CG_APPC_4C_POSDog Grooming Courses and Training

The Pet Industry Federation and the British Dog Groomers' Association have developed a variety of dog grooming courses, for groomers at every level. Some of these are nationally accredited courses and are run in conjunction with City & Guilds. Important changes came into effect in November 2009, when the qualifications were moved over to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) - the new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Dog grooming is a rewarding career and a growing industry with more and more dog owners taking advantage of the services offered by grooming salons. If you are just coming into the industry and are looking to gain a qualification, there are three main routes becoming a dog groomer:

  • Through a fee-paying course at a private Accredited Grooming Training Centre
  • Through a Further Education College
  • Learning the skills on-the-job working with an experienced qualified groomer.

You can access the list of our accredited grooming training centres, all of which offer a range of dog grooming training and courses.

The Pet Industry Federation runs three qualifications in conjunction with City & Guilds, each of them aimed at groomers at various stages in their career:
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants
Beyond this, the British Dog Groomers' Association runs a Higher Diploma in Dog Grooming, an advanced qualification to show the expertise and skill required from the experienced groomer in a commercial environment. Please see the related page for more information
*** Please read the information about using the term 'City & Guilds Qualified' on your promotional material***

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