Dog Grooming L3 Dip

Start Date
Course Course
Animal Care
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

City & Guilds dog grooming courses can help you become a dog groomer or build on an existing career in the industry. Our dog grooming training focuses on the principles and practices of modern dog grooming techniques. This course is ideal if you are wanting to gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a professional dog groomer. However, you must hold City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants in order to start this qualification. You will need access to a variety of different breeds and coat types which you can bring into college for examination assessments. Please contact the college for further information on this.

Key Units

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge you will need to work as a Professional Dog Groomer. 

Mandatory content covers:

  •  Heath and safety, legislation and codes of practice for the dog grooming industry
  • Preparing, styling and finishing a dog
  • Health checking and handling a dog in a dog grooming environment
  • Customer service and record keeping in a dog grooming environment

The assessment for this qualification will require you to achieve:

  • A written exam which cover the knowledge and understanding with the qualification
  • A practical assignment which covers health checks, first aid and grooming of dogs with different coat types and for different requirements 

You will gain the practical the skills and knowledge that are important for working as a Professional Dog Groomer.  

Entry Requirements

You must hold City and Guilds level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants to start this qualification.  Proof of this may be required.


Candidates will need good literacy and numeracy skills, i.e. the ability to read and interpret written tasks, to write answers and complete documents in a legible and understandable form and to make calculations. Candidates will also need to be able to organise written information clearly and coherently, although they will not be assessed for spelling or grammatical accuracy unless these are part of the assessment criteria.  


For the Level 3 Diploma assessment methods include:

  • Written assignments
  • Written exam
  • Practical exams/demonstrations

Where does this Lead

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer/the public that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting or seeking the services of a Professional Dog Groomer.

Future Opportunities

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

  • Professional dog groomer
  • Manager of a dog-grooming salon

Extra Costs

You will expected to wear suitable clothing including non-slip full flat shoes during practical sessions an you will be required to use your own equipment student kits can be purchased through the college at a discounted price.

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