A few times a year one of the most talented dog groomers and teachers in the world, comes to visit UK from her school in Korea, where she teaches classes of up to 40 students, what we in England call "Asian Fusion" .

Here at riverside school, we  are so lucky because she will often pop in and demonstrate her amazing talents or help our advanced learners.

We also host some of the most renowned professionals in the industry delivering days such as fusion seminars and workshops.

Just one or two of the many perks of being a learner here.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates from our up coming June 2019 Seminar.


A fun time had by all students and clients. (Woof)


Study to gain industry recognised Level 3  qualification for only £1679. Secure you place before end of this monnth.

How to register your interest

Contact our trainers direct

Speak to a trainer today at our dog grooming school on 0161 670 8935 to discuss your needs or contact us through this link

Receive a recommendation

We all know who City and Guilds are its an age old awarding organisation. Most people call under the illusion that they are the best.

If a qualification has been awarded a level 2,3,4 or 5 or so on and is Ofqual and QCF regulated their kudos is the same standard and it is just a different awarding organisation. Please do not be fooled by this myth.

Get the right dog grooming course that meets your needs.

Book your dog grooming course in Sale

Booking is easy, you will need to select your start date and contact our office request the date, a small deposits is r required to confirm the booking of your dog grooming course then we will send you all documentation and payment terms (we can offer advice on funding options available for our dog grooming courses).

OCN Diploma in Dog Grooming


Fully Qualified Groomers and Fully Qualified Teachers

All of the teaching team at the dog grooming school have the highest dog grooming qualifications, with many years experience, and each tutor is a qualified teacher or undergoing a mentor programme to become qualified to teach. Therefore, each person assisting with courses possess the skills that will meet your needs as a learner. 

We believe that our courses offer the best value for money that it is possible to give. Our dog grooming students are trained to trim and style dogs and not, as we see far too often today, to simply sheep shear off the coat and leave every breed of dog looking the same as the next!  

Our teaching students are taught to empathise with the individual and to recognise and learners needs. Giving the future teachers the basic skill primarily to deliver amazing learning experiences that can be passed on to their future classroom.

Creative fusion

We quite often like to adopt breed style as we know the styles are important to the dog for many reasons, so we adopt this important breed specific style and adapt it to cutsie pie it up a little. These are the tricks  that our friend, Jin, demonstrates to us when she is in town.

"Hurry up back Jin"

OCN & ABC Awards Prestigious Certificates and Diplomas

Level 2 Certificate in Dog Grooming

Aimed Mainly at the newcomer or apprentice to the dog grooming industry with little or no knowledge or  working experience in dog grooming, who wants to learn the basic preparation skills needed in a dog grooming salon. 

This nationally accredited courses  involve compiling a portfolio of work (assessments and assignments)

Learners will complete :

  • Basic trim of a dog
  • Bathing and cleaning dogs
  • Cleaning and maintaining equipment used for grooming or removing hair from animals
  • Controlling and restraining animals
  • Drying dogs and preparing their coat for styling
  • Preparing and grooming dogs prior to bathing
  • Carrying out reception duties
  • Handling payments from clients
  • Maintaining the cleanliness and bio security of the animal care working environment
  • Moving animals between locations
  • Welcoming, receiving and caring for visitors to sites
  • ABC awards are an awarding organisation whose courses are QCF and Ofqual regulated and quite often elidgable for funded assistance.

Our own Professional Dog Stylist Diploma

Students wishing to follow a career in the dog grooming industry will find that our Professional Dog Stylist Diploma Course will provide the practical aspects of the initial  level 2  qualification, along with a wider knowledge of practical grooming and styling application across a wide range of groomed breeds of dogs.
By training on both the Diploma course and the Level 2 Certificate  our students have one of the soundest bases that is available  for commencing a dog grooming career.

OCN Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma

 The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is a flexible and thorough qualification that will prepare learners to carry out practical grooming and care of dogs. Learners will gain knowledge of potential health issues for dogs and skills in canine first aid.

The training is flexible with immaculate attention to detail and the balance between theory and practice reflects the current and future of the grooming industry.

Objectives of the qualification

This qualification can be used flexibly to meet learner needs. Depending on the context of the learning and the needs of each individual learner, the qualification can:

  • prepare individuals to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding;
  • prepare learners for employment; 
  • support a supervisory role in the workplace; 
  • encourage engagement in learning.

This qualification has been designed to enable learners to:

  • Access a holistic approach to training; 
  •  Work practically with dogs; 
  • Gain canine first aid skills;
  •  Increase communication skills for working with dogs and their owners; 
  • Gain skills to work with different breeds of dog.

Entry requirements

Learners need to have a level of understanding to be able to work at Level 3. There are no other entry requirements.

Learners Will Cover in depth

  •   Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work 
  • Canine First Aid
  • Carry Out Styling and Finishing of  Dogs
  • Health Checking 
  • Promote and Maintain the Health and Well- Being of Animals
  • Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers
  • There are many ways to develop oneself professionally and lots of people feel more achieved with a Level 3 qualification on the wall or indeed a degree level qualification in their industry of choice or passion. The Level 3 OCN Dog Grooming DIploma offers the opportunity for professional development onto higher level qualifications in the animal care or other industries, continuing study possibility to level 4 and above.
  • The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is accredited by Ofqual.

  Level 3 qualification will require the  following skill enhancements and will be delivered over a minimum of 270 guided learning hours or 30 days practical and 10 days Theory minimum with us.  

There is a total qualification time expectancy of a further 113 hours consisting of hours spent in preparation, study and assessment practices also. 

Health and safety, legislation and Codes of Practice for the Dog Grooming Industry

  The purpose of this unit is for learners to demonstrate their knowledge of animal welfare and associated legislations to enhance the welfare of the dog under their care. 

The learner will also gain knowledge of health and safety legislations to protect themselves as dog groomers, their fellow workers and clients. 

The learner will carry out skills to demonstrate the correct use of PPE, waste disposal, cleaning, housing dogs at the grooming environment, along with the preparation of regularly updated risk assessments. 

This unit is fundamental to the running of a grooming environment, to ensure the safe working practice of groomers and the dogs in their care. 

It allows learners to develop knowledge and practical based experience to minimise risk levels on a day to day basis.

The course covers:

Animal based legislation and regulations:

  •  Animal Welfare Act 2006 (incorporating the Five Animal Welfare Needs) 
  • Dogs Act 1871 
  • Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs 
  • Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (amended 2014) 
  • Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 
  • Animal boarding Establishment Act 
  • Clean Neighbourhood and Environmental Act 2005 
  • Micro-chipping of Dogs Regulation (England) 2015 
  • Groomer health and safety legislation and regulations 
  • Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974
  • PPE Regulations 2002 
  • COSHH 
  • Environment Protections Act 1992
  • Control Waste Regulation 1992
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005 
  • Provisional Use of Work Regulations 1992  
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1982
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992  
  • Employment Act 2010 
  • Manual Handling Operations 1972  

Styling and finishing a dog

What is this unit about? 

The purpose of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills  required to carry out styling and finishing techniques using various trimming methods ensuring the  methods are suitable for both the dog and the client. 

The learner will also gain knowledge of various hand and electrical equipment and tools and demonstrate their safe use, maintenance and storage.  

This unit continues to embed high levels of animal welfare and safe working practices to ensure a safe environment for the dog, groomer and the customer.  

Health checking and handling a dog in a dog grooming environment

What is this unit about? 

The purpose of this unit is to allow the learner to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills required to care for a dog within the grooming salon.  

The learner will gain basic canine anatomy and  physiology knowledge and be able to discuss methods to minimise risks and improve levels of animal welfare based on the individual requirements of the dog.  

The learner will be able to recognise normal and abnormal behaviours demonstrated in a range of breeds/temperaments/ages and be able to adjust grooming regime accordingly.  

The importance of ongoing health checking is emphasised  throughout this unit allowing the groomer to modify techniques and grooming methods.  

This unit continues to embed animal welfare and high standards of health and safety, through behavioural observations, suitable handling and restraining techniques and using the appropriate personal  protective equipment (PPE).  

Customer service and record keeping in a dog grooming environment

What is this unit about? 

The purpose of this unit is to allow the learner to develop their experience with dealing with clients and understanding the importance of excellent customer service skills. 

This unit focuses on the administration aspect of the dog grooming salon and provides the learner with practical experience with managing the paperwork and dealing with financial matters. 

Please contact us for more information.

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Riverside Dog Grooming Courses

21 Little Ees Lane, Sale, Manchester, M33 5GT,Great Britain United Kingdom

0161 670 8935


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm Saturday: By appointment Sunday: Closed