City & Guilds Training

This qualification is for beginners in dog grooming, and if you want to take the new 7863-03 Level 3 Diploma, then you must have this qualification, or the nationally recognised level 2 apprenticeship in dog grooming.  If you are already grooming, then we can offer a reduced learning hours pathway to this qualification, enabling you to proceed to the new level 3 Diploma course with a minimum of delay.  


In this course you will cover the following modules:

  • Prepare dogs prior to grooming (you will learn how to assess what the dogs’ grooming needs are, health check learning to recognise the signs of good or ill health, and get the dog ready for the groom)

  • Bathe and clean dogs (you will learn how to safely bath the dog, selecting appropriate products for the dogs skin and coat type, you will also research information so that you know about the legal and regulatory aspects around the safe running of a grooming salon - health and safety law, as well as correct business practices)

  • Clean and maintain equipment used for grooming dogs or removing hair (you will learn how to maintain all of your expensive equipment so that it works properly, is hygienic, lasts longer)

  • Control and restrain animals (you will learn how to work safely which will protect you and the dog from injury during the grooming process, and you will research a range of equipment used for this purpose to ensure that you have a clear understanding of its correct safe usage)

  • Dry and prepare dogs for styling (you will learn efficient and effective methods of drying the dog in readiness for the trimming stage)

  • Basic trimming of a dog's coat (you will learn about rough clipping of overgrown coats before the bath, clipping to pattern lines, and basic scissor work)

  • Maintain the cleanliness and bio security of the animal care working environment (in this module you will learn why it is important to keep all areas of the salon clean, as well as how to do this safely)

Our level 2 course provides the student with 20 days practical work plus home study to successfully complete the course).  Hand stripping is part of the level 3 curriculum, but whenever the opportunity arises, we enable our level 2 students to engage with stripping of either silky or wire coats.  Within this course we give you a basic equipment pack (brush, comb, scissors, nail clippers, course notes, portfolio).  

We offer 7863-03 over 40 days.  In this way students will be fully conversant with salon practices, terminology, equipment etc, leading to a greater degree of self-confidence, skill, knowledge and the best possible results from their course work: a great start in professional dog grooming.  Some candidates will already be grooming professionally and to a good standard, and we are able to offer a reduce learning hours pathway to the qualification subject to a skills assessment, provision of a CV, portfolio of work and client testimonials.

Here’s 6 reasons why you should become a Qualified Dog Groomer:

  • Ensure that you are knowledgeable and compliant with current legislation

  • You can join The Groomers Spotlight for qualified groomers

  • Demonstrate your knowledge, skill and professionalism to your clients, and build their trust

  • You can apply to City & Guilds so that you can use the Level 3 qualified logo on your marketing materials

  • Improve your marketing by differentiating yourself from many other competing businesses with a nationally recognised qualification that you can display on your Facebook page, website and literature

  • Increase your confidence, self-esteem and pride in your work and your business

In this course, students will learn:

  • Health and safety, legislation and codes of practice for the dog grooming industry (you will have a good working knowledge of a wide range of legal and regulatory aspects of running your business which will include skill in assessing and controlling workplace hazard and risk, along with good animal first aid skills and knowledge)

  • Styling and finishing a dog (a broad ranging module which will teach safe control and restraint appropriate to size and structure of different breeds, along with their life stages, the student will learn to groom/style different coat types in a way that meets the client's needs, using a wide range of equipment and grooming methods)

  • Health checking and handling a dog in a dog grooming environment (the student will learn what to look for when health checking, and about a wide range of health-related issues that can present in the salon so that grooming can be carried out safely, and they will also learn about behavioural signs and ways in which they can modify their handling of the dog to ensure safety and welfare of the animal)

  • Customer service and record keeping in a dog grooming environment (this module looks at how to work successfully with clients, and how good record keeping can assist in this regard as well as helping the business with statutory compliance, eg, taxation, data protection).