Course Catalog


General Info

and disclosures



 West Coast Grooming Academy has received approval to operate as a private institution through the State of California. At the time of publication, WCGA is in the process to become a state approved vocational institution through the Bureau for Postsecondary Private Education (BPPE). Once approval is granted, WCGA will seek accreditation through the Western Accreditation Bureau At the time of publication, the Academy nor its certificate programs are accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.


 Known limitations of the unaccredited certificate program include: 

 (A) Certifications awarded by WCGA are not considered state or national licenses. Each State, Country or Providence may have its own requirements for pet professional licensure, so it is up to the Student to research and pursue proper licensing in their state or country of residence. At this time, the State of California does not require state or national licensure of any kind to work as a pet Groomer or Bather. 

 (B) A degree program that is unaccredited or a degree from an unaccredited institution is not recognized for some employment positions, including, but not limited to, positions with the State of California 

 (C) A student enrolled in an unaccredited institution is not eligible for federal financial aid programs.



 The student shall not miss more than 3 days of class OR be more than 15 minutes late more than 4 times, unless approved, or the student will be dropped from the class. If the student must be absent or leave early from class, the Student must request approval from the Instructor as early as possible. Approved reasons for absences include: personal, family or pet illnesses or medical emergencies, religious holidays, natural disasters, or other personal reasons, as long as they are discussed and approved in advance by an Instructor. If the student is absent for an approved reason, WCGA will allow the student to schedule a make-up day at the next available class time at the Academy’s convenience, and depending on availability. If the student fails to call or show up for class, the student will be marked as a NO CALL/NO SHOW and may not be eligible for a make-up class day.



 Once a student is enrolled in the course, the instructor’s evaluation and exam score(s) will determine whether or not a student advances to the next course. Students may not skip a course in a sequence. 



Due to the hands-on nature of the courses offered, the Academy is unable to accommodate distance learning at this time. 



(a) Drop for Absenteeism – Students who fail to at- tend the first class meeting are considered “no shows” and may be dropped. Excessive, continuous or cumulative absence may also result in being dropped. Students must make arrangements with instructors prior to any planned absences from class. 


Drop for Unsafe Performance – A student whose classroom actions are dangerous to the health or welfare of the student, pet or other persons may be dropped from the class. 


Drop for Unsatisfactory Conduct – A student may be dropped from class for unsatisfactory conduct related to the class. This includes, but is not limited to, conduct in class, in the salon or on a field trip. Unsatisfactory conduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, other forms of academic dishonesty, flagrant violation of instructor direction, actions disruptive to the on-going teaching and learning process, inhumane treatment of animals, sexual harassment, bullying, violence, theft, possession of weapons, alcohol or drugs, or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


 A student subject to class drops for condition(s) noted in the above may be counseled by the Instructor and the Academy President and given a chance to improve, except when the violation is so flagrant that immediate suspension from class is in order.


 If a student is counseled for improvement but there is insufficient improvement in the judgment of the Instructor and the Academy President, or if immediate suspension appears to be in order, a signed class drop form and a written report on the incident will be submitted to the Academy and kept with the Student’s Records. The Academy President and Academy Vice President will obtain and review information available and take action deemed appropriate. The Academy Vice President will inform the student of due process rights if the class drop or other discipline is imposed.



 If the student wishes to take a leave of absence due to extenuating circumstances beyond their control, they may do so, upon receiving written approval from the Academy. The student will have one (1) year from the date of withdrawal to return, at the Academy’s convenience and depending on availability, to complete their course or their tuition will be forfeited.



 The student may consider themselves a Graduate of West Coast Grooming Academy upon successful completion of all written and technical exams and receipt of their diploma. Diplomas are given for successful completion from the Certified Dog Groomer, Advanced Dog Groomer courses. Other courses deemed as “pre-requisites” are given certificates of completion and are required to move forward into higher level classes, if the student chooses to continue their education.



 West Coast Grooming Academy does not have dormitory facilities and has no responsibility to find or assist a student in finding housing.



West Coast Grooming Academy permits enrollment of students from any state or country, as long as the student is able to attain a visa. WCGA is not able to provide visa services, but is prepared to vouch for the student’s enrollment status.




 At this time, West Coast Grooming Academy courses are offered only in English. If the student’s native language is not English, the student must demonstrate enough proficiency in English to understand basic instructions and terminology. To assess whether the student is proficient enough in English to be successful in their course, the Academy may require the student to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


 If the Student is unable to demonstrate enough English language proficiency using TOEFL or the United States Foreign Service Language Rating System, the student may seek approval from the Academy to bring an interpreter/translator with them to class. Any translator/interpreter the Student is approved to bring may not participate in hands-on grooming of any kind and will not receive any kind of credits or certifications.


 In the near future, WCGA hopes to add Instructors who are fluent in other languages to accommodate English as a Second Language and non-English speaking students.

 At this time, student textbooks are offered only in English.



 Any questions a student 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:


 Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education 

 235 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 400

Sacramento, CA 95833


 Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

P.O. Box 980818

 West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818



Phone: (888) 370-7589 or (916) 431-6959

 Fax: (916) 263-1897



A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s internet Web site



 All student records in their original form will be stored at the Academy. All hard copies of student records, with the exception of student transcripts, shall be kept for a period of ten (10) years. All hard copies of student transcripts shall remain with the Academy permanently. Digital copies of student records, including copies of student transcripts, shall also be stored electronically. All digital copies shall be kept permanently in the event of fire or flood.



 West Coast Grooming Academy promotes a positive work and learning environment based on tolerance, acceptance, compassion and professionalism. Inhumane treatment of animals, bullying, sexual harassment, or hateful remarks on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other personal attributes will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to dismissal from the course. If the student feels that they have been unjustly treated by a peer, customer, instructor or staff member, they may file a complaint with the Academy Vice President or President. WCGA has an open door policy and encourages students to speak with Academy staff at any time, for any reason, without fear of retribution or judgement. All student grievances are considered private and confidential. If the student is not comfortable speaking with an Academy staff member directly, they may submit their grievance in writing or via email instead. Emails may be addressed to:



The following student services are available:

  •  Business Counseling
  •  Complimentary Grooming Service for Personal Pets
  •  Discounted Grooming Services for Family & Friends
  •  Discounts on Grooming Tools & Equipment
  •  Educational Workshops
  •  Field Trips
  •  Instructor Office Hours for Tutoring
  •  Job Placement Assistance
  •  Learning Library & Resources
  •  Facility Computers, Internet & Wifi
  •  Unpaid Internships (based on availability)



Academic Probation 
A student shall be placed on academic probation if the student has scored below 50% on over half of their quizzes or fails to submit 25% or more of their assignments. Academic probation may be removed and regular status attained when the student submits all missing assignments and re-takes their failed quizzes, scoring a passing grade.

Academic Dismissal

A student who is on academic probation shall be subject to dismissal if the student fails to submit their assignments and/or fails to re-take and pass all failed quizzes before the last day of class. Students are notified of their dismissal in person by the Chief Academic Officer. Dismissed students who are enrolled for another course are withdrawn until the failed course is re-taken and completed.

A dismissed student may petition for readmission after a lapse of one semester or more. The student must present positive evidence of a serious intent to succeed and have a realistic academic goal identified. If the petition is granted, the student will be admitted on a second stage academic probation and may have enrollment limitations. If the student is subsequently dismissed a second time due to continued substandard academic performance, a petition for readmission will not be considered until two or more semesters have lapsed. If readmitted following a second dismissal, the student will be placed on a second stage academic probation. If the student is subsequently dismissed a third time, a petition for readmission will not be considered until one year has lapsed.

Probation for Unsatisfactory Conduct

Each student should be thoroughly familiar with the Student Code of Conduct and with regulations of the Academy. Students attending the Academy are expected to maintain satisfactory standards of conduct at all times on the campus and in the community. Satisfactory conduct includes conduct which respects the rights of all individuals, which avoids actions disruptive to the on-going educational program and which does not violate specific prohibitions outlined in the Code of Conduct and Enrollment Agreement.

When it is indicated that conduct is unsatisfactory, the student may be subject to the following: reprimand, disciplinary probation, administrative course withdrawal, suspension or expulsion, as conditions warrant. Unsatisfactory conduct includes, among other things, cheating, plagiarism, hazing, harassment, bullying, conduct disruptive to the teaching-learning process, and cruelty, neglect or inhumane treatment of animals. In addition, falsification of information provided to the Academy is basis for dismissal from a course or from the Academy. Individuals engaged in destructive activities involving any kind of physical or psychological mistreatment of students or animals are subject to prosecution under the California State Law banning hazing, animal cruelty, animal abuse or animal neglect, and to dismissal from the Academy. Penalties for individuals, organizations and institutions can be severe. 


The Standards for Student Achievement are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Each course has its own minimum standards for completion, which are as follows:

Introduction to Dogs & Dog Grooming: 

25-40 Hours Completed

Minimum of 80% on the Final Written Exam

Pet Hygiene Course:

58-64 Hours Completed

Minimum of 55 points out of 70 on Technical Evaluation

Certified Dog Groomer Course:

120-130 Hours Completed

Minimum of 75 points out of 100 on Technical Evaluation

Advanced Dog Groomer Course:

58-64 Hours Completed

Minimum of 55 points out of 70 on Technical Evaluation

After the minimum standards for the student’s enrolled course have been achieved, the student will have Passed the course.


West Coast Grooming Academy has not entered into any articulation or transfer agreements with any other colleges or universities, and is unable to accept credit transfers from other colleges, universities, vocational or other grooming schools. There is also no award of credit for prior experiential learning, challenge examinations, achievement tests, or provisions for appeal.

Transferability of Credits Earned


The transferability of credits you earn at West Coast Grooming Academy is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institute to which you may seek to transfer. If the educational program that you earn at this institution is not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending West Coast Grooming Academy to determine if the educational program will transfer.


There is no Enrollment Fee to become a student at West Coast Grooming Academy. Each course is individually priced and listed in the Catalog. Students or former students are expected to meet proper financial obligations due to the Academy. Services such as grades, transcripts, diplomas, registration privileges or any combination thereof may be withheld from any student or former student who has not made satisfactory arrangements to meet his/her financial obligation to the Academy.

Instructional Materials Fee

Students enrolled in grooming courses may wish to purchase certain materials including, but not limited to, textbooks, tools and clothing. Student tool kits are available for purchase if the student wishes to acquire their own. Each purchased tool kit comes with a smock. Additional smocks are available for purchase separately. Tool kits and smocks vary in price and include state sales tax. Student tool kids are available for rent, free of charge. Rented tool kits may not leave campus.


Once a deposit has been paid to hold the student’s position in class, it is Non-Refundable. The student has the right to cancel and obtain a refund of charges paid, minus the deposit, through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. If the student wishes to request a refund and has attended less than 50% of their classes, the request must be presented in writing to the Academy CEO or COO. If refunded, the amount will be pro-rated to reflect the number of class sessions that have been provided to the student. If the student requests a refund after attending 50% of their classes, the charges paid is then non-refundable. If the student is removed from class for inappropriate conduct or failure to meet the minimum Student Requirements as outlined in this catalog and the Academy Enrollment Agreement, the student is ineligible for a refunds.

Schedule of Charges

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency programs attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

 1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.

 2. The school's failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.

 3. The school's failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.

 4. There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.

 5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STF)
The student must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you: 

 1. You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and 

 2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party. 

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if the following applies:

 1. You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

At this time, West Coast Grooming Academy does not accept Federal Financial Aid. WCGA does accept State Financial Aid from the California State Department of Rehabilitation only.

Personal Loans

If the student obtains a loan to pay for their educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If the student receives federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the moneys not paid from federal financial aid funds. If the student defaults on a federal or state loan, both of the following may occur: (1) the federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against the student, including applying any income tax refund to which the person is entitled to reduce the balance owed on the loan, (2) The student may not be eligible for any other federal student financial aid at another institution or other government financial assistance until the loan is repaid.