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OCN Level 3 Diploma Course

1) The Open College Network Level 3 Diploma - Fast Track for Experienced Groomers - Cost £1250  (scroll down for details)

2) The Open College Network Level 3 Diploma Course - Cost £4800 - *we can assist you with a payment plan for this course!

From September 2018 - we are happy to be able to offer you a brand new and prestigious qualification course. This new qualification was introduced in 2017 to be an alternative route to the City & Guilds. The OCN qualification is the same level as the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma . Both the City & Guilds Diploma and the new OCN Diploma are both regulated by Ofqual and are the only two recognised  qualifications on the National Educational Framework.The qualification will provide learners with an understanding of what is required when grooming different breeds of dogs, and the skills necessary to carry out dog grooming and salon management activities.

The Fast Track Option:- If you are already a dog groomer with experience but have no formal qualifications this could be your quickest route  to gain a recognised Diploma without the need to undergo further training. 

  • You will be able to demonstrate - with the use of such documentation as records, photos and witness evidence - that you have the required  number of hours bathing, drying and styling experience in dog grooming to meet a total of 280 hours. Witness evidence can consist of your own customers signing and dating photos of their dog/dogs to endorse your evidence of grooming, attendance certificates for continued professional development, seminars and refresher days etc.

You would only need to attend our training centre for an 'initiation day' in which you would be given your Learners Journal and work sheets - and we would talk you through everything you needed to do. If you needed to 'polish up' on any particular skills or breed styles you would have the option to attend our Improver Days to work with us to get you ready - (this would be at an additional cost - see Improver Course for details).  The only other thing you would need to attend to complete your Diploma is our accredited Canine First Aid Course (1 day - included in costs).

Cost for Fast Track £1250 - (inclusive of OCN Registration & Qualification, Initiation Day, Canine First Aid Qualification, Learner's Journal, Course Guides and Final Assessment and Certification).

OCN Level 3 Diploma Full Course:-

No Entry Level - unlike the City & Guilds Diploma course, there is no requirement to complete a lower level qualification first (eg. the City & Guilds Level 2) - you can go straight on to the OCN Level 3 Diploma Course without any previous dog grooming experience.

Units included within this qualification are:

  • Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work
  • Canine First Aid
  • Carry Out Styling and Finishing of a Dog
  • Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
  • Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals
  • Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers

The final unit of the qualification is to complete one of our accredited Canine First Aid Courses (1 day) and the date for this can be quite flexible and arranged nearer the time of completion.  

This is a mandatory 280 GLH (Guided Learning Hours) course. The first 140 hours are attended in a 4 week block (Mon - Fri) from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The remaining GLH can be flexible to suit your other committments and will include the 1 day Canine First Aid Course.

Cost for Full Course - £4800 - (inclusive of OCN Registration & Qualification, all Diploma Course Guides and Course Journals, all Documentation and Exams & Assessments and Final Certification).  

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