Dog Grooming (7763)

Last Updated: 19 Aug 2014

Focussing upon the principles and practices of modern dog grooming techniques, the learner will be able to start or build on a career in the Dog Grooming Industry. 

A Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants is for anyone who wants to work in the dog grooming industry and work their way up. You don't need any previous qualifications to take this qualification.

The Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming or the Diploma for Professional Dog Stylists is suitable for those who have experience of working in the dog grooming industry or have completed a related qualification.
Available in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What's involved in studying this course

Depending on the qualification, you'll cover things like:

  • Trimming and styling different types of coat
  • Dog washing
  • Transporting animals
  • Reception duties
  • Handling payments
  • Health and safety.

You will learn the skills you need to complete the course in a learning environment rather than on the job.

For the Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants, you'll do an E-assessment and a practical demonstration or assignment.

For the Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming, you'll do a practical demonstration or assignment and a written test.

For the Level 3 Diploma for Professional Dog Stylists, you'll do a practical demonstration or assignment, a practical test, and a written test.

Which level is right for me?

Level 2
You have little or no knowledge or working in the dog grooming industry and want to learn the skills you need to work under supervision in a dog grooming salon.

Level 3
You've worked in the dog grooming industry for some time - you have plenty of experience. You want to develop your skills further, learn how to style different breeds of dog and perhaps to move into a management role.

What careers can this lead to

The Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants could help you get a job as a dog groomer or assistant dog groomer.

The Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming could help you get a job as a dog groomer or kennel worker.

The Diploma for Professional Dog Stylists could help you get a job as a senior dog groomer or manager in a dog grooming salon.

Once you have completed these qualifications, you could also go on to do a Level 3 work-based Diploma in Animal Care or a Level 4 NVQ in Animal Management.

What's involved in delivering this course

To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

Level 2

This level is ideal if you want to begin working in the dog grooming industry and want to learn the skills you need to work under supervision in a dog grooming salon.

To earn this qualification, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units, including:
  • Bathing and cleaning dogs
  • Controlling and restraining animals
  • Handling payments from clients.
For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.


What careers can this lead to

These qualifications could help you get a job as a:

  • Dog groomer
  • Assistant dog groomer
  • Kennel worker

Once you have completed these qualifications, you could also go on to do the Level 3 dog grooming qualifications, or a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Animal Care.

Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants(7763-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2017

Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants

  • Accreditation No: 500/7740/5 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 23 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 183 - 183 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2019 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

This level is ideal if you've worked in the dog grooming industry for some time.  You may have plenty of experience, and you want to develop your skills further, perhaps to move into a management role.

To earn this qualification, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units, including:
  • Assessing and planning dog grooming work
  • Health checking a dog by a dog groomer
  • Welcoming, receiving and caring for visitors to sites.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What careers can this lead to

A Level 3 qualification could help you get a job as a:

  • Senior dog groomer
  • Manager of a dog-grooming salon. 

You could progress onto other Level 3 animal care qualifications, or to an apprenticeship.

Level 3 Certificate/Diploma for Dog Grooming Stylists(7763-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2017

Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming

  • Accreditation No: 500/7698/X Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 20 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 150 - 150 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2020 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Diploma for Professional Dog Stylists

  • Accreditation No: 500/7722/3 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 44 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 250 - 250 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2020 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

The general expandable sections contain documents that cover multiple levels and the level-specific expandable sections contain documents that cover that particular level.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to WalledGarden.com and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

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