Which Course?

Which course should you choose?

You have probably now read the Courses & Prices page but may still be unsure which course is right for you. Hopefully the following will help but if you need further advice please contact Look North and speak to one of the team.

If you have no experience in dog grooming our courses offer various options depending on how you want to proceed.

Due to changes made to the grooming qualifications by City & Guilds, as of 1st September 2017 it is compulsory to achieve the 7763-02 Dog Groomers Assistant qualification before you can move onto the 7863-03 Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma.

You therefore have 3 options: (please go to Courses & Prices for the individual course costs and what is included)

12 Day Tuition Course – This covers the Level 2 Groomers Assistant only. You will receive all the tuition required to successfully achieve the qualification and during the course you will complete the practical and theory assessments and also the 30 minute on line multiple choice exam.

After completion of this course you will be ready to work for someone else as a Groomers Assistant.

You can then return at a later date to complete the 25 day Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma course or, if have received grooming tuition from a professional groomer you are working with, you may be ready for the 12 Day Level 3 qualification only. A pre-assessment half day is essential at this stage to establish the standard of your grooming.

20 Day Tuition Course – This covers everything in the 12 day course resulting in the Level 2 Dog Groomers Assistant qualification PLUS you will also receive trimming and styling tuition.

On completion of this course, whilst you will not be a qualified groomer, you will have the skills to begin grooming for yourself or working with another groomer.

After gaining a minimum of 6 months full time experience and attending a half day pre-qualification assessment, you can return to complete the fast track 12 Day Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma, qualification only. (Not to be confused with the 12 day Level 2 tuition course)

40 Day Tuition Course (32 days on site practical and 8 days home study) This course is the full package covering both the 7763-02 Level 2 Dog Groomers Assistant and also the 7863-03 Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma.

You will receive the tuition required to achieve both of these qualifications and after successful completion of this course you will be a fully qualified dog groomer ready to start your career.

Please note: you must be successful with the practical units, theory papers and the on-line exams to achieve the qualifications.


If you have already achieved the 7763-02 Level 2 Dog Groomers Assistant there are 2 options:

25 Day Tuition Course(20 days on site practical and 5 days home study) This is for those who are Level 2 qualified but have little or no trimming and styling experience. It covers the trimming and styling tuition to qualification standard and the practical and theory assignments which you will complete during the course. You will then need to sit the on-line 2 hour short answer exam.

12 Day Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma – Qualification only – This is for those who have already achieved the Level 2 Dog Groomers Assistant and a minimum of 6 months full time trimming and styling experience. A half day pre-qualification assessment is essential at this stage to establish that you are ready to complete the fast track qualification.


Final Exams:

The Level 2 exam is a 30 minute on-line multiple choice which you will complete at the end of the Level 2 section of the course.
The Level 3 Diploma exam is a 2 hour on-line short answer exam which is held twice a year in June and November.


For the pet owner wanting to learn to groom their own dog or the experienced groomer wanting to update styles and techniques there are other courses available.

Please see the Courses & Prices page for further information on these.