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The Bone Idol Academy: Our Courses

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Bone Idol Academy - Brighton & Hove Based Training school provides formal dog grooming courses including iPET NETWORK Level 3 Diploma Level 3 qualifications in dog grooming. We also offer courses and salon experience days.

 

At Bone Idol, we pride ourselves on offering unique training designed to suit everybody. Our Academy is based in Brighton & Hove in East Sussex. The Bone Idol Academy is a Training Provider Centre in its own right, overseen by Ofqual.


Browse our list of qualifications and courses. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Helen Kirby is our Bone Idol Academy Tutor - contact helen@boneidol.co.uk 

 

Dog Grooming Qualifications & Training For You

At Bone Idol, we pride ourselves on offering a unique learning experience. Our courses are designed to suit everybody, No matter what your current skill level or your end goal.


You can learn how to groom your own dog in one day or complete a Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management Qualification in 30 days.

We cater for novices wanting some confidence through to those seeking a career at the highest standard in a competitive and growing industry. We also provide tuition to experienced groomers keen to continue in their professional development.

 

Our aim is to provide training of the highest quality and standard with your success as our motivation. We will support you every step of the way with our team of dedicated professionals. We all started the same journey as you, to follow our dreams of working with dogs.

 

Course

Length

Price

 

Level 1 Introductory Course in dog grooming

5 Days

£1250

 

Level 2 Foundation course in dog grooming

10 Days

£2250

 

Level 3 Diploma in dog grooming

30 days

£4500  

Level 3 Diploma in dog grooming (Fast Track - Designed For Experienced Dog Groomers)          

At your own speed and complete within 2 years

£1250 or £1850

 

Learn to groom your own dog

1 Day

£250

 

Canine First Aid

1 Day

£99

 

Hand stripping course 1 Day 250  
Salon Experience days 1 Day £100  
Tuition days 1 Day £250

 

     

 

 

Bone Idol Academy Payment Plans:

 

At Bone Idol Academy we are mindful of the cost of your training and try to make our courses accessible to all. We are happy to discuss payment plans with our students on an individual basis but cannot guarantee a bespoke plan can be arranged.

 

To help you achieve your new career in dog grooming we offer a 'pay as you go' payment plan. This plan allows you to pay your deposit and then pay for your training in 5 day blocks. You can complete your course 1 or 2 days per week which means your course cost can be spread across multiple weeks. Your training must be completed within a 6 month period.

 

To discuss our payment plans please email Helen with the course you are interested in and your needs. helen@boneidol.co.uk


Introductory Course in dog grooming £1250

Duration: 5 days

 

This course is the first step in learning all about dog grooming and trying your hand at some of the less complex styles. It is perfect for students who have little knowledge of dogs but who are interested in a career in dog grooming. It is also an ideal course for dog owners who wish to learn how to correctly groom a specific breed in a variety of styles.

The course will include:

      • Basic handling
      • Bathing
      • Nail trimming
      • Clippering
      • Scissoring techniques

 

On successful completion of the course you will receive a Bone Idol Course Certificate in dog grooming with an individual written reference from your course tutor detailing your skill level in each component of the course.

If you wish to continue with your studies and undertake the Intermediate or the Advanced Course, this course cost and time will be deducted from your next training course.

In addition to this all Bone Idol students who have completed 10 days of study or above will receive a 20% discount off our Canine First Aid Course.

Email us for more information or to book in a call with Helen. helen@boneidol.co.uk

 


Foundation in dog grooming £2250

Duration: 10 Days

Our Foundation in dog grooming course is a leap up from the introduction course offering further practical and hands on skill practice, ideal for anyone looking to begin their career in the dog grooming industry. The length of the course is perfect for fitting in around your current employment or lifestyle. Over the period of the 10-day course, you will learn the skills and knowledge you need to become a dog grooming assistant. This course level will appeal to potential employers in any job application and enable you to display an array of skills.

 

The course will include:

      • Animal welfare legislation
      • Handling, bathing
      • Nail trimming
      • Clippering
      • Scissoring techniques
      • Ear plucking
      • Breed specific styling
      • Health and safety in the salon
      • Choosing the right products for the dog
      • Choosing correct tools for different coat types


On successful completion of the course you will receive a Bone Idol Course Certificate in dog grooming with an individual written reference from your course tutor detailing your skill level in each component of the course.


If you wish to continue with your studies and undertake the Intermediate or the Advanced Course, this course cost and time will be deducted from your next training course.

In addition to this all Bone Idol students who have completed the 10 days of study or above will receive a 20% discount off our Canine First Aid Course.

Email us for more information or to book in a call with Helen. helen@boneidol.co.uk

 


Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management £4500

Duration: 30 Days

 

Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management qualification is our highest-level qualification awarded.

 

The course is delivered over 30 days practical training with additional theory work to be completed at home. Candidates will groom a minimum of 10 different breeds covering a minimum of 20 grooms but often many more. There are no pre-requisites to starting the course, meaning you can join at level 3 without having completed a lower level (level 2) course first which can be a huge cost saving to students.

However if students have completed level 1 or level 2 first, the cost will be reduced.

Students will be trained in practical skills such as:

      • Bathing
      • Scissoring
      • Clippering
      • Nail trimming
      • Ear plucking
      • Hand-stripping

 

We will also go over the theory side of dog grooming to help you with the following coursework units:

 

      • Health and Safety in a Dog Grooming Environment
      • Promote the Welfare of Dogs conforming with Relevant Legislation
      • Customer Care and Managing Complaints
      • Assess and Plan Dog Grooming Styles and Maintenance of Equipment
      • Health Checking, Handling and Canine Behaviour
      • Prepare, Style and Finish a range of Dog Breeds
      • Canine Emergency First Aid
      • Planning the Operation of a Small Canine Business

 

We are committed to improving industry standards by working hard to help all students complete the course and are fully qualified, confident and competent.


The Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management will demonstrate to an employer, potential customers and industry peers that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge to successfully groom a range of dog breeds.


This is a formal, regulated and nationally recognised qualification that will remain relevant throughout your career. This qualification can only be achieved by reaching the required practical skill level. It has been designed specifically for those looking to become a qualified professional dog groomer and do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification. These additional elements are unique to our course syllabus making the qualification a more rounded and robust qualification. This sets you and us ahead of the pack.


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 in gaining the iPET Network seal of approval. Please contact us for further details.

Email us for more information or to book in a call with Helen. helen@boneidol.co.uk

 


Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management (Fast Track - Experienced Groomers)

Duration: At your own pace - complete within 2 years

Option 1:   £1300 Practical Exam at your own salon.

Option 2: £1850 Practical Exam at Bone Idol Academy - with our dog models.

 

Fast-track options for experienced groomers seeking a Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management qualification.

 

The Bone Idol Academy knows many dog groomers may have gained hands on experience and skills working in our amazing industry. For these dog groomers Bone Idol Academy offers a Fast Track level 3 qualification.

Ideal for working dog groomers who may not be able to take time out from their business to train at our school. We offer this qualification assessed through coursework and means you can complete a portfolio at your salon in your own time, whilst ensuring you have the skills needed to achieve your goal.

This qualification allows experienced groomers to achieve level 3 without the need for first completing a level 2 qualification. This route is also ideal for students who hold the 'City and Guilds Intro Certificate' but who have not yet reached the 'City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma'. Both diplomas are the same value on the national framework but simply awarded by different awarding organisations.

You will have 2 years to complete the course.

 

The Coursework units included within this qualification are:

 

      • Health and Safety in a Dog Grooming Environment
      • Promote the Welfare of Dogs conforming with Relevant Legislation
      • Customer Care and Managing Complaints
      • Assess and Plan Dog Grooming Styles and Maintenance of Equipment
      • Health Checking, Handling and Canine Behaviour
      • Prepare, Style and Finish a range of Dog Breeds
      • Canine Emergency First Aid
      • Planning the Operation of a Small Canine Business

 

You will need to build a Portfolio of 20 different styles on a minimum of 10 different dogs to prove your skills.

Once your portfolio is completed and marked. We will arrange your practical exam day with you.

The prices above include all the elements needed to complete the course with no hidden extras. We are able to travel throughout the UK which opens the doors for all groomers to become qualified, raising standards within the industry.

Successful completion of this qualification also entitles you to join The Groomers Spotlight and proudly demonstrate your achievement and reach potential new customers.

Email us for more information or to book in a call with Helen. helen@boneidol.co.uk

 


Learn to groom your dog in 1 day £250

 

This 1 day course has been created for those wanting to groom their own dog at home. You can bring your dog to us for the day and learn how to create one specific style you like and gain the skills you need to work on your own dog’s coat type. This will save you a lifetime of cost taking your dog to the groomers and give you fond bonding time with your favourite pooch.

When you book, we will ask for the breed of your dog and prepare an information pack about your dog’s coat type, the right tools to use and a step by step guide on how to groom your dog. However, you will need to come prepared with a notebook to take notes of any extra tips you learn on the day.

Throughout the day you will learn:

      • Studying your dog’s coat type
      • Discussing correct tools to use on your dog
      • Handling techniques
      • Correct brushing technique
      • Prepping the coat for bathing.
      • Bathing
      • Drying
      • Styling
      • Finishing

 

By the end of the day you will have learnt how to groom your dog from start to finish. You may even be inspired to start a new career in dog grooming.

If you wish to continue with your studies and undertake the introductory, foundation or diploma course. The cost and time of this course will be deducted from the cost of either the introductory, foundation or diploma training courses.

 

Email us for more information or to book in a call with Helen. helen@boneidol.co.uk

 


Canine first aid Course £99         1 day

 

Our Canine First Aid Course is perfect for pet owners and professionals alike who want to be prepared should a dog need emergency treatment.

The course involves a combination of theory based and practical exercises (where you will meet some of our brilliant demo dogs)

Our aim is to prepare you for an emergency situation should one ever take place.

 

Our course covers the most commonly faced canine needs such as:

      • How to treat an injury
      • CPR
      • Bandaging
      • Allergic reactions
      • Stings
      • Poisoning
      • Choking
      • Seizures
      • Hypothermia and much more

The course is accredited at level 3 and each student will receive a recognised certificate for their learning. (This class may include students completing level 3 dog grooming qualifications.)


Email us for more information or to book in a call with Helen. helen@boneidol.co.uk

 


Dog Grooming - Handstripping course £250

Certificate in Hand Stripping (1 Day Course)

 

Hand stripping involves pulling out the dead outer coat (particularly popular in wired-haired breeds). The skill is performed by hand rather than cutting the hair with clippers or scissors. This allows a new coat to grow in, revealing a soft undercoat and makes a beautiful finish. It does not hurt the dog when performed correctly.

 

Many groomers do not offer this service as it is time-consuming and very labour intensive. This 1 day course will give you hands on skills practice of hand stripping, perfect for an owner wishing to hand strip their own dog correctly or a student looking to gain a strong basis of the skills needed to hand strip dogs as part of a career in dog grooming.

 

This handstripping course is great for anyone looking to gain additional experience or prove their skills in handstripping. You will receive an information book to take away with you.

The course will take you through:

      • Theory of wire coated handstripping
      • Coat growth cycle
      • Technique
      • Effect handstripping grooms
      • Carding
      • Rolling
      • Equipment
      • After stripping care
      • Hands on experience and practice on one of our wire coated doggie models

 

If you would like to receive a formal certificate accredited at Level 3 from iPET Network the additional cost of £35 can be added to the course price.

Email us for more information or to book in a call with Helen. helen@boneidol.co.uk

 


Salon experience days £150

 

This day is ideal for anyone who would like an insight into our courses and learn the basics of dog grooming. Our friendly team will make you welcome and be available to answer your questions during the day. This would assist you in deciding on whether dog grooming is the right career for you before proceeding with the longer courses.

These salon experience days also appeal to graduates who want to spend an extra days training in a working salon environment rather than a class room environment.

This experience day will help build your confidence and enable you to further practice your learned skills following the qualification course in the Bone Idol Academy. It offers you an insight of the fast pace nature of a busy grooming salon.

You will spend the day working alongside an experienced stylist who can show you varying methods and techniques to suit the dogs through the door that day.

An added bonus is that if you pay for one day taster day and you then enrol on a course over 10 days in length, we will deduct the taster day cost from the overall course price. (You must book within one month of your completed taster day.)

Email us for more information or to book in a call with Helen. helen@boneidol.co.uk

 


Tuition breed specific £250

 

Our dog grooming tuition days are perfect for experienced groomers who want to gain further knowledge of a particular breed or style that they would like to perfect.

We have an extensive database of model dogs who are perfect to hone your skills on such as Poodles, Schnauzers, West Highland Terriers and many more.

These tuition days allow for styling focus and advanced grooming techniques.

 

Email us for more information or to book in a call with Helen. helen@boneidol.co.uk

 


 

Dog Models – For Student Dog Groomers

 

      • 50% discount on your dog’s groom.
      • Does your dog need a regular groom?
      • Could your dog qualify to be one of our models?


We are growing our portfolio of dog models and need dogs of all breeds and sizes for our students to practice their skills and gain their qualification.

All the students who attend the Bone Idol Academy will be fully supervised and guided by our professional team so you can be assured that your dog will be well looked after and receive a great Bone Idol hair cut!

Prior to the first groom we conduct a small assessment to ensure all our dog models are happy in the salon and being handled by strangers. After the assessment we will book your dog in for a full groom including bathing, scissoring, clipping, nail trim, ear plucking etc.

Our training days are run with 1 morning appointment 9:30am until 12.30 or an afternoon appointment 1:30pm until 4:30pm.

Dog models must be dropped off and collected on time or risk being removed from our portfolio.

To discuss this or find out more please contact the Brighton Shop and Dog Grooming Parlour 01273 695631


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Bone Idol Academy Trainer

Helen Kirby, Bone Idol Academy, Dog Groomer, Dog Grooming Tutor, Award Winning Brighton Dog Groomer, All Round Lovely Person

Helen Kirby

"I am Passionate about grooming and believe that qualifications are important to verify your skills and build trust with your customers."

 

"I love teaching and I want all of my students to have fun while learning. I’m here to answer any questions you may have along your journey and my motivation is watching the excitement of students achieving their goals!"

 

Helen's passions include live music, travel and of course dogs!