Dog Grooming Training

City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Grooming Assistants

Professional courses

Key Information

Course Duration: 8 weeks
Level of Study: Professional

Course Overview

The qualification is suitable for school leavers or for adults looking for a change in career. It provides a valuable alternative for those candidates who do not have access to work-based qualifications.

What will I study on the course?

Health & Safety
Handling of dogs
Bathing and drying techniques
Dog breeds and their temperaments
Preparing dogs for styling and the correct selection of shampoo and equipment as well as basic clipping and trimming techniques

What makes this course special?

The tutor who will be instructing you is a Level 3 Qualified Dog Groomer with over 12 years’ experience in the canine industry.
You will be taught in our professional dog grooming salon that is fully equipped with a wide range of equipment to support the learners training.

How will I be assessed?

Synoptic assessments on a variety of dogs
Weekly workbooks
60 question end of course MCQ exam

Will this course lead to a qualification?

On successful completion of this course, you will gain a City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants (7863-02)

Can I progress to a higher level qualification?

Yes. On completion of the Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants, you can then go on to take the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming, although we do not currently offer this qualification. The Level 2 course is a prerequisite to the Level 3.

Entry Requirements

All candidates will be required to complete an initial assessment.
Candidates are required to meet a minimum of Level 2 in English and Maths for acceptance on the course.

Candidates must have completed the Hartpury College "Introduction to Dog Grooming" taster session or have previous experience and attend an interview with the Dog Grooming School manager. We run taster sessions throughout the year, please email to book.

Next dates available: 10 January and 28 January 2024

You must be 19+ to attend this course.

The City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants (7863-02) is a 15-day course over 7.5 weeks, comprising of practical and theory sessions.

Students are required to attend:

Practical Sessions: Sundays & Mondays - 8.30 – 17.30 for 7.5 weeks

Theory Sessions: Mondays 17:30-19:30 (in-person)

There is also an element of self-study at home for this course.

Our next courses will start in February 2024. Please get in touch to register your interest and we will update this page with information as it becomes available.

There are 6 places on each course and the course runs 4 times per year.

Telephone for availability: 01452 702501 or email: 

The full cost for this course is £1246. Funding is available to those who are eligible. Eligibility for any funding support can be explored following successful completion of the initial assessment. A full grooming kit bag with all the required equipment is to be purchased for £300 and is yours to keep. This includes clippers, blades, scissors and tools.

All course fees must be paid at least 4 weeks prior to the first day of the course. If we have not received full payment of course fees your place on the course cannot be guaranteed.

If you need to cancel your course, Hartpury College will refund tuition fees at the following rates: 

  1. Up to 30 days prior to the course start date – full refund of tuition fees*
  2. Between 30 and 14 days prior to the course start date –50% refund of tuition fees*
  3. Less than 14 days’ notice – no refund of tuition fees

*an administrative fee of £50 will be deducted from the refund value.

If Hartpury postpones or cancels the course and is unable to provide an alternative date(s) any tuition fees will be refunded in full.

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