Nationally Accredited Level 3 OCN Dog Grooming Diploma only £1679 (Kits additional)

Crazy But True


A nationally accredited industry recognised qualification 

Absolutely crazy unbeatable price of £1679.00

Please do not think because our courses are vastly cheaper than anywhere else it means that we are no good at our job. Make no mistake we are great at our job we are one of the busiest schools in the North West.  Firstly we can offer these prices because we are a centre and can create our own prices. Our main aim is to ensure that learners leave us with the skills they set out to achieve. Put quite simply our learners do. We can connect you with previous learners or current learners that have experienced our service and gone on to great things some have even opened up schools abroad themselves, maintaining our support along the way.

This offer will not continue and the cost will resume to in excess of £3k as usual. Please talk to us before you decide it is too good to be true.

"We will not be beaten on price or quality of delivery".

 Expectations for our learners are very high.

Flexible learning hours in line with school policy.

(Kits seperate to course price)

What's the catch?

This offer has gone crazy, we have extended it for a short term.

Offer off the table 3pm 31st October 2019.

You can book your place for any month this year on this offer, just do it before the offer ends. 


This course is normally around  £3.5K.

Places for this offer can be secured with a deposit.

Limited places available.

Act fast to avoid disappointment

Dog Groomer Training Courses

Dog grooming Courses


One of our specialist areas is indeed dog groomer training. At our centre or dog grooming school we run a number of individually tailored dog grooming courses throughout the year. 

These can vary, from one  day courses to full on professional dog grooming courses that include practical dog grooming exams, practical assessments and even help building your theoretical portfolios. 

Making your transition from student to professionally qualified and nationally accredited qualified level 3 dog groomer is not as difficult or as expensive as some will lead you to believe.

 We do it all at Riverside Dog Grooming School.

Contacting us to speak with us about a structure that suits your needs.

 Not to mention the possibility of the location of these dog grooming courses or even to discuss our online and blended dog grooming courses which are very different to what you might expect and with our support really do work.

Chatting  to us is the only way to determine which one of them may be for you.

Specialist Dog Grooming, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking  Courses

One of our specialist areas is helping those already existing professional dog groomers working in the industry who are ready to formalise their skills with a nationally accredited ofqual  regulated qualification. This is what we simply call "Fast Track". If you would like to learn more about this option and you are already practicing as a professional in the industry  without an accredited qualification, please call and ask to speak to one of our course advisors, who can talk you through things step by step. It really wont break the bank or pull you away from your business.

No matter where you are in the world we can help you gain this industry recognised qualification, minimum downtime.

Distance or Home Based Learning

We also offer Level 3  distance/home based  learning with theoretical dog grooming courses. 

This course, when taken with us, can be tagged onto a practical Level 3 accredited Dog Grooming course at a later date and recognised as prior learning, if the student wishes to take the formal route. This entry is recognised  at a semi fast track pace,  enabling a more affordable and cost effective way to gain your Professional dog grooming qualification.

Other specialist dog grooming courses, including Asian Fusion, Creative, learn to groom your own dog and taster days are available to new comers, to industry professionals and dog owners.

Other courses can include ABC awards in possibly, dog walking courses at Level 2 and 3, or maybe even some City and Guilds courses, we can offer nationally accredited Pet Sitting Level 2 and Level 3 and of course Pet First Aid.

If it isn't mentioned here please do not hesitate to contact our dog grooming school and animal care college and speak to a member of our teaching staff,Just ask the question, whatever is on your mind," do you know of any (whatever you are interested in) classes near me",  I feel sure we can answer you.

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Nationally accredited dog grooming courses


In the past we have overseen delivery of many well known nationally accredited dog grooming courses such as OCN,  City and Guilds  and ABC. We can also offer learners any animal care qualification, such as Pet First aid courses along with, Level 2 and Level 3 dog walking and pet sitting or OCN behaviour and training. If you do not see mention of the course you would like to complete, drop us a line and we will always be happy to help. 

We teach learners from all over the UK and in fact worldwide, so do not be concerned about distance. Having a bank of highly recommended bed and breakfasts local to us that have been part of our integral assistance for almost 20 years.

 C&G is  a very broadly known awarding organisation by many learners in all subject areas in the  UK.  However, different industries have their preferred awarding organisations. For our industry the preferred awarding organisations for dog grooming qualifications and teaching qualification would be OCN and City & Guilds for UK Recognition and of course a prestigious non UK regulated industry qualification is the ICMG. Here at Riverside, we do not offer the ICMG but we have contacts in the industry who are renowned for teaching qualification and can connect you,  if you have gained a level 3 UK ofqual and QCF industry recognised qualification we would be happy to direct you to someone who will offer the ICMG tracking to professionally develop and enhance your dog grooming career. 

Considering other Animal care qualifications we would recommend an ABC award. Centres can build their own ABC award so with all our ABC animal care qualifications there is a strong element of dog grooming structured within them. Again, we are an ABC centre and can offer you any ABC animal care qualification along with the dog grooming too, however, it is our strong recommendation that if you wish to enter the industry professionally and are investing in a nationally accredited qualification then we feel your best options would be OCN and City & Guilds, the dog grooming and teaching qualifications we offer from these awarding organisations are Ofqual and QCF regulated and carry strength and  kudos with the industry. Meaning, whichever level stamp the qualification has been given then are precisely that level from an academic point of view. Just as a GCSE is a GCSE whether the awarding organisation is AQA or Edexcel, then, of course a level 3 is just that if they have been awarded that level, whether the awarding organisation endorsing it are OCN or City and Guilds or any of the others. Regulated qualifications at a particular level are of equal credibility within the standards awarded. Then to further enhance your qualification portfolio in within our industry we recommend the ICMG.

Taking this information into consideration it is a good idea to listen to your advisor and take the route they are suggesting as they will be aware which route is better for the industry you are entering into. But of course the final decision is yours.

Potential learners are strongly advised to give us a call and chat about the options available to them, when considering a career change or development in the dog grooming industry.There is so much information and so many areas that can become confusing a chat with a knowledgable human will give you a chance to gain a more in-depth insight to the options available. 




About Our Dog Grooming and Animal Care School

Fully qualified teaching staff overseeing all of our Animal care courses

No matter which animal care course you wish to complete, Whether it is one of our dog grooming courses or one of our pet sitting, pet first aid or dog walking courses our staff have been delivering OCN, ABC awards, City and Guilds & other nationally accredited qualifications since June 2000. All teachers are on hand to help you achieve the highest standards as you work towards your qualifications and new career.

Your success is very important to us and all our courses are tailored to your individual needs.

Our centre is a family owned establishment and we can therefore offer massive discounts on all of our top quality courses, we are happy to try to price match any of the courses we offer with any you may have found elsewhere cheaper. 

No matter which course whether it is The Award in Education and Training Level 3 or Level 4 or our own dog grooming or a Level 3 dog grooming or animal care course, all your training is held either at our head office training facilities in Manchester or at one of our hand picked training sites based across the UK. On that note you need to keep your eyes peeled and your ears pricked. In 2019 there will be an amazing new centre opening which will offer the full monty. All your doggy day to day care needs and all your vocational training needs for animal care and  pet first aid and accredited dog grooming courses. All this and much more!

 DOGZ CLUB might be just what you are looking for.

 Students travel to our dog grooming school from all over the North West and in fact the entire UK and abroad to attend our courses. However, if Manchester is too far for you call us or email us and simply ask the question " Do you know of any dog grooming, pet sitting, dog walking or pet first aid classes near me".

You never know we may be able to help you!

Whats new about us

We have a pet crematorium  here, we have had it here for a few years now. Offering individual farewell services for our beloved furbabies. This service enables our beloved pets to be back home with us, before the end of the next day, so 24hrs and they are home. Have a look at the website

 Our school name is relatively new, it was changed early last year due to a change in structure, but our centre and establishment owner isn't new and neither are the rest of our people. We have had a few changes and still some facelifts going on, along with the installation of great new and exciting things.

What like, did you say?

We are having a human spa installed on site so our pet owners can be groomed too!

Plans are being drawn up to pop a coffee shop on site so dog walkers, students and pet owners can have a biscuit and cup of tea or something while they wait for their pet to be returned to them.

So ..... It may take a while to get things finished, but we will keep you up to speed with with it all. 

How about your dog becoming a model ?

Why not call us today and tell us a little about your dog grooming or puppy grooming needs? 

Speak to a teacher or trainer who will be delighted to bring your darling dog onto our books in the appropriate slot, according to your dogs needs. 

Puppy grooming is always in demand, and it is best to get them onto the grooming table as soon as they have been fully vaccinated.  We strongly advise all pets are vaccinated as they can pick up a virus that can make him or her very poorly by simply being in their own garden. For this reason, we always ask our owners to be responsible and have them covered for any event. Particularly if they go to the park, visit dog or pet boarding kennels or they are frequenting a dog grooming salon.

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Riverside Dog Grooming School

21 Little Ees Lane, Altrincham, Sale, M33 5GT, United Kingdom

0161 670 8935


Monday - Friday: 9am - 3.30 pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed

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