Express Diploma For Groomers

Practical Skills Training Courses

Bathing and Salon Policies & Procedures - 8 Clock Hour Test Out
Grooming and Salon Policies & Procedures - 8 Clock Hours Test Out
Styling and Salon Policies & Procedures - 160 Clock Hours

Test Out Online Theory Courses

Salon for Man's Best Friend
Grooming Man's Best Friend
Styling for Man's Best Friend
Understanding Man's Best Friend
Form & Function of Man's Best Friend
Taking Care of Man's Best Friend
First Aid & CPR for Man's Best Friend
Who's Who for Man's Best Friend
Variations & Creations for Man's Best Friend

Program Objective

Upon completion of this Program, you will understand and be able to bathe, groom and style pets encountered in a dog bathing, grooming and styling salon in a compassionate, safe and gentle manner.

You will learn the following:

  • history of the dog, temperament and behavior and the basic training methods used to train dogs.

  • the external anatomy, integument, skeletal, muscular, digestive, reproductive, urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, and endocrine systems of the dog.

  • body types, skull types, head types, feet types, tail types, coat types and color types.

  • nutrition, disease and vaccinations, medical conditions and inherited disorders. The student will study internal and external parasites, first aid including CPR.

  • the different American Kennel Club (AKC) breeds, how to recognize the various breeds, their country of origin, the original task for which they were bred, and the approximate size and weight and coat color of each breed and the characteristics that are a "trademark" for particular breeds.

  • the basic salon design and layout, salon organization and sanitation, proper salon procedures, salon operations and client relations.


​Program Performance Objectives

You will learn the following technical procedures:

  • nail trimming, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, expressing anal glands, dematting, bathing, drying, combing, brushing, carding, hand stripping, clippering, scissoring and thinning.

​You will learn the following styling procedures:

  • creating shapes, balance and symmetry, basic pattern lines, pattern blending application and styling and finishing techniques for all coat types for mixed and purebred dogs.

​You will also learn the following salon procedures:

  • safe and gentle handling of the pet during all technical procedures

  • salon organization and sanitation

  • proper salon procedures

Previous bathing and grooming experience required. Students can have no handicaps, physical or otherwise, that could reasonably prevent the use of the knowledge or skills gained from the training offered for successful on the job performance after completion of the training. Student must have a High School Diploma or GED or complete and pass the "Ability to Benefit".

​Program 192 Clock Hours
Present Clock Hours Required 176
Allowed Absent Clock Hours 16
Time To Complete: 5 Weeks

Program Tuition and Fees

Application Fee: $50.00
Tuition: $2920.00
Total Application and Tuition Fee: $2970.00

​Tool Kit

$960.00 Plus Sales Tax - Available through A Fortunate Dog and Industry Catalogs


$50.00 plus sales tax - Available only through A Fortunate Dog 

Model Dog & Paw Mat

$193.95 plus sales tax - Available only through Nash Academy. Order online or purchase when you arrive at your practical application location.

​Online Books

9 Online Virtual Books - Included in Program Price. No additional fee to students in the program.

​Printed Books

Student Workbook - No fee to students in the program.
Student Safety Guide - No fee to students in the program.

Online Reference Material

Groomers Reference - No fee to students in the program. - No fee online website reference.

This program provides you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to gain employment as a professional dog bather, groomer and stylist. ​Many of our graduates open their own salon or purchase a mobile van immediately after graduation. You complete the nine theory based courses while attending your practical application onsite courses. All online courses are read and test out.

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