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 to the Foundation Course?

Please bring along any equipment, tools and products (or pictures of them) so that we can have a look at them and discuss their merits. If you don’t have anything, please don’t worry as we will provide you with everything you need for this course!

Uniform: If you are not sure whether you will continue to the next level of training, then we do not require you to bring a professional uniform. You can borrow uniform from us which is not new but clean and disinfected or you can bring a spare top and trousers for yourself.

We also sell uniform at £10.00 for a set (top and trousers) – it is not the best quality but is adequate for the three day course.

However, if you would like to buy your own new uniform, please have a look at the links below or just Google “pet groomer uniform”. We would advise you to buy only one outfit to begin with.

https://www.technogroom.co.uk/catalog/for-the-groomer-groomwear-c-60_12.html

https://www.christiesdirect.com/en/Grooming-Clothing/c-103.aspx

https://www.groomers-online.com/professional-c1/workwear-c2/womens-c587

Shoes: You are required to wear flat, comfortable shoes which cover the tops of your feet for your own protection.

Notebook:  Please bring a pen and notebook so you can take notes and refer back to them. There is a lot of information to take in. A folder with punched paper and dividers is a good idea, so that you can break the information into specific subjects.

Laptop: If you are staying in a hotel whilst on the course, we think it is a good idea to bring a laptop with you if you have one, in order to type up and store your course work and notes if you want. Of course, you can also store them on a computer later on if you need to.

While you are attending the Foundation Course you will have the opportunity to see, touch and discuss what kinds of equipment, tools, materials, products, uniform, shoes etc. work best and that you need to buy. Please don’t worry, you will be provided with all the information on what to buy and where to buy!

Cameras and Mobile phones: Please note that we have a strict policy that no pictures or videos are allowed to be taken while you are on the Foundation course. Pictures may be taken by your tutor, at your request.

Food & Drink: We provide tea and coffee, milk and biscuits during your time on the course. However, we encourage you to bring your own lunch and drinking water. If you have specific food requirements please bring them with you, as we cannot cater for all needs.

What do I need to bring with me to the Intermediate, Advanced and Master Level Courses?

Uniform: You are required to have your own uniform and we advise that you have two sets so you can change when required.

Shoes: You are required to wear professional shoes.

Tools: You are required to bring your own professional tools. Following your Foundation Course, you will know now what to bring. Equipment materials and products will be provided until the end of the course.

Notebook:  Please bring your pen and notebook so you can take notes and refer back to them.

Laptop: if you are staying in a hotel, we encourage you to bring your laptop, if you have one, so you can do your homework.

Cameras and Mobile phones: You will be encouraged to ask your tutor to take as many pictures as possible for your portfolio. You may prefer to bring your own camera rather than a phone, if you wish. Please keep in mind that it would benefit you to have as many pictures as possible for your business, so please ask your tutor to assist you! In return we will ask you to provide our school with 5-6 of the best photos of yourself in training.

Food & Drink: We provide tea and coffee, milk and biscuits during your time on the course. However, we encourage you to bring your own lunch and drinking water. If you have specific food requirements please bring them with you, as we cannot cater for all needs.

Please make sure you take care of yourself and eat and drink when you need to. Do not hesitate to speak to your tutor.

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:

https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/454/london-chigwell-hotel?utm_source=google&utm_medium=GHA_Organic&utm_campaign=GHA_London%20Chigwell&WT.tsrc=GHA_Organic

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.