Cat Grooming Diploma

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Learn from industry-leading groomers, get hands-on experience in a salon and gain an iPet Network cat grooming qualification.

What is the diploma qualification?

Diploma Qualification Guide Book

The qualification is designed for candidates who wish to gain the skills and knowledge to prepare, style, and finish a range of cat breeds; understand health and safety in a cat grooming salon; practise business management, and gain skills in feline emergency first aid. The course is delivered over a minimum of 15 days of practical training at Absolutely Animals, with an additional 18.5 days of online lessons from home and an online portfolio that meets the 267 guided learning hours.

Personal instruction from Heidi Anderton will be part of the online lessons.

This NEW qualification in the canine and feline sectors has been developed by iPet Network. Over the period of 15 days, you will groom at least 20 cats, including a minimum of 8 different breeds, covering 4 different coat types, but often many more. There are no prerequisites to starting the qualification, meaning you can join at level 3 without having completed a lower-level course first.

Students will be trained in practical skills such as prepping, bathing, scissoring, clipping, styling, and nail trimming on a variety of cat breeds.

What is included in this qualification?

The units included within this qualification are:

324: Health and Safety in a Cat Grooming Environment

325: Promote the Welfare of Cats in Conformity with Relevant Legislation

326: Customer Care and Managing Complaints

327: Evaluate and Plan Cat Grooming Styles and Equipment Maintenance

328: Health Checking, Handling, and Feline Behaviour

329: Prepare, Style, and Finish a Range of Cat Breeds

330: Planning the Operation of a Small Animal Business

332: Feline Emergency First Aid

Candidates are continually assessed via practical demonstration and coursework. There is no requirement to sit a formal exam in order to achieve the qualification. iPet Network has designed the qualification to have an excellent balance of theoretical and practical learning. Absolutely Animals wants to take the pressure out of adult learning, and we can adapt to suit your learning style. Our aim is to improve industry standards by ensuring you walk out of our school fully qualified, confident, and competent.

The iPet Network Level 3 Diploma in Cat Grooming and Salon Management will demonstrate to an employer or the general public that candidates have the necessary technical skills and knowledge to successfully groom a range of cat breeds. This is a formal, regulated, nationally recognised qualification that will remain relevant throughout the candidate’s career and can only be achieved by reaching the required skill level. It has been designed specifically for those looking to become professional cat groomers or those who already groom cats (as a hobby or career) but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification. This approach and elements are unique to our course syllabus, making the qualification a more rounded and robust qualification.

A fast-track option is also available for experienced groomers seeking a formal qualification to confirm their skill level or those who have undertaken other qualifications but see the benefit of gaining the iPet Network qualification.


cat diploma

iPet Network Level 3 Diploma In Cat Grooming and Salon Management

Practical Days: 15 days.

Theory: 18.5 days of online lessons from home and an online portfolio to complete at your own pace.

Personal instruction from Heidi Anderton will be part of the online lessons.

Additionally, there is direct access to a tutor and a WhatsApp group for asking questions.

£3.788 Inc. VAT

iPet Network Level 3 Diploma:
In Cat Grooming and Salon Management - 15 Days:

iPet Network Level 3 Award in an introduction to Cat Grooming

iPet Network Level 3 Certificate in Cat Grooming and Introduction to Styling

iPet Network 3 Diploma in Cat Grooming and Salon Management

The Certificate and Diploma Can Be Fast Traced For Experienced Groomers Only

What Our Students Say...

Customer Review
Hollie Thynne 2015

“I loved the time spent grooming cats, learning how to safely bath cats and trim them so that they look like a new feline. Also i liked the booklet and how much more the course has taught me and extended my knowledge on cats themselves and their behaviour, welfare and on holding techniques. Nice being able to learn with other people and make new friends in the process. It has helped me gain confidence in grooming cats and i will definitely come back to do more. Thank you.”
Customer Review
Julia Holmes 2013

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt new skills and confidence in handling our feline friends. I was amazed how calm the cats were throughout the process. There was little or no signs of distress and most actually enjoyed their experience. All the cats looked amazing once they had finished their full groom. I was delighted to have passed the qualification after a week’s tuition and have now added this skill and service to my own grooming salon.” 
Customer Review
Sally Pallaris

“I’m Over the Moon!! “I’ve been searching for a professional cat grooming service for a long time, they are far and few between when it comes to grooming Persians. In the past Bubble has come home stressed, needless to say the groomer came out worse. My experience with Absolutely Animals from start to finish has been an absolute pleasure. Not only were they polite and treated my cat with the respect and delicacy she needed, they educated me into why and how I can reduce knotting. When I arrived to collect Bubble I was expecting her to have had to be shaved all over, however she was looking so beautiful and chilled. I was over the moon, but the icing on the cake was Absolutely Animals showed me a video of how she was handled, she was loving it, they’re techniques are second to none, they’ve just gained a long term customer every 8 weeks…..thank you!”
Luisa Stravino 2019

The cat grooming course was amazing and so hands on.  I was able to handle and groom lots of different breeds of cats and work with different temperaments.  I was trained to safely bathe, dry, clip and trim as well as shown how to judge situations, always having the cats best interests in mind.  The trainers wereprofessional, friendly and knowledgeable, showing me the best way to work in a supportive way.  I would highly recommend this course which I completed over eight days. I have finished feeling confident and exciting about cat grooming.
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Andina Treamer 2020

I have almost completed my Cat grooming course with Heidi and Kay. Having briefly attended another grooming course first and was feeling quite despondent by the whole cat grooming experience, I was recommended to book with Absolutely Animals. I spoke to Kay on the phone and explained I felt I was lacking in confidence due to the other course, she made me feel at ease about trying again. I highly recommend Absolutely Animals – Heidi and Kay were my teachers on the cat grooming, it was done in a calm, quiet, informative atmosphere, I have one more day to do to brush up on my clipping and if I / they feel I need another day I can book a flexible day with them. Heidi even let me have a practice clip on Prada her standard poodle!! To get a feel for clippers and to understand the correct pressure. I came home feeling more confident, less stressed and a feeling of yes I can do this as a chosen career. Thank you so much to both of you and Nicole! I will see you very soon.
Cat Grooming course at Absolutely Animals
Carol Wilson 2019

I am a dog groomer and I took the three day course on cat grooming at Absolutely Animals. I absolutely loved it! I had a great time and learnt loads. Staff have excellent knowledge on cat grooming and handling. I would advise anyone to take this course before starting to groom cats. I now feel confident and inspired to go out and groom cats safely.
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Margaret Marsh 2020

I have just completed day six of the Absolutely Animals, fantastic eight day intensive cat grooming course.  I arrived a novice and under the expert guidance and tuition of Heidi and Kay, I have gained a wealth of knowledge in cat behaviour and temperament, cat health and welfare, handing and all aspects of grooming, from bathing and drying to clipping.   The training is very hands on and I had the opportunity to hone my skills on a variety of different cat breeds and coat types. I also learned about the equipment needed to be a successful groomer and how to use and care for it correctly.  I even had the opportunity to undertake some dog grooming which gave invaluable experience in clipping and scissor work.  I feel so much more confident in my ability now.  Thank you so much and really looking forward to completing my course in the not too distant future.
C Godfrey MA, B Vet Med, MRCVS 06/09/05

"This letter certifies that I have known Ms Anderton and her family for many years and have always found her to be a thoroughly reliable and very capable person. She most certainly has the ability and sense needed for setting up her own business and exercising her very useful skills as a groomer. Her work is always first class, and her ability at handling difficult animals is not short of remarkable. I am sure she will well repay any effort put into training her in business methods, and I am happy to be recommending her to my bankers as a sound prospect for them to back. On the practical side, we are able at this surgery to provide a good number of recommendations of her skill to our own clients, safe in the knowledge that they will be pleased with her work. This clinic will give her all the backing we can, and she will surely find her work well appreciated by others as well."