City & Guilds qualifications - the route to professional dog grooming

City & Guilds qualifications - the route to professional dog grooming

Dog grooming is an unregulated industry at the present time.  However, it is very important that aspiring professional groomers are properly trained so that they can work safely (protecting themselves and dogs from serious injury), and deliver a groom that meets an acceptable standard of work for the client. 

I have been successfully delivering training and assessment for City & Guilds qualifications since 2014 here at Canis, and have also delivered the same programs in a college setting which is a less intensive learning experience for students.   I also work with pet owners interested in learning how to groom their own pets and have been able to show them simplified techniques, as well as help them with their equipment purchases.  

The courses offered are flexible (any time start, any number of days per week), and are bespoke to the student's needs, and we don't take more than 2 people at a time to ensure full support throughout the course:

  • City & Guilds 7763-02 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants - 8 days of work experience + 20 days of training and assessment. Includes a first aid course and student equipment pack - £2950
  • City & Guilds 7863-03 Diploma for Dog Grooming Stylists - 8 days of work experience + 40 days of training and assessment.  Includes a first aid course - note that it is mandatory that students must already hold the 7763-02 qualification, level 2 dog grooming apprenticeship qualification prior to joining this course - £4500
  • Introduction to Dog Grooming for a Living - either 20 days or 30 days, without assessment/qualification - includes basic equipment pack - £2200/£3300 (students following this program can opt in to take the C&G level 2 assessments before the end of their course for an additional fee, if they wish to)
  • Taster Days - for those considering dog grooming as a career change - £95.00 (fee refundable against a 20+ day course fee)

We also offer reduced learning hours pathways to City & Guilds qualifications for candidates who are already involved in the dog grooming industry either 7763-02 or 7863-03.  We would need to review your experience, qualifications, and assess your current skill level prior to accepting you on to a course, but call us to discuss this if you are interested.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of our courses, then please call Judy to discuss your needs.

If you would like to know more, we can call you to discuss your training needs - click here and send us your phone number

For information about prices, terms and conditions, booking form, then please click to load a pdf file with the information.

2018 Canis Grooming Booking Form ^LL0 Contract (17).pdf

If you would like to view the qualification handbooks for the City & Guilds courses we offer, then please click below to load the files.


7863 - 03 L3 Diploma.pdf

High quality training is important in order to achieve business success, but it is expensive, and so learning loans are available through the Cooperative Bank who offer professional and career development loans

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