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.   Our aim at Canis is to ensure that our students are thoroughly prepared to start their new businesses with good practical grooming skills and industry knowledge along with first aid skills as well as important qualifications which will help to reassure their new clients that their pet is in safe hands.  College courses are a much less intensive learning experience for students owing to the fact that these are not professional grooming salons so lack the variety of dogs, or skilled, qualified groomers to provide one to one training necessary for the learner to develop in-depth skill and knowledge, and the hours of practical salon exposure are significantly less.   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 - though 2 or 3 days a week is best), and are bespoke to the student's needs, and we don't take more than 2 students 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 - £3500.00
  • City & Guilds 7863-03 Diploma for Dog Grooming Stylists -  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
  • City & Guilds level 2 and level 3 combined - 40 days of training and assessment (8 days of initial work experience), 5 days of guided home study, first aid course (10 hours of home study with certificate) - £5,900
  • Introduction to Dog Grooming - a 5 day course intended for dog walkers, home boarders, pet owners where all the basics of health checking, bathing, brushing and detangling and some basic clipper and scissor work, safe restraint, trimming nails are covered - we include a first aid course with certificate of training (10 hours of home study) as well as a certificate of attendance - £1000
  • 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 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.

2020 Canis Course Booking Form and Contract.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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