Dog Grooming Qualifications

There are many different qualifications available for dog grooming. There are no regulations that require you to have a dog grooming qualification to start your own grooming business. However, as dog grooming is a hands on job, hands on practical training is highly recommended; an online course is not sufficient.

The City & Guilds qualifications are:

• 7763-02 Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants
• 7763-03 Level 3 Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming
• 7763-03 Level 3 Diploma for Professional Dog Stylists
• 7863-03 Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

It is a requirement to achieve the City & Guilds Level 2 qualification before you can take the City & Guilds 7863 Level 3 Diploma.
Summit’s training centres offer the  Level 2 Dog Groomers Assistant leading into the 7863 Level 3 Diploma if required. Our centres can also offer completion of the 7763 Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in  Dog Grooming providing registration with City & Guilds is in date.

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.  Please see the bottom of this page for information on the 7763-03-Dog Grooming Diploma.

If your registration has expired 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 Diploma – Assessment Breakdown

On Site at Training Centre:

Practical Assessment 1: Risk assessment for bathing a dog
Practical Assessment 2: Client consultation,  style a drop coat
Practical Assessment 3: Style a hand strip coat
Practical Assessment 4: Style a wool mix, clean and maintain equipment
Practical Assessment 5: Health check, style a breed standard trim

Practical Assessment 6: Carry out 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.