City and Guilds Dog Grooming Qualifications

City and Guilds Dog Grooming Qualifications

City and Guilds qualifications are necessary for people that want to specialise in a technical occupation like the business of dog grooming.

A City and Guilds qualification will prove you’re capable and most importantly, a certificate gives you the recognition and self confidence to succeed and prove your worth.

At Absolutely Animals, both our Gold and Platinum Dog Grooming Courses include the City and Guilds dog grooming qualification that you require to begin a career in the industry.

We offer a range of courses, including an assessment option for the City and Guilds dog grooming qualifications which is specifically aimed at competent dog stylists.

If you’re not sure which of our courses is right for you, have a look through our course pages or get in touch with a member of our team. They’ll be able to talk you through the City and Guilds dog grooming courses that we provide, and discuss the best option for you.


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The Level 2 qualification is ideal for anyone looking to begin or build a career in the dog grooming industry. There’s no need for any previous qualifications or experience in dog grooming for this specific course.

Over the 10 day period of the course, you will learn the skills and knowledge you need to become a dog groomer assistant, and will ultimately achieve the necessary City and Guilds dog grooming qualification for grooming assistants.

The level 2 is required before you can progress to level 3; our grooming for a living courses include this level 2 qualification.

The 10 day course consists of 6 different units:

  • Preparation and grooming of dogs prior to bathing
  • Bathing and cleaning dogs
  • Cleaning and maintaining grooming equipment
  • Controlling and restraining animals
  • Drying dogs and preparing coats for styling
  • Basic trimming of dogs’ coats
  • Absolutely Animals Manual
  • Open learning home studies

At the end of the course, you will be assessed on each unit by our professional team here at Absolutely Animals, and you will also take an Gola online test. The fee includes the qualification fee, along with your City and Guilds dog grooming qualification certificates.

Have a browse through the Level 2 7763-02 Qualification Handbook

Please note: New enrolments  for the Level 3 course (7763-03) have now ceased. However, if you have not completed the Diploma part of the qualification and are still within the 3 year time frame since initial enrolment, you can still complete, final time runs out in August 2020.

The Diploma for Professional Dog Stylists is aimed at those who have experience in the dog grooming industry. If you need help gaining the Diploma or find yourself lacking in experience of handling and styling different types of dogs, our course will help you.

To gain your full qualification, you will need to complete 4 of the units, between the following mandatory units and the optional units.

Mandatory units:

  • Hand stripping a dog (eg. a Border Terrier)
  • Styling and trimming a Spaniel’s coat
  • Styling and trimming a Short-Legged Terrier

Optional units (choose from one of the two):

  • Styling and trimming a Poodle’s coat
  • Styling and trimming a Long-Legged Terrier or Miniature Schnauzer

If you only want access to individual units or if you would like a package that is suited to your personal requirements, have a look at the document at the bottom of this section.


The fees for this course include registration, all assessments and the certification itself. We also offer a variation of professional support that is included in the price, including:

  • Mock exams
  • Individual tuition
  • Remote assistance
  • Supply of suitable dogs
  • Confirmation of your level of expertise to enter the exam

Register by filling in the forms below. If you are bringing your own dogs, please only fill in the form on the ‘Register here’ button.

Browse through the Diploma 7763-03 Qualification Handbook here.

city and guilds 7763-03 in dog grooming - level 3 pathway
city and guilds – level 3 pathway

The newly launched Level 3 Diploma(7863-03) in Dog Grooming has replaced the previous Level 3 option. The new course can be taken on a 23 day course with the team here at Absolutely Animals.

During the course, you will cover all the necessary skills to progress in a career as a professional dog groomer. The mandatory content covered over the period of 23 days includes:

  • Health and safety requirements
  • Legislation and codes of practice for the dog grooming industry
  • Preparing, styling, and finishing a dog’s coat
  • Including Practical skills of : Hand stripping, Scissoring, Clipping & Blending
  • Health-checking and handling a dog in a dog grooming environment
  • Customer service and record-keeping in a dog grooming environment


After completing the course, you will be assessed through an online written exam which will prove your knowledge and understanding within the qualification, as well as a practical assignment to show the important skills you’ve acquired during the course.

By achieving the ultimate qualification, you demonstrate to future employees or to future customers that you have all the necessary technical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting or seeking professional dog grooming services.

You must have previously completed the Level 2 Dog Grooming course (7763-02) to enrol on this exam. Candidates must also have completed a first aid training day – please see our exams page for animal first aid training days, hosted by a qualified RVN nurse.

You can have a look through the 7863-03_L3_Diploma_in_Dog_Grooming_Qualification_handbook_v1-3 pdf

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