Open College Network Northern Ireland



The OCN level 3 commercial clipping and styling qualification has no pre req except you must complete a course of training at an assessment centre and will be assessed during and at the end of the course. There is a fast track option for existing groomers.

Students must complete ongoing workbook/diary of evidence of training and then complete 5 practical assessments

- breed standard

- short legged terrier trim with round head

- long legged terrier/schnauzer trim

- spaniel trim, poodle lamb trim

- x breed and commercial trim

Practical assessment on equipment maintenance, booking in a new client and their dog including completing record card/signed authority for grooming and several written assessments to cover the above, plus health and welfare, parasites and diseases, health and safety, business and salon management and must also complete pet cpr and first aid.

You may complete this, then just do an add-on Hand strip Unit within 3 years registration to complete the advanced certification.

The OCN advanced level 3 has no pre req.  You must complete an advanced course of training at an assessment centre and will be assessed during and at the end of the course. The Advanced is same as above only with assessment of 2 pet hand strips: silky and wire.

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For more information, please visit the BIGA Member Training Centres page.

The British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA)

A Not-for-Profit Trade Association and Community Support Network

 Registered at St. George‚Äôs House, 14 George Street, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE29 3GH. Reg. No. 10085801

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