Dog Grooming Qualifications

Available Dog Grooming Qualifications

The following is a brief guide to the City & Guilds dog grooming qualifications:

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Groomers Assistants
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma

As of 1st September 2017, it is a requirement of City & Guilds to have achieved the Level 2 Dog Groomers Assistant qualification before you can progress on to the Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma. At Look North, the Level 2 and Level 3 can be done over separate courses or both together.

Already established as a groomer or Groomers Assistant?

Established groomers or groomers’ assistants do not need to complete a full course although they will be required to attend a pre-qualification assessment. As a result of this assessment they may be advised to attend some tuition to reach the required standard. The qualification assessments can then be completed over a shorter period of time depending on the qualification being taken.

If you are an established groomer and have already successfully completed the original 7763-03-City & Guilds Level 3 Introductory qualification, you can still go on to complete the Level 3 Diploma part of this providing you are still within the 3 year registration period. If your registration has expired, you must re-register before the end of August 2017 thereby giving you another 3 years to complete the Diploma. To do this you need to contact us by phone. Please see the bottom of this page for information on the 7763-03-Dog Grooming Diploma.

If you do not re-register by this date, you will not be able to complete the 7763-03 Level 3 Diploma. At this point you can either remain at the Level 3 Introductory level or you can start from scratch with the new qualification and complete the 7763-02-Level 2 Dog Groomers Assistant followed by the new 7863-03 Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma as explained in the first paragraph.

New Qualification Structure

7763-02 – City & Guilds Level 2 Dog Groomers Assistant – Assessment Breakdown

On Site at Training Centre

Practical Assessment 1: Assess, groom out, bath and dry a dog, and clip nails
Practical Assessment 2: Cleaning bathing area, equipment (electrical & non electrical)
Practical Assessment 3: Fitting a muzzle
Practical Assessment 4: Lifting achondroplastic breeds
Practical Assessment 5: Receiving or booking in a dog
Practical Assessment 6: Remove excess hair and carry out a basic trim
Q&A Test: 4 X Short question & answer papers under exam conditions
002 Task D: Identify how to remove knots and tangles prior to bathing and grooming

1 x online multiple choice exam (30 minutes) – taken on-site at the end of the course

In own Time: Worksheets & Written Assignments
002 Task F: Health and safety, codes of practice and best practice guidance
003 Task D: Maintenance of equipment and waste disposal
004 Task E: Outline PPE
004 Task F: Present evidence to identify safe usage of restraint equipment
005 Task H: Maintenance schedule
005 Task I: Identify hazards

7863-03 – City & Guilds Level 3 Dog Grooming DiplomaAssessment Breakdown

On Site at Training Centre

Practical Assessment 1: Risk assessment, client consultation and style a wool mix coat
Practical Assessment 2: Health check and hand strip a dog
Practical Assessment 3: Style a drop coat and maintaining equipment
Practical Assessment 4: Style a dog to breed standard
Practical Assessment 5: First aid

There will also be written assignments and worksheets to complete to help you research and revise for the theory side of the qualification. These are to be completed both on-site and as part of home study.

1 x online written exam – to be sat under full exam conditions (2hrs). This exam is held twice a year in June and November at an external site and you will be given a choice of which month you want to sit it following completion of the practical and theory assessments.

7763-03 – Dog Grooming Diploma
If you have already achieved your City & Guilds 7763-03 Level 3 Introductory and you are still within the 3 year registration period, you can go on to complete the Diploma which consists of 3 set units as follows:

1. Unit 19 – Spaniel
2. Unit 20 – Short Legged Terrier
3. Either Unit 21 – Poodle OR Unit 22 – Long Legged Terrier/Schnauzer

These units can be completed all on one day or one at a time on different exam dates.
You must provide your own dogs.

Exams are held throughout the year at various locations.
When you have decided which date you would like to attend and are sure that you can provide the appropriate dog, go to and on the qualifications tab complete the Level 3 Diploma booking form.

Payment must be made straightaway either direct into the bank, by card over the phone or via PayPal. Instructions on this are on the booking form.

Once the form is submitted and payment has been received, your booking will be processed and you will be issued confirmation and a receipt. Please note that there may be a delay of a couple of weeks before you receive anything.