Frequently Asked Questions

What certificate do I get?

You will receive the Cat Grooming School Certificate of Completion of Advanced Cat Grooming Level and the Master Cat Groomer level.

Please note that all our courses are in continuation progress towards the Master Cat Groomer certificate and therefore there will be no certificate awarded on Foundation and Intermediate levels.

There is no nationally recognized qualification in cat grooming industry at the moment, but we are working towards getting a national accreditation.

The Pet Industry Federation has produced a course of their own, called Competence in Cat Grooming. Some students have joined the Cat Grooming School following their training program and we have found them to be trained to the equivalent level of our Foundation – Intermediate Cat Grooming Course (Level 1-2).

You can find testimonials from these students on our website here.

How much and how do I pay for the course?

As soon as we receive your application form, we will send you an email confirmation and invoice with payment instructions. If you have any queries you can email or call us and a member of our team will be happy to help.

The Foundation module lasts for 3 days and costs £649.00
The Intermediate module lasts for 3 days and costs £699.00
The Advanced module lasts for 12 days and costs £2796.00
The Master Cat Groomer module lasts for 3 days and costs £1499.00

Which course is right for me?

Our cat grooming course has four stages of progress towards the Master Cat Groomer certificate.

The Foundation module is aimed at students with little or no experience of working with cats. If you think you have more than basic knowledge or have experience working as a groomer, but are unsure which course would enhance your understanding, we also provide an opportunity to demonstrate your level of expertise with a written assessment and a practical exam. This assessment takes place at the Cat Grooming School and lasts up to 4 hours, costing £120. There are no set dates for these assessments, so please call us direct to set up a day and time.

It is advisable you bring your own cat and equipment. However, if this is impossible we are able with advance notice to provide you with a cat and equipment for an additional fee of £50.

I work full time, do you do part time courses?

We understand that taking time off work and juggling family commitments can be difficult. For this reason we are happy to work with you to produce a specially designed course structure to meet your requirements. Just call or email us and we can discuss your options.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring along everything that you already own at the start of the course. If you don’t own anything yet, that is ok – we can lend you everything you need in the beginning.

Shoes: please wear flat, comfortable shoes which cover the tops of your feet.

Uniform: If you already have a uniform please bring it with you. If you don’t have one, don’t worry. We will advise you on what you need to buy during the course, so that you end up with your own things.

Tools: Please bring any brushes and other equipment that you already own, but don’t worry if you don’t own any as we have all the equipment you need to use at the School.

Laptop: If you have one, you will need to either have a laptop to bring with you, or have access to a computer later in order to type up and store your course work and notes if you wish so.

We think it is important that we give you all the advice we can when you arrive so that you can see for yourself and know how to recognize the best and most appropriate tools and uniform for you when you buy.

Can I buy equipment at the Cat Grooming School?

We do sell the equipment, products, uniform and materials that we use at the School, and offer a number of discounts for students. However, you are not obliged at all to buy from us and our advice is completely impartial. If we don’t have something you need we can give you a supplier list.

Can I bring my own cat?

It is not a problem if you’d like to bring your own cat on one of the training days, please let us know in advance. However, the course requirements state that you must learn to groom a variety of different cats so that you can learn the skills to deal with cats that you are unfamiliar with. You will be provided with two or three cats per training day.

Is there any reading I can do before the course?

It is advisable to read two books and watch 2 DVDs published by Cat Grooming School before you arrive but it is not essential.

Accommodation and Travel information

You will be studying in Pet Universe Cat Grooming Salon, Clayhall branch which is based in East London at 51 Atherton Road, Clayhall, Ilford, Essex IG5 0PQ. Our surrounding areas: Chigwell, Gants Hill, Barkingside, South Woodford. Ilford is about 20 minutes away by bus.

Many of our students come travel a long way, but fortunately there are some nice hotels and bed & breakfast places nearby – please see the links below:

These properties below are within 20 -30 minutes walking distance, or pick up and drop off can be arranged from the following hotels for a small fee.

4* Prince Regent Hotel, Chigwell:

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Travelodge:

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Please note that we aren’t responsible for the hotels, and it is up to you to make all bookings and handle payments.

If you come by car, there is free private parking available at the Cat Grooming School.
The Cat Grooming School is easy to access from the A12, the North Circular and the M11. Coming via public transport, we are based in east London – the nearest station is Gants Hill (Central Line, Zone 4). Bus number 123, 179, 169 will bring you to the School.