Course Catalog

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Courses Offered

Introduction to Dog Grooming 

Part 1: This is a hybrid course that is taken in two parts, with one part conducted at home either via textbook or online, and the other part taken on campus. The at-home portion of the course is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge of dogs, AKC breeds, colors and coat types, AKC breed groups, canine nutrition, handling and safety around dogs, reading canine body language and canine behavior. The on-campus portion of the course is designed to provide the student with the hands-on training and instruction required to become a professional dog bather. The student will be introduced to common tools, equipment and products used by groomers, salon etiquette, communicating with co-workers and pet parents, and proper pre-grooming, bathing, drying and brushing procedures.This is a hybrid course that is taken in two parts, with one part conducted at home either via textbook or online, and the other part taken on campus. The at-home portion of the course is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge of dogs, AKC breeds, colors and coat types, AKC breed groups, canine nutrition, handling and safety around dogs, reading canine body language and canine behavior. The on-campus portion of the course is designed to provide the student with the hands-on training and instruction required to become a professional dog bather. The student will be introduced to common tools, equipment and products used by groomers, salon etiquette, communicating with co-workers and pet parents, and proper pre-grooming, bathing, drying and brushing procedures. 

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Certified Dog Groomer Course

This course is designed to provide students with the instruction and hands-on experience grooming dogs within an actual salon environment. The student will learn how to properly bathe dogs and style their hair according to breed standard and owner requests. The student will work with dogs of a wide variety of breeds, coat types and temperaments, as well as gain experience working with peers and communicating with pet parents. This invaluable experience will prepare the student for providing exemplar customer service and high quality grooming services in their future careers endeavors. Upon completion of this course as well as the Introduction to Dog Grooming hybrid course, the student will be eligible for job placement assistance and will be able to work in any dog grooming salon or veterinary office as a Certified Dog Groomer. 

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Advanced Dog Groomer Course

This course is designed to provide the student with the instruction and hands-on instruction required to achieve advanced level dog grooming skills to become an Advanced Professional Dog Groomer. This course, along with the Introduction to Dog Grooming Hybrid Course and the Certified Dog Groomer Course, the student will be able to seek employment in any dog grooming facility or veterinary office as a Certified Advanced Dog Groomer.

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Special Workshops

(Non-Certificate) 

"Groom Your Own Pet" Workshops

WCGA offers a one-day workshops for pet parents that is custom tailored to fit your specific pet regardless of breed or size. This workshop can be retaken as often as needed. Topics include but not limited to: nail grinding/clipping, teeth cleaning/maintenance, ear care, brushing and de-matting, nutrition, bathing, anal gland expression, healthy coat/skin.

Cost: $400  (Now $189 on Groupon!)
Duration: 2 hrs - 4 hrs, by appointment only.
Languages: English, Spanish, Japanese

Any questions or complaints a student or member of the public may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at: www.bppe.ca.gov


STATE LICENSURE AND APPROVAL

     West Coast Grooming Academy is a private vocational school approved by the Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education under the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 and Title 5. California Code of Regulations Division 7.5. Private Postsecondary Education. The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education approval means that this institution and its operation comply with the standards established under the law for occupational instruction by private post-secondary educational institutions. Institutional approval is subject to continual review and the institution must reapply for approval every three years.

      The Bureau for  Private Postsecondary Education  can be  reached by calling 

(888) 370-7589 toll-free or on the bureau's internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov.

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