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Why Train with Us?

Ashgate Grooming Academy was first opened in 2020 by Gemma Langford and Jacky Ash and is based in a beautiful location overlooking the Somerset Levels. Run as part of our busy grooming salon, our students get to train in a safe, happy environment that reflects grooming in the real world.

Gemma has been grooming since 2013 and she began teaching in 2019. She quickly fell in love with helping students to achieve their career goal and being part of the journey into the industry. She holds a valid teaching certificate and is currently studing for the Higher Diploma in Professional Dog Groomer which will entitle her to belong to the Guild of Master Groomers.

Jacky holds the Diploma in Dog Grooming, KC Points of the Dog and breed specific qualifications for WHWT and Scottish Terriers and has a wealth of experience in teaching students. As a handstripping specialist, Jacky has trained many groomers and owners showing their dogs around the world.

When you train with Ashgate, you will receive full support throughout your course and beyond.
In order to stay current within the industry we host and attend seminars, workshops and enter grooming competitions and all seminars and workshops are available to our students.

The Open College Network L3 Diploma in Dog Grooming was launched in January 2017 by The Open College Network West Midlands. This new qualification was introduced to be an alternative route from the City & Guilds. The Open College Network West Midlands qualification is the same level as the full Level 3 Diploma by City & Guilds. Both the City & Guilds Diploma and the new Open College Network West Midlands Diploma are both regulated by Ofqual and are both the only two qualifications on the National Educational Framework.

What we like about the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming:

Firstly, there is no need to complete a lower level qualification first, for example the C&G L2 or the C&G L3 Introductory qualification. With the Open College Network West Midlands you can go straight on to the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma.

Secondly, there are no formal exams or assignments. Rather than sitting exams, which can be extremely daunting, the Open College Network West Midlands route will provide you with worksheets for each module. These questions will be answered in your own time and at your own pace. With full support from me, your assessor.

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 practical units of this qualification comprise of completing 10 breeds of dog in 15 different styles. This sounds daunting at first, however we believe that this way proves your skills on a greater variety of breeds and techniques. Any breed or cross breed can be used, as long as you show a good variety of techniques and skills.

Experienced Groomers:

We can offer a shorter course to groomers already working in the industry who want to take the qualification. With Recognition of Previous Learning (RPL) we will assess your current abilities and if you meet the criteria, we can help you to achieve your qualification in a condensed course. The RPL option is for anyone who is currently grooming 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 can arrange a mutually convenient date in which I can either travel to your salon or you can come to me in Somerset. I will bring your course folder and talk you through the qualification and the worksheets for each module. On this day I will then assess you on three of your 15 styles. These can be any three dog breeds that you chose. Please make sure these dogs are thoroughly bathed and dried and  all prep work is completed before the assessment. Once you have completed your initial day with me, 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 and videos. You have an unlimited amount of time to do this.

The final unit of the qualification is to complete one of our accredited first aid courses. These are held at venues around the country or you can come to me to complete this. I feel every groomer should complete an accredited first aid course, so this is something I hold separately also.

The RPL option for this qualification price will include a full course pack, all of your assessment fees, and a day with you in person to take you through the qualification and assess your three breeds, full support from me as you go through the qualification, your Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming certificate. The only part that is not included in the price is my expenses if you would like me to do your initial day in your own salon. If you come to me there is no extra cost.

Our canine first aid course is fully accredited by the Open College Network at level 3. This is currently the only recognised accredited course in canine first aid. On this course we like to use a combination of theory and practical based work. We have a state of the art CPR “casper” model to demonstrate resuscitation, CPR and the recovery position. The course also covers vitals, bandaging, first aid emergencies, fractures, poising, hemorrhaging and so much more. This course is suitable for both pet owners and industry professionals.

The cost of this course includes your Open College Network West Midlands registration, course materials and Open College Network West Midlands certificate.

See upcoming dates please call us on 01460 281528 or check our Facebook page

Any one who is either new to or reasonably experienced at Handstripping can benefit from this one day workshop.

This workshop will take you through the theory of wire coated handstripping. From the basics of coat growth all the way to the technique itself. We will discuss factors that affect handstripping, carding, rolling, equpment, after stripping care and the subject that has everybody talking – post grooming furunculousus.

The afternoon gives you the chance to handstrip a wire coated dog, either that we will arrange, or you can bring a breed of your choice with you. You will be helped throughout the afternoon and will receive a certificate of your achievement. We will happily advise you on which breed to handstrip, depending on your experience.

This course is available privately or in a group session so please ring to discuss the options available and which will work best for you.

We believe strongly in CPD for all Dog Groomers and we therefore offer bespoke 1-1 training and host/run Seminars on a regular basis

Our 1-1- training is tailor made to your individual requirements and could include a visit from us to your Salon to assist you with a particular dog groom that you are struggling to perfect.  Perhaps you would like to spend a day here with us, particularly if you are a lone worker, and be assisted in areas of grooming that you do not feel confident in

We also host and run seminars on a very regular basis and details of these can be found on our Facebook page or by calling us on 01460 281528  

We train on behalf of Peddymark.  This skill is a growing area of business for groomers and dog breeders.   Your course will take approximately 3 hours.  It is a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped and in 2022 it will become a requirement for cats to be microchipped as well.

80% of dogs have signs of dental disease by the age of 2.   Ultrasonic cleaning of dogs teeth from an early age will help prevent the build up of bacteria and plaque on teeth.   Learn to use the equipment safely and with confidence on our one day course.

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