Cat Grooming Fast Track

Be an Achiever

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

An expert's qualification.

The iPet Network Level 3 Diploma in Cat Grooming and Salon Management, the iPet Network Level 3 Certificate in Cat Grooming and Introduction to Styling can be offered as a ‘Fast Track’ option. Your eligibility for the Fast Track route is based on your prior attainment and experience. You must demonstrate the following to prove eligibility for the Fast Track option of delivery:

-1 year’s experience in styling

Customer feedback and/or references from employers

Photos of a range of grooms

At Absolutely Animals, we know many experienced cat groomers would like to be able to say they are qualified and have their skills validated. The qualifications are assessed through coursework, which means you can complete the theory work remotely and a portfolio of grooms at your own pace, in your own time, whilst ensuring you have the skills needed to achieve your goal. The formal assessments can be completed remotely, avoiding the need to travel, ensuring the cats’ welfare and taking time out of your salon.

We pride ourselves on providing a great opportunity for experienced cat groomers to achieve Level 3 qualification status without the need to first complete a Level 2 qualification. This route is also ideal for those who hold a dog grooming qualification by iPet Network, City and Guilds or OCN but have diversified into cat grooming and want that recognition.

What fast track options are available?

There are fast track options here:

Option 1) iPet Network Level 3 Diploma in Cat Grooming and Salon Management-Complete your theory work and formal assessments remotely with your own cats. Your portfolio must demonstrate your ability to groom at least 20 cats, including a minimum of 8 different breeds, covering 4 coat types.

Option 2) iPet Network Level 3 Certificate in Cat Grooming and Introduction to Styling- Complete your theory work and formal assessments remotely with your own cats. Your portfolio must demonstrate your ability to groom at least eight cats, including a minimum of three different breeds, covering three coat types.

The prices above include all the elements needed to complete the course with no hidden extras. We have experienced assessors who are able to guide you through your journey to becoming qualified and get an Ofqual recognised qualification within the Canine and Feline Industry.

Please see the Qualification Guide Books are on the qualification pages.

Fast Track

cat grooming online fast track course

The Certificate and Diploma can be fast tracked for Experienced Groomers Only

Course Length: Variable – Assessed Remotely.

The requirements to fast-track are:

  • One year of experience in cat grooming
  • Customer feedback or references from employers
  • Photos of a range of grooms

You might want to talk to us about receiving further cat grooming training.

 Certificate £1,500  Inc. VAT

 Diploma £1,750 Inc. VAT

FAST TRACK - iPet Network Level 3 Diploma:
In Cat Grooming and Salon Management:

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.
cat grooming student
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.
cat grooming courses
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."