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 ’20 Day Plus’ Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma course or, if you have received grooming tuition from a professional groomer you are working with, you may be ready for the Level 3 qualification only. A pre-assessment half day is essential at this stage to establish the standard of your grooming and ascertain the length of course required.

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  Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma, qualification only. 

32 Day Plus Tuition Course  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 be required to complete guided home study to fulfill the required qualification guided learning hours and complete the 2 hour on line theory exam  in either June or November.

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:

’20 Day Plus’ Tuition Course 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 be required to complete guided home study to fulfill the required qualification guided learning hours and complete the 2 hour on line theory exam  in either June or November.

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 qualification and ascertain the length of time required. You will be required to complete guided home study to fulfill the required qualification guided learning hours and complete the 2 hour on line theory exam  in either June or November.


Theory 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.