City & Guilds Level 3 Intensive Course in Dog Grooming

This course is designed for those that are truly serious about setting up their own dog grooming business but do not yet have the experience of already having the City and Guilds Level 2 qualification. This includes the Level 2 qualification for Dog Grooming Assistants

The course structure is based on a holistic approach, where you are assessed through a synoptic assignment during the course. This looks to combine all of your knowledge learnt during the course through both the practical skills and also the theory, which is taught both on site and through e-learning.

You are assessed on how to produce a fantastic groom and show the basics of understanding how a salon can be run, your Level 2 and Level 3 portfolios, and you have one written assessment that occurs twice a year.

This is a very intensive programme to deliver the best commercial results, so you must be over 18, be commercially focused and determined to succeed. 

To ensure that you are well supported throughout, you have access to revision material, supporting content and regular involvement from GroomArts Academy to help you be very successful in your City and Guilds written assessment and also moving forward and having a happy and professional business.

What you'll get

The confidence and skills to set up your own dog grooming business

Comprehensive GroomArts Academy training manual

Theory of 5 book by Melissa Verplanck to help with your shaping and styling

A City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate

A professional GroomArts Academy certificate

A City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma Certificate

A Wahl equipment bag

Assorted grooming tools

A personal learning folder

What the course entails

This course is for those who are passionate about pets, serious about changing career or wanting to start a new business. Our award-winning tutors will guide you and build your knowledge, skills and confidence throughout your course.

This is a very intensive programme to deliver the best commercial results, so you must be commercially focused and determined to succeed. You are required to book a minimum of one month in advance to give you sufficient time to access relevant material before you start the course.

During the course you will sit a series of practical and theory assessments as part of your City & Guilds modules that count to your qualification. Your work will also be photographed and will be included in your portfolio of work.


You will spend four weeks Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm in house with us covering the practical work. However, before, during and after your course you have access to our online learning platform to cover the theory knowledge.

The online learning is mandatory, as this time is logged and is essential in you achieving your overall City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma.

What you'll need to buy

We require students to buy their own scissors so that they can get used to their own equipment. You do not need to buy these before you join us, we carry a small range or we can recommend where to purchase them. You use your scissors every day so invest in them!

All other equipment we will provide during your course.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the City & Guilds course?

Four weeks full time in house with us doing the practical side of things, and a minimum of four weeks of online study before, during and after your course.

What qualification will I receive?

A Level 3 Diploma, which is equivalent to an A Level, and a Level 2 certificate.

Is the qualification internationally recognised?

Yes, in 182 countries.

Can I get a job with the qualification / will it allow me to run a business?

Yes, a Level 3 Diploma will fully qualify you to do all aspects of grooming the dogs, as well as allowing you to run your own business.

Is there funding available?

You can find all the information on this under Affording Your Course in our Student Advice section.

What qualifications do I need?

None, all you need is to have a good grasp of English and a pen and paper!

What do I need to buy?

You will need to buy scissors for your course, however you can wait until you join us to get advice on what would work best for you.

How often do the courses run?

Monthly, but we tend to book up about 2 - 3 months in advance.

What’s the difference between OCN and City & Guilds?

With both you will be a fully qualified dog groomer, however OCN has no theory exams whereas City & Guilds has two.

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