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At the Nash Academy, we believe that your previous pet professional career experience is valuable, and stands you in good stead if you want to become a professional dog groomer, or a more expert, certified dog groomer. If you are a dog groomer desiring a certificate or diploma from the Nash Academy, indicating the high level of your skills, or if you have previous experience working with dogs and you have decided to become a dog groomer, it is possible to test out of up to 50% of the Nash Academy's courses, receive credit for your knowledge, and move directly into the more advanced courses once you have tested out of the areas in which you have expertise. At the Nash Academy, we understand that pet care professionals may want to move into related fields, or receive certification, and we will work with you through our CPE Programs to do this.

Previous Experience Working with Dogs

If you have previous experience working with dogs, and want to become a dog groomer, the Nash Academy will allow you to test out of its Man's Best Friend Series of courses:

  • Understanding Man's Best Friend
  • Form & Function of Man's Best Friend
  • First Aid & CPR for Man's Best Friend
  • Taking Care of Man's Best Friend
  • Who's Who in Man's Best Friend
  • Variations & Creations of Man's Best Friend

Once you have tested out of the above series, you must successfully complete the Professional Dog Grooming and Styling Series of courses:

  • Salon for Man's Best Friend
  • Grooming Man's Best Friend
  • Styling Man's Best Friend

Finally, you must successfully complete our nine week long, hands-on series of courses, Professional Dog Grooming and Styling Practical Application - Entry Level:

  • Dog Bathing Basics Onsite
  • Dog Grooming Basics Onsite
  • Dog Styling Basics Onsite

You will then receive a diploma from the Nash Academy as a professional dog groomer.

Previous Experience Grooming Dogs

If you have previous experience grooming dogs, and want to obtain a diploma from the Nash Academy, the Nash Academy will allow you to test out of two of its three Professional Dog Grooming and Styling Series of courses:

  • Grooming Man's Best Friend
  • Styling Man's Best Friend

We will also allow you to test out of the Professional Dog Grooming and Styling Practical Application, and, if successful, receive a Nash Academy diploma. We will, however, require you to successfully complete the Man's Best Friend Series of courses, to insure that all recipients of a Nash Academy diploma have a foundation in basic knowledge about dogs. The Man's Best Friend Series is comprised of:

  • Understanding Man's Best Friend
  • Form & Function of Man's Best Friend
  • First Aid & CPR for Man's Best Friend
  • Taking Care of Man's Best Friend
  • Who's Who in Man's Best Friend
  • Variations & Creations of Man's Best Friend

We also require you to complete the course Salon for Man's Best Friend, insuring that you have expertise in the functioning of a professional dog grooming salon.

Upon the completion of the test-out procedure and the requisite courses, you will receive a diploma from the Nash Academy.
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