualification Framework

Course Description: This is an intensive practical hands-on grooming course taught personally by Wei Chen with a maximum of 4 students on any one training day, all students will work from their own workstations on our range of training dogs (you may bring dogs by prior arrangement but this is not required) and will be taught on a 1:1 basis for practical parts on each dog completing one dog from start to finish throughout the intensive hands-on lessons and this will be backed up with theory and learner journal each lesson. The course will cover all the basic commercial pet grooming skills including: bathing, drying, dematting, clipping, ear & nail care and also covers handling and restraint, safe use of tools and restraints. The course starts with basic everyday commercial pet trims for popular breeds and then goes onto cover advanced grooming and styling including scissoring/thinning/handstripping and a wider range of commercial breed styling to enable a beginner to start grooming all breeds and learn how to adapt styles and techniques to suit all breeds in a commercial grooming salon to both owner/breed requirements. You will also cover salon management and equipment care and business start-up, equipment set-up, pricing etc giving you sample disclaimers and templates and 10 hrs online pet first-aid and cpcr training taught by vet Sophie Bell to gain the pet first aid qualification alongside the grooming qualification.

Qualification and assessment: Students will achieve OCNNI Level 3 Diploma in Commercial dog grooming, animal welfare and salon/business management on successful completion of the course and pet first aid and cpcr certification. Coursework involves building a portfolio of evidence of practical work throughout training and some short answer assignments no scary exams

Course fee: €6600 (starter pack included)


20 practical grooming lessons 

OCN NI Level 3 Diploma Qualification Commercial dog grooming & animal welfare & Salon management. 6 days exam, 4 days work experience.

Pet first-aid and cpcr certification

Membership of The Guild Of Pet Grooming Professionals on successful completion of the course with window sticker and use of APCG- Advanced Professional Certified Groomer Post nominal

Payment Plan:

2 installments can be made first one must be 7 days before the course start date and second payment will be no later than 3rd week after the course start date. 

OCN NI level 3  relevant to QQI Level 5 in Ireland.

Our Training Center is in association with IACC