Your Diploma can be achieved after you have been through the guided learning hours, which is a minimum of 300 and can style a spaniel, a short-legged terrier, a long-legged terrier or schnauzer and a poodle. You will be assessed with the dogs pre-prepared for your exam, ready for your grooming to be assessed. This runs along the same line as the certificate, graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction.
Your Higher Diploma now wants to see a further level of competency. You will be expected to now groom to a very high standard but also show some business and legal knowledge. This requires several assessment of different grooming techniques and also essays to demonstrate your understanding of business management and where you can progress your own learning and standards of dog grooming. The modules taken here directly feed into the LCGI Level 4 PRA award and contribute to the qualification.
LCGI (Level 4 PRA award)
With the previous accreditation system, the LCGI was the highest recognition of ability with the grooming industry. It not only highlights exceptional grooming skills but also shows some level of competency in terms of salon operations.
AfCGI (Level 5 PRA award)
This is a further step of expertise from a business perspective. You are now expected to not only groom to an exceptional standard but also to manage a salon effectively, including taking into account customer service, longevity of success, adapting to change and managing resources, including looking for pioneering innovation within the industry.
GCGI (Level 6 PRA award)
Being a leader, not only within your business but also to be responsible for high standards and innovation within your industry. Be able to adapt to and lead change within your business and further afield for the medium term future. Have excellent customer skills and groom exceptionally.
MCGI (Level 7 PRA award)
This is the highest status that can be given in recognition of professional achievements by City and Guilds. This would show a real customer lead focus to your business, adapting to new technology and knowledge and continually looking to improve and help those around you. You would be involved in creating long term plans to sculpt a future for no only your business but for it to impact the industry as well.