Please note, as this course is new, it is not yet open for applications. If you would like to express an interest, and be one of the first to hear about the opening of applications, please register your details below.
The level 3 dog grooming course builds upon the knowledge gained during the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants qualification and will give you the skills and abilities to work as a professional dog groomer.
Upon gaining this qualification you will be confident in handling and grooming a range of dogs of differing breeds, temperaments and ages. You be able to identify signs of normal and abnormal behaviour to minimise stress, and know how to undertake health checks and adjust grooming regimes accordingly. You will also gain an understanding of relevant animal welfare legislation and safe working practices, as well as learn how to manage the administrative and financial aspects of a busy dog grooming salon.
During your dog grooming training, you will work alongside qualified dog groomers in our state-of-the-art grooming suites, complete with professional dog grooming equipment and access to a variety of dogs on which to practice the techniques you will be learning.
This qualification will run on a day release basis at our Huntingdon and Leeds centres for one academic year.
You will build on your existing dog grooming experience. Classroom lessons will be complemented by practical experience throughout the programme. Over the course of the qualification you will cover the following units:
Unit 301: Health and safety, legislation and codes of practice for the dog grooming industry
During this unit you will understand relevant animal welfare legislation and look at minimising risks and emergency situations through safe working practices.
Unit 302: Styling and finishing a dog
You will learn how to style and finish a range of dog breeds of differing temperaments and ages. Throughout the unit there will be an emphasis on recognising and minimising stress in dogs and working in a safe manner.
Unit 303: Health checking and handling a dog in a dog grooming environment
During this unit you will learn basic canine anatomy and physiology and suitable handling and restraint techniques. You will understand how to carry out ongoing health checks and recognise normal and abnormal behaviours in order to adjust the grooming regime accordingly.
Unit 304: Customer service and record keeping in a dog grooming environment
You will learn how to communicate effectively with clients, and know how to handle the administrative and financial aspects of the dog grooming salon.
You will need to successfully complete a practical assignment and an online written examination to achieve the qualification.
You must have achieved the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants prior to enrolling onto this qualification.
All applicants are interviewed and offers for a place are competitive. During the interview you will undertake a practical assessment and a BKSB test to establish your current level of English and maths.
We are looking for people who are dedicated to improving their work and pushing the industry forward.
Course fees can either be paid in full before the beginning of the course, or via our ‘Pay As You Learn’ monthly payment scheme
If you have not achieved your qualification by the planned end date detailed in your individual learning plan, you will be able to continue to receive support and access to your course by paying monthly direct debit payments until certification of your award.
|Full Fee||Pay As You Learn|
|£3,417||£342 per month|
If you are over 19 years of age you may be entitled to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help fund your studies!
Awarding Body Fees*
City & Guilds fees: £160
* Awarding Body Fees are payable by all students or employers and recharged at cost and may be subject to change.
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.
These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location for example, and are outside the control of The College of Animal Welfare.
Achievement of this qualification will demonstrate to employers and the public that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge to work as a professional dog groomer.
Once you have completed your formal training and gained solid industry experience, many opportunities become available to you. You may wish to seek employment as a dog grooming stylist, perhaps progressing to a managerial role after demonstrating your abilities within a fast paced pet grooming environment. Dog groomer vacancies are sometimes advertised on our job board.
You could also consider starting up your own grooming business from home, in commercial premises, or out and about by taking it mobile, or work in partnership with an existing business such as a boarding kennels or dog walkers. This is a great way to build up connections with existing client bases and industry players, which will help to boost your new venture.
Another option would be to help the next generation of dog groomers to achieve their formal dog grooming qualifications; either by teaching at a relevant college or taking on an apprentice in your workplace.