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Rascals of Woburn Grooming Academy proudly offer dog grooming courses from our newly equipped training academy, we are a City & Guilds approved training centre and have also obtained our SAI Global status... what does this mean? Rascals has been independently inspected by SAI Global Assurance Services to the Grooming Gold Standard. This Standard has been designed to give customers continued confidence about the animal care and knowledge of the groomers.

Our professional and friendly salon has all the latest grooming equipment for students to use, from Red Cape Hydro Baths, Tornado stand dryer, cordless Heinger clippers, a wide range of scissors from roseline to power and working.  

Here at Rascals we are very passionate about grooming and we want to teach students to become the best possible groomers they can be. Our courses are all bespoke and we cater to the individual's needs.

All students will have access to our dedicated state-of-the-art training academy complete with professional equipment and access to a variety of dogs on which to practice the techniques.



Rascals of Woburn One-day Taster Course

This one day course will give students an insight into what it would be like to become a groomer, and enable them to better care for their own dog.

The price for the course including a certificate from Rascals of Woburn Grooming Academy is £100.


Level 2 City & Guilds Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants (24-day course)

The City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants teaches basic skills required to work in a commercial dog grooming environment. It is aimed at students looking to have a career in the dog grooming industry, working for themselves or in an established salon. The Certificate is a standalone qualification but is also the prerequisite to the new City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming.

Students will learn about different grooming and styling techniques, health and safety and working with people and animals. As well as all of the above, students will learn the bathing, drying and grooming process on a vast amount of dog breeds, and will learn basic trimming on a small number of breeds.

We like to recommend that students bring a camera along to take pictures of their grooms, this enables them to see how much they have learnt in the 6 weeks, and it will be the basis for their individual portfolios, comprised of pictures showing before and after grooming styles.

To gain the Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants students will cover these areas:

  • Prepare and groom dogs prior to bathing

  • Bathe and clean dogs

  • Clean and maintain equipment used for grooming or removing hair from animals

  • Control and restrain animals

  • Dry dogs and prepare their coats for styling

  • Basic trimming of a dog’s coat

  • Maintain the cleanliness and bio security of the animal care working environment

The price for the course, including City & Guilds registration fees, assessment fees and multiple choice exam, is £3500.


Rascals of Woburn Advanced Certificate in Dog Grooming (24-day course)

Covering a comprehensive practical and theory-based schedule for those students who wish to start up a business on their own, feeling confident that they have the knowledge and grooming experience obtained at Rascals of Woburn Grooming Academy. We work in a relaxed and fun environment that aids in the process of becoming a qualified groomer.

The price for the course is £3500.


OCN Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma (approx. 25 day course)

The OCN Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is a stand-alone, RQF registered qualification and is equivalent to any other Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming on the market. It has been designed specifically for those looking to become professional dog groomers or those who already groom dogs but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification.

This qualification is an introductory qualification, however, the level of experience each student has will depend on the length of course they need, i.e., the amount of practical coaching they need to get them to the Level 3 OCN Standard. For experienced groomers wishing to gain the qualification we can tailor the dog grooming course to your needs. 

Students have 12 months to complete a Diploma in Dog Grooming qualification and must already have the Heavenlyz Level 3 Pet First Aid certificate (£99 + VAT).

After initial training students will need to demonstrate accomplished skills in coat preparation. Students will do this by bathing various coat types, drying appropriately per coat type and be able to demonstrate competent grooms on a minimum of 10 different breeds in a minimum of 15 different styles. Students training with Rascals of Woburn Grooming Academy will gain practical skills sufficient to be able to sit the final assessment.

Subjects covered within this qualification include:

  • Welcome, receive and care for customers
  • Health checking a dog
  • Assess, plan and record dog grooming work
  • Canine first aid
  • Carry out styling and finishing of a dog
  • Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals

Please ask for a price for this course.

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My time training at Rascals Training Academy was full of fun, laughter and learning. From day one, I was learning the correct techniques for bathing and drying dogs by getting hands-on myself and by day 4, I was already using clippers on a Cockapoo! I didn't really know what to expect when embarking on this journey, having never groomed before. However, any apprehensions I may have had were quickly forgotten thanks to the busy but relaxing atmosphere created by Katie, Leah and Aimee.

Without these three ladies, I wouldn't be grooming full time now to the standard I am and receiving the 5* feedback that I am either. I enjoyed the theory as well as the practical, as it was taught on a level that any person would understand, and they didn't over complicate things which made it feel much easier to comprehend. Thank you to the team at at Rascals for opening this new chapter in my life.



I approached Katie at Rascals Academy because I was looking to train as a dog groomer. Rascals helped me by providing a very busy, well organised, popular salon to train in. The team of Katie, Aimee and Leah helped me by sharing their expertise and knowledge with me, which empowered me to groom their customers dogs. This resulted in me achieving my City & Guilds qualification.

One thing I liked was their keenness to help me achieve my goal. I found the whole experience so enjoyable I didn’t want it to end! I would recommend Rascals Academy and the lovely team there to anyone wishing to start out in the dog grooming industry, or indeed anyone wishing to learn more. They are all very talented groomers.



I was the first student and I was really excited! I had no idea how intensive the 30 days would be and it was difficult learning to start from the beginning. Katie is a hard task master who will not settle for second best and, to be honest, I did not understand some grooming rules in the beginning - she kept saying that it would just click.  

The good thing about Rascals is that you have one-to-one tuition and it pays off. My grooming skills are much better as a result, as opposed to attending a grooming college in a large group. Listen to Katie, she is excellent and has lots of patience.

I have a small, select number of clients now. I groom at their homes, making the experience for dog owners less stressful as they can carry on with their lives, and due to Katie, I can carefully sculpt the dog's coat. The skills she has provided with the number of dogs available make the course a must! Katie had good business sense and she is still a valuable mentor.