Course Overview

This programme is ideal for experienced groomers who have achieved the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants and have at least five years of full-time grooming experience.

This intensive evening course consists of seven evening theory sessions at College and 10 full days of practical grooming support. Practical training will be supported by online learning and all materials will be provided via our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Key Facts

Location: Huntingdon

Start date: TBC

Attendance and duration: Delegates will attend seven evenings at College from 5.30pm-8pm for classroom tuition and 10 practical days for grooming support. You will then attend College for two days for your synoptic practical assessments which are completed under exam conditions.

Course Content

Classroom lessons will look at the following areas:

  • First aid
  • Health and breed defects
  • Risk assessments
  • Customer Service and basic business set up


You will complete a written examination and a two day practical assessment under exam conditions.

Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of five years’ experience of full-time dog grooming experience and have achieved the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants qualification.

Application and interview process
All applicants are interviewed and offers for a place on the course are competitive. During the application process you will undertake basic maths and English assessments and, during your interview, you will take a tour of the centre and facilities, complete a written task, and discuss your suitability for the programme.

Course Fees

Course fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the course.

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.

Course fees

£1,800 + Awarding body fees* (these are currently £171.00).

* 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.

What Next?

Completion of this course will give you professional dog grooming status and will demonstrate your skills and knowledge to your clients.

CAW Connect

After you complete your studies with The College of Animal Welfare, you will be invited to join our alumni association, CAW Connect. CAW Connect is a social networking website and education hub which gives you the opportunity to connect with other alumni, enjoy industry discounts, make use of exclusive careers advice and resources, find new job opportunities and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news. Find out more about CAW Connect