OCN Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

Introducing the OCN Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming!

GroomArts is delighted to introduce the Open College Network (OCN) Level 3 Diploma! No matter your background or ambitions we can provide the resources to help you succeed with a smile on your face.

The OCN Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is an internationally recognised qualification. It is for those with no background in dog grooming looking to be fully qualified and start a new career with professional training - without the dread of sitting a final exam! 

This programme is based on full time attendance focusing on the practical skill of dog grooming. OCN recognises that assessment should be based on the practical skill of dog grooming, rather than placing emphasis on students' theory knowledge.

You do not need to have a Level 1 or 2 qualification in dog grooming to complete this course. To join us you must be over 16 with a positive attitude and a desire to be commercially focused and succeed.

This course takes a holistic approach to learning the skill of dog grooming, and you are primarily assessed on your practical ability. All assessment takes place on site and you have six theory-based assignments to complete during your course. We don't want you to be bogged down with theory work, so most of it is completed on our e-learning platform before you join us for the hands-on learning. For the OCN qualification there is no final written exam. 

The OCN Level 3 Diploma is perfect for those wanting to focus on the practical aspects of dog grooming and get stuck in with practical training.

What you'll learn

Canine first aid

Carry out styling and finishing of dogs

Health checking a dog by a dog groomer

Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals

Welcome, receive and care for customers

Assessing, planning and recording your dog grooming work

This full time course is designed for those that do not have a background working with dogs but are looking to pursue a career in professional pet styling. 

Ideally for those who are passionate about pets, serious about changing career or wanting to start a new business. Our award-winning tutors will guide you and build your knowledge, skills and confidence throughout your course.

This is a very intensive programme designed to deliver the best commercial results. You are required to book a minimum of one month in advance to give you sufficient time to access relevant material before you start the course. 

Whilst you're with us we support you in building your portfolio and completing your assignments. But best of all: this course has no final exam!

What you'll get

The confidence and skills to set up your own dog grooming business

Theory of 5 book by Melissa Verplanck to help with your shaping and styling

The Grooming Manual by Sue Dallas (electronic study version)

A professional GroomArts Academy certificate

An OCN Level 3 Diploma

A Wahl equipment bag

Assorted grooming tools

A personal learning folder


OCN’s guided learning hours for this course are 270 hours, which are spread across your online learning at home as well as your time in house with us. You will spend four weeks at our Academy doing the practical work where the hours are Monday - Friday 9am – 6pm.

What you'll need to bring

- Flat soled, comfortable shoes

- Relaxed clothing

- A notebook and pen

What you'll need to buy

We provide all your equipment for you to use during your course. We have scissors we can lend to you throughout your course but we would encourage you to purchase your own. You do not need to buy these before you join us, we carry a small range or we can recommend where you can buy them. We want everyone to have the best scissors that they can afford: you use your scissors every day so invest in them!

Take a sneak peak behind the scenes

Terence's story

After completing my course I was already fully booked with appointments for my first two weeks of business so literally hit the ground running straight away and it took off!

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Emma's Award Winning Level 3 Story

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