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Dog Grooming Academy
Located in Petersfield

It's Time To Pursue Your Dream Career

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Bentleys dog grooming Training Academy offers comprehensive and innovative dog grooming courses in Petersfield, Hampshire. We have created a number of dog grooming courses which cover the requirements needed when becoming a dog groomer. Shelley is the main tutor at Bentleys and is passionate about helping people and sharing her extensive knowledge of luxury grooming and dog care.  With years of experience pampering pooches, her students are always left with an extensive amount of knowledge and skills to lead successful careers in dog grooming for themselves. So much so, many of Bentleys Dog Grooming Training Academy graduates are running successful businesses as qualified dog groomers. We offer the AIM Level 3 Diploma courses in Dog Grooming. (Formally known as Open College West Midlands)

Our courses cover bespoke pet styling techniques, changing customer expectations, online marketing, and the introduction of new dog breeds which is a new skill-set not previously taught in most training schools. The standard of our training matches the exacting standards of our very busy Salon and our students can be reassured they are receiving the most relevant dog grooming training to help them develop a successful career.


To complete the AIMLevel 3 Diploma course you do not need any previous dog grooming experience and you are not required to have completed any courses before attending.

Payment plans are available. Contact us to find out more 






1 day  - (10.00-16.00) - Weekdays only




This day is perfect for someone thinking of becoming a dog groomer. You will get to experience a busy salon environment first hand and see the academy in full swing.  


Spend the day in a friendly salon observing techniques such as bathing, drying, blasting, combing, and clipping. Meet the team and see the training academy. And most importantly, ask as many questions as you may have about becoming a dog groomer. 

AIM Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

(Qualification formally know as Open College Network West Midlands)

40 Practical training days plus home study

(Students can attend anything from 1-4 days

a week depending on your availability)

Weekdays only​


Monthly payment plans are available


The qualification is completed throughout 40 days in the training school plus home study, you will groom a huge variety of breeds and cover a large number of styles. 

You will receive a start up pack which includes the basic tools required to begin your grooming career with over £350.

This course will cover all aspects of grooming as well as business set up, pricing, social media, advertising and equipment. Everything you need to begin your career as a confident and knowledgable Dog Groomer.  


You will learn a variety of techniques and skills by grooming a large selection of different breeds from start to finish under our supervision. Throughout your course you will also complete salon experience days within our busy Salon where you will gain valuable hands on experience. 


This course covers all the below topics:

Basic dog anatomy, dog behaviour,  dog breeds and coat types, salon equipment overview, salon and equipment hygiene, grooming tools and equipment overview, and how to choose the correct tools for the job, management of dogs visiting the salon, pre-bath health checks and recognising and handling health problems, correct handling of dogs in the bath and on the table, hand bathing methods, choosing the correct products for different coats, ear cleansing & nail clipping, drying and brushing methods of different coat types, coat clipping and using attachment comb, basic scissoring of a variety of breeds, parasite control, practical experience grooming a variety of breeds, choosing the best cut for your canine client, breed standard styling, corrective grooming techniques, dealing with severely matted coats


Assessment criteria: Practical demonstrations and workbook completion. You will complete 3 grooming assessments under supervision.


AIM Level 3 Diploma for Experienced Dog Groomers

(Qualification formally know as Open College Network West Midlands)

Up to 2 years to complete

2 salon assessment days (yours or mine)


This option is for someone who has been grooming for a minimum of one year but: has no formal qualifications, has a level 2 qualification, or those wishing to take an alternative route.

Once you have enrolled on the qualification, we will arrange a mutually convenient date in which we can meet in person to talk you through the qualification and the portfolio. On this day or another date agreed you will be assessments grooming three different breeds. 

Once we have completed the initial call/meeting we can start to build a portfolio of the remaining grooms that you have completed in your salon. Evidence is required in the form of photographs. You have up to 2 years to do this.​

The price will include a full course portfolio , all of your assessment fees, and a day with you in person or via video call to talk you through the qualification and assess your three breeds, full support from your tutor as you go through the qualification, your AIM Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming certificate. The only part that is not included in the price is the expenses if you would like your tutor to do your initial day in your own salon. If you come to our salon there is no extra cost.



(10.00-14.00) Saturday or Sunday

From £250 for the day

A day in which our skilled tutors will guide you through the best tools and techniques to use to groom your own pet. We will create a foundation of knowledge needed to groom your dog. This is to ensure safety throughout. You will then put into practice this knowledge and then groom your dog from start to finish with the help of our tutors




(9.30-15.00) Weekdays only

From £120 a day


This course is suited to someone who has been working in the grooming industry but would like to additional tuition with styling techniques or breed styles. This course is bespoke depending on these requirements along with the number of days and price. Please contact us to discuss


Assessment criteria: Practical demonstrations  


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