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AIM Level 3

(AIM: Formerly OCN – Open College Network)




20 Days/125 Hours
Monday to Friday or flexible attendance.

See below for course details and flexible schedules.

Payment Options

Debit/Credit Card. Cash. BACS


The AIM (Formerly OCN – Open College Network) Level 3 Course – Cost £3450 (Full time or Flexible)

Designed for those who wish to learn the basic cuts and trims and be able to work as a groomer or grooming assistant. The qualification covers assessing, recording and planning grooming work, health checking dogs prior to grooming and a knowledge of essential first aid. The qualification is made up of a range of theoretical and practical units related to canine health & wellbeing and the cutting and trimming of dogs’ coats.

Qualification Units:-

  • Welcome, receive and care for customers
  • Promote and maintain the health and wellbeing of animals
  • Health checking a dog
  • Carry out basic cuts and trims on dogs
  • Assess, plan and record grooming plans and work
  • Canine First Aid Certificate

On successful completion of this qualification course the learner may elect to progress on to the Level 3 Diploma – or choose to go directly in to employment and seek work in a grooming salon or similar environment. Learners should be aged 17 and above – and be comfortable around dogs of all breeds and sizes.

This is a 20 day (125 hour) course  – with some additional home study

Cost £3450 – (inclusive of AIM qualification and Certificate, all registration fees, manuals and workbooks and  theoretical guidance).

Flexible Attendance

This is a 20 days/125 hours course (Mon – Fri) *Attendance can be flexible by prior arrangement and  scheduled to suit your other committments – see below :-

Flexible Attendance:- The first day of any course – the Induction day – includes a huge amount of new information so for this reason it is better for all students – flexible or otherwise – to attend a pre-arranged induction day along with other students, and we find it helps you to really settle in. The second day is also necessary because we use that day to introduce you to the different types of grooming equipment you will use and how to handle dogs safely. After that the choice is yours so you can be as flexible as you want or need to be. You tell us when you want to attend, for example 1 or 2 days a week – or a few days in a row every few weeks – or almost any combination can be arranged. 

A full course consists of a  fixed number of ‘guided learning hours’ (GLH) to complete your course – so we will keep a signed off attendance record throughout. This means that if some of your training days are shorter because you need to go to another job or pick up your children from school, your course will just continue until you have completed the GLH.

This kind of flexibility allows you to train for a new career whilst still holding down another job or meeting other commitments. We would advise that you don’t let too much time elapse between attendances so that you don’t forget your newly learnt skills.

Course start dates 2024

January 26th (Induction)

February 23rd (Induction)

March 22nd (Induction)

April 26th (Induction)

June 21st (Induction)

Sep 20th (Induction)

Oct 25th (Induction)

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