Course overview

Awarded by City & Guilds, this qualification is ideal if you are new to the industry and looking to train as a dog groomer. This programme is run at our Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire) and Leeds (West Yorkshire) centres. Working with our qualified groomers in the College’s state-of-the-art dog grooming suites, the emphasis placed upon practical training throughout the course gives learners the knowledge, skills and experience needed to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market and progress within the industry.

Key Facts

Location: Huntingdon and Leeds

Attendance and duration: This course can either be undertaken on a block or day release basis. Block release students will attend College full time from Monday to Friday, for a five week block. Day release students will attend College part time for one day per week, for two academic terms (approximately six months)

Start dates:

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

  • Day release – 28 April 2017 (Fridays), 5 June 2017 (Mondays)
  • Block release – 24 April 2017, 5 June 2017

Leeds, West Yorkshire (Campus Vets and Pets)

  • Day release – 28 April 2017 (Fridays)
  • Block release – 24 April 2017, 5 June 2017

Course content

Classroom studies will be complemented by practical training throughout the programme, giving trainee dog groomers the opportunity to gain confidence using professional dog grooming equipment to undertake a range of bathing and grooming techniques. Over the course of the qualification you will cover how to:

  • Prepare and groom dogs prior to bathing
  • Bathe and clean dogs
  • Clean and maintain dog grooming equipment
  • Control and restrain animals
  • Dry dogs and prepare their coats for styling
  • Carry out basic trimming
  • Clean and maintain the grooming environment


You will complete written and practical assessments as well as passing an online examination.

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic requirements, however you should be able to demonstrate a good general knowledge of dog grooming and be confident handling dogs.

All applicants are interviewed and offers for a place on the course are competitive. We are looking for people who have a passion for working with animals, and show a commitment to learning how to provide high-quality pet grooming services.

Find out more about how to strengthen your application

Course fees

Please note that course fees listed below apply to courses starting before the 1 May 2017. Fees for courses starting on, or after, 1 May 2017 will be published in due course.

Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page. Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be the result of age, employment status, previous education achievements or location for example, and are outside the control of The College of Animal Welfare.

Age at start of course Annual Fee Scheme (?) Pay as You Learn Scheme (?) Awarding Body Fees*
16+ £1,195 Not available £83.50
Overseas Not available Not available Not available

* Awarding Body Fees are recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

These are current figures and may be subject to change.

What next?

Completion of this course should give you the skills and knowledge needed to be able to apply for the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming, therefore you may wish to consider pursuing further training with us.

Alternatively, you could look for employment working in the dog grooming sector to gain further experience, if you are not already doing so. You can take a look at the dog grooming jobs advertised on our job board here.

If you’d like more information about the opportunities that our dog grooming courses could give you professionally, you can visit our career profile for Dog Groomers.


“I am currently attending the dog grooming level 3 course at The College of Animal Welfare, having also completed the level 2 course here. Both courses have been extremely helpful in building my knowledge and giving me the practical experience of dog grooming. The tutors are approachable and have encouraged me along the way, which has given me the confidence to set up and build my own dog grooming business. I have thoroughly enjoyed every day at the College”.
Lisa Lisher
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants (2015)

“After a period of settling into the college, I found it to be a good place to learn. The tutors and staff were always very helpful when I asked for help. The theory when learning about animals was very informative, and I particularly found the practical study in the grooming room invaluable experience”.
Tracey Veness
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants student

“The facilities are excellent, providing an environment where you are able to experience what it would be like working in a Grooming Parlour”
Chantel Redley
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants (2009)