cat grooming qualifications

Cat Grooming Qualifications

Our experienced team of Cat Groomers can provide a range of courses no matter your skill set. We provide training to both pet owners and professionals.

Cat Grooming Qualifications

Have a look through our qualifications below and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Our cat grooming courses are designed to suit everybody. Whether you are thinking about starting your own business, diversifying your current dog grooming business, or gaining employment in a salon, we have a qualification for you. In order to get the best head start in the industry, we recommend the iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Cat Grooming and Salon Management qualification.

The iPET Network qualifications are nationally recognised, regulated by Ofqual and are on the UK educational framework. The Diploma qualification runs over 15 days practical learning (14 days of style in the school and 1 day of Feline First Aid) with additional theory work in an online portfolio to be completed at home. You do not need any prior experience to start this course or to have completed another level course first. Alternatively, we also run shorter qualification courses of 3 or 6 days.

The Level 3 Diploma Qualification course gives you the most skills practise and you will leave with in-depth knowledge of each breed style, feline first aid, customer care, salon health and safety, business management and much much more.

Our cat grooming courses are flexible for the learner and practical lessons can be arranged to suit. Cat grooming is carried out on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays so you can easily access these courses in blocks of three.

An online induction takes place before you start where we will make sure you have everything you need to start the online lessons and your questions will be answered. Tutor assistance is available throughout your course.

Please look through the pages and if you have questions email us at

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ipet approved


iPET Network Level 3 Award in an Introduction to Cat Grooming.

Practical: 3 Days at Absolutely Animals.

Theory: 2.5 days of online lessons from home and an online portfolio to complete.

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.

£1,228 Inc. VAT


cat grooming certificate

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

Practical Days: 6 days.

Theory: 6.5 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.

£2,020 Inc. VAT


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

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

The Feline Emergency First Aid

This iPET Network Level 3 Award in Feline Emergency First Aid is perfect for owners and professionals alike who want to be prepared should a pet need emergency treatment. The qualification covers the most commonly faced feline needs, such as how to treat injuries, dressing wounds, allergic reactions, stings, poisoning, choking, seizures, CPR, hypothermia, and much more.

Course Length: 1 Day

Feline Emergency First Aid Date: Wednesday 26th October 2022

 £250 Inc. VAT

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2-8 week courses, every Thurs, Fri, Sat.  (Award-5 days, certificate-10 days, Diploma-24 days + 1 Day First Aid).

Learn from industry-leading groomers, get hands-on experience in a salon and gain a City and Guilds dog grooming qualification.