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In the spotlight: Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming


In August 2017, the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming was discontinued for new registrations, being replaced by the Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming.  The new programme has become the only City & Guilds recognised dog grooming qualification available at this level. This naturally begs the question: what do we know about the new qualification?

What’s new:

  • Completion of the Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants is now a perquisite for studying the programme.
  • Since the change, there are far fewer training providers running level 3 programmes. This is because both new and existing centres who wish to offer the qualification must go through City & Guilds’ full Qualification Approval Process; there is no fast track approval for this qualification.
  • There are no optional units within this qualification; instead the programme is made up of four mandatory units: Health and safety, legislation and code 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 recording keeping in a dog grooming environment.
  • In order to achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming, students were required to demonstrate achievement against units or subsets of the qualification content in order to gain enough credits to pass. By contrast, the Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming requires students to bring together and apply learning from across the qualification during one set of practical assessments. During the assessments, candidates will be given occupationally relevant problems to solve or outcomes to achieve; covering health checks, first aid and the grooming of dogs with different coat types and for different requirements.
  • Additionally, successful completion of the qualification will require learners to pass a written exam, which covers the theory within the mandatory units.

Dog Grooming training at The College of Animal Welfare

We run both the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants, and the Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming from our centres in Huntingdon and Leeds.

Key Facts

Block or Day release study options
Our dog grooming qualifications can be undertaken on either a day release or block release basis, meaning you can choose a method of study which fits around existing commitments. As a day release student you would attend college part time, one day per week. Suitably qualified and experienced block release students would attend college full time, from Monday to Friday for a set number of weeks.

Pay as you learn
Unlike many other colleges, our Level 3 dog grooming course fees can be either paid in before the beginning of the course, or via our monthly payment scheme. What’s more – if you are over 19 years of age and undertake the Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming, you may be entitled to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help fund your studies! Find out more about fees and finance

Practical learning
Working with our qualified groomers in the College’s state-of-the-art dog grooming suites, there is a significant emphasis placed on developing practical skills throughout our programmes, giving you the skills and experience needed to stand out and progress within the industry.

For further information regarding our dog grooming training visit Alternatively, contact us at or on 01480 422060.

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