How is private training different to public sector training?


Comparison Canis – Private Training Public Training such as a college
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants
Price High – £2950 Low – £896
Length of Course 20 full days (9am until 5pm), plus 8 days of work experience in our salon 20 half days (9am until 1pm)
C&G Guided Learning Hours – 183 required for average students to meet the criteria Canis provides 160 hours in the salon, leaving students to make up the remaining 23 hours during home study, reading, researching and writing assignments Public Providers in this area provide 80 hours in the grooming room, leaving students to make up the remaining 103 hours during home study, reading, researching and writing assignments
Ratio of students to tutor in class 3:1 maximum, often 1:1 12:1 is the norm
Supervision High level of supervision and guidance throughout the course, enabling students to pick up theory and practical skills more quickly, and for mistakes to be corrected quickly, consolidating good grooming practice and skills, and high standards of safety and welfare for both dog and groomer.  Students learn all the basics of bathing and brushing to meet the criteria, but there is a strong emphasis at Canis for students to carry out styling and finishing. Much lower level of supervision and guidance throughout the course, and inevitably less confident students will be eclipsed by other students who may be making faster progress.  Mistakes in the groom are not uncommon.  The basic criteria of bathing and brushing is delivered.  Styling and finishing is not a priority in this setting.
Lecturer Fully qualified dog groomer, holding City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma for Dog Grooming Stylists as well as Level 4 Higher Diploma modules, plus teaching and assessment qualifications.  Other professionally qualified/ award winning grooming staff on-site Qualified dog groomers are not employed to teach this qualification
Mix of dogs Commercial salon offering a wide range of breeds/types including spaniel and terrier handstripping for training purposes, and level 2 students would be involved on work on these grooms Non-commercial salon, open term-time only, and often dependent on staff dogs, with a lot of short-coated dogs requiring minimal grooming, therefore less practical grooming from which students can learn, and no one that grooms professionally to show the correct way in which to prepare or style, or to deal with handling issues around grooming
Quantity of Dogs Students work on at least 2 dogs per day, sometimes more.  Sometimes they would work with another student, but often one student would work on a dog alongside the tutor Frequently 4 students would work on 1 dog during the session, and the tutor would rotate around the salon
Equipment levels Course fee includes basic equipment pack for each student, and the salon uses a wide range of top-end equipment which the students use day to day.  Products in use for bathing and preparation of dogs all of the highest quality.  Extensive course notes provided based on thorough analysis of the qualification handbook and mapping to the essential criteria for assessment.  Resource rich for learners – masses of reference material Basic scissors (usually blunt) available within the grooming salon, and a general lack of equipment to go around 12 students – lack of quality clippers and drying equipment – hand-held dryers common place.  Equipment not always well-maintained or functioning.  Products in use for bathing and preparation of dogs of low quality.  Lack of other resources in this setting, so no textbooks or magazines to assist students with styling
Non-Grooming Support for those seeking to open a salon Extensive assistance is given to students in helping them to select equipment for their new salon, and plenty of opportunities to try out a range of high-end equipment, along with a lot of real-time input on commercial aspects of dog grooming.  Canis supports their students with help and advice on professional dog grooming long after they have qualified. Some support given, though diluted as it is delivered by a non-dog groomer
Training Progression to Level 3 Introductory Certificate for Dog Grooming Stylists, followed by the Level 3 Diploma for Professional Dog Grooming Stylists (this pathway available until August 2020)NEW!  Level 3 Diploma for Dog Groomers – available now at Canis – amalgamates level 3 certificate and level 3 diploma into a single course of 45 days – minimum entry requirements Level 2 Certificate Canis students are well-prepared and are ready to undertake the City & Guilds Level 3 Introductory Certificate for Dog Grooming Stylists once they have completed their level 2 course.Once the certificate has been successfully completed, then the student can progress to the Level 3 Diploma to complete their professional qualification.Assistance is offered by Canis in providing suitable dogs for these externally assessed exams.  The exams are run at Canis during the year. 


Students who have completed the level 2 course in a public training establishment offering a lower number of grooming hours, eg, 80 hours should go on to seek an internship working alongside a qualified dog groomer to improve their practical skills level and working speed BEFORE embarking on the level 3 certificate.  Candidates for level 3 certificate are required by the end of their course to work within a reasonable commercial time frame, and to be able to carry out styling of dogs to a reasonable standard working alongside a qualified dog groomer.



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