Course Overview
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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), Leeds (West Yorkshire), Wigan (Greater Manchester) 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.

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, Leeds, and Wigan

Attendance and duration: This course can be undertaken on day release basis. Day release students will attend College part time for one day per week, for two academic terms (approximately six months)

Start dates:

Start dates will be discussed at interview. Our dog grooming courses get booked quickly, so we suggest you apply in advance. Below are the start dates for courses which are still available for application.

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire 

    • Friday 13 January 2023

Leeds, West Yorkshire (Campus Vets and Pets)

    • Friday 13 January 2023

Wigan, Greater Manchester

    • Friday 13 January 2023

Aesculap are one of the proud sponsors of our Leeds Dog Grooming School, supplying the centre with clippers for dog grooming students to use throughout their training.

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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.

Application and interview process
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. 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 and course start dates.

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Please note that if you are under 18 years of age you are required, by law in England, to either stay in full-time education, undertake an apprenticeship, or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering while in part-time education or training. If applying to undertake this course under the age of 18 please ensure that you still complying with one of these options.

Course Fees

Fees for the programme must be paid in full before the beginning of the course.

Course Fees


Awarding Body Fees*

City & Guilds fees: £118

* 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. Please note the Pay As You Learn Scheme is not available for this programme.  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.

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 Diploma in 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.

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


“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)