Certificate in Dog Grooming

Do you love dogs? Want to to learn how to groom them? Fulfil your lifelong dream by joining this one of a kind Certificate in Dog Grooming.
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NZD$263.94 RRP $422.94

Quick Facts

  • Study for Just $25 a Week
  • Unlimited Access
  • Certificate
  • Expert Mentor
  • Videos and Quizzes
  • 86 Students

Who's it for?

  • Individuals interested in a career as a dog groomer
  • Individuals looking to sample dog grooming as a career, but not yet ready to commit to starting a business
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Lifetime Access

Receive unlimited lifetime access to your course. Unlike other online courses, we won't charge you expensive extension fees, instead we give you the flexibility to truly study at your own pace. Even after graduating, you can refer back anytime.

  • Unlimited lifetime access
  • No expensive extension fees
  • No deadlines
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Course Overview

This online certificate in dog grooming is the perfect starting point for anyone considering a career as a dog groomer. 

Designed for those passionate about dogs, there is nothing like learning a new skill, especially when it means you can finally pursue that lifelong dream.  Whether you are looking for a complete career change or want to learn to groom your own dogs, this certificate in dog grooming is your first step. 

  • Includes first 6 modules of our dog grooming diploma
  • Aimed at those considering a grooming career but unsure if it's the right path for them
  • An affordable entry point into dog grooming studies

Which course is right for me?

We aim to offer everyone the opportunity to follow their passion and study dog grooming.  Whether you want to test the waters or are ready to jump straight into setting up your business, we have an option to suit.

For those that want to start a dog grooming business, our dog grooming diploma or dog grooming bundle will be the most suitable courses.

" This course is great as it covers more topics and information related to dog grooming than any other course on offer. I feel that I will have a broader knowledge of what issues and problems that I will come across during my learing process and into my career in dog grooming, and because of that have better know how in dealing with what situations arise."

Social learning

We are sharing with you a lifetime of knowledge, based upon many years of canine experience and qualifications, all at your fingertips.  All of our dog grooming courses have been designed to build the same skills as if you were physically attending a classroom course. Online learning, like everything else, has varying standards. Some courses will send you information then a set of questions to answer and that's it. You are expected then to go out into the world as an expert in your subject, which we realise can be pretty terrifying.

Be our next success story!

Whether you plan to open a salon or set up a mobile business is entirely up to you. We've seen hundreds of students achieve their dreams, embarking on careers as professional dog groomers. Check out some of our students work and their stories in our gallery.


All of our dog grooming courses are broken down into easy to manage interactive modules, including video tutorials and interactive activities.  Written and mentored by an expert groomer you will learn hands-on dog grooming skills from the comfort of your own home.  You will be free to access your course 24/7, studying at your own pace wherever and whenever you like.  Even better, we give you lifetime access so you will always have your course to refer back to.

Our certificate includes the first 6 modules of our larger dog grooming diploma.  After graduating you can then choose to upgrade to our full diploma, completing the remaining 6 modules, assessments and practicals.  

Module 1: Equipment and Tools

  • Grooming kits
  • Combs
  • Shedding aids
  • Nails and teeth
  • Shampoos, conditioners and deodorants
  • Haemostat
  • Grooming tables
  • Bathing area
  • Drying area and equipment
  • First aid kits

Module 2: Dog Handling, Behaviour and Body Language

  • Essential breed knowledge (breed groups)
  • Dog training
  • Canine communication 
  • Calming signals
  • Positive handling
  • Handling aggressive or fearful dogs
  • Canine first aid

Module 3: Canine Anatomy, Disease and Disorders

  • Canine Anatomy
  • The skeleton and muscle structure
  • Parasites
  • Zoonosis
  • Disease awareness
  • Bacterial and viral infections
  • Skin disorders

Module 4: Pre-Grooming, Bathing and Nails

  • Essenetial health check steps
  • Preparing for the bath
  • Corded, double, silky, smooth, wire, wool coats
  • Head shaping
  • Ear cleansing and plucking
  • Nail clipping and tipping
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Pas trimming

Module 5: Drying, Scissoring and Styling

  • Coat type and behaviour
  • Mixed breed dogs
  • Blast drying the coat
  • Cabinet drying
  • Stetch drying
  • Silk coat
  • Fluff drying
  • Smooth drying
  • Scissor and clipper necessities

Module 6: Professional Styling, Clipping and Stripping

  • The spherical head
  • The egg shaped head
  • The rectangular head
  • Body shapes
  • Scissoring
  • Feathering
  • Clipping
  • Undercarriage hygiene clip
  • Ear clipping
  • Puppies and older dogs
  • Hand stripping
  • Carding

Who's the instructor?

Hannah Grice

Hannah is the owner and head groomer of her own boutique grooming business "The Dog House", which she initially started from her garage until outgrowing the space and moving to a commercial property. Hannah has an extensive list of credentials inc... Read more

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What do others think?

‘I have been grooming my own two dogs for years and decided to do the Certificate in Dog Grooming course. So glad I did as I've learnt so much during from the course including breed types, shapes, grooming techniques and so much more. correct technique’

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The Learning Environment

From the moment that you enrol in Certificate in Dog Grooming you will become an integral part of our learning community. You will experience the perks of classroom studies such as chatting by the water cooler or sharing your opinion on a specific task, all in your own home.

Tutor support during your learning is flawless, friendly and encouraging. You will learn from your professional tutor who is not only knowledgeable and highly skilled but is a passionate industry expert. Our ethos is that if you succeed, we succeed. As with any studies, learning can be intense, yet you will soon realise that your hard work and commitment will be both personally and professionally rewarding.

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With Vibe Learning we believe that education should be accessible to anyone who wants to learn. That's why we offer some of the most competitive prices in the industry. Investing in your future is a smart choice and doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you choose our money saving upfront prices or flexible payment plans, studying is accessible to you.

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We are real people, providing real support every step of the way. When you study with Vibe Learning, you'll benefit from learning from professional, knowledgeable and most of all passionate industry experts.

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We offer a range of options from short 6 week courses through to extensive 12 month courses. Whatever your personal or professional goals, studying online with Vibe Learning provides a rewarding life changing experience which is well within your reach.

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