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Please find details on all of our dog grooming courses, funding and the enrolment process below.                                            

                                    Some of the many benefits of training with us
  • Professional training in a multi-award-winning Studio (2-time winners of the grooming school/business of the year award)
  • Choose how many days you train each week/month. You can choose consecutive or non-consecutive training dates to suit your lifestyle. Start and complete our courses any time of the year  
  • Animal welfare is paramount at KD; therefore, we do not reduce the guided learning hours/course lengths to rush you through your training. This will stand you apart from the less experienced groomers once you are in the professional sphere and mean you provide the best care possible for your clients and their beloved pets. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing it well
  • We provide an after-care service so our students can contact us after completing their courses for any advice they may need. You are never alone and always part of TeamKD!
  • On our Level 3 course you learn basic business set up skills as well as marketing advice and gain an accredited first aid certificate, lasting 3 years (saving you lots of money and time)
  • Our senior team groom competitively around the world, winning numerous awards, so you benefit from the most up to date industry knowledge & training as well as gaining access to the wider world of grooming
  • We only teach 2-4 students per course/day, so you receive lots of 1-1 tuition
  • We offer 0% payment instalment plans to help you pay for your course(s)
  • We host an annual charity dog grooming competition, Supergroom South West, offering our students a great opportunity to network in the wider industry
  • We have a 100% student pass rate for all courses. We want you to be as successful as we are because your abilities reflect our teaching at the end of the day
  • The hours are great! Mon-Fri 10:00-4:00 
  • FREE membership to The Groomers Spotlight  (upon completion of the Level 3 course)
C&G Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants (No experience required)

Level 2 – Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants (20 days) 

This City and Guilds dog grooming course is designed for learners beginning their career in dog grooming and with little or no prior knowledge or experience of dog grooming and wishing to begin their career as a dog grooming assistant.

Topics covered in the training include: preparing a dog for grooming, recognising signs of ill health and understanding how this may affect the grooming process, bathing and drying dogs with a range of coat types and basic trimming requirements.


The course assessment comprises of one online, multiple choice exam covering the knowledge and understanding required to work as a dog grooming assistant and five practical tasks, including the bathing and drying of dogs, nail clipping and maintaining the working environment. 

Guided learning hours: 180

Please click here to access the City & Guilds qualification handbook for this dog grooming course.

Level 2 Units 

City & Guilds Number Unit Title Credit Value
Unit 201 Prepare and groom dogs prior to bathing 28
Unit 202 Bathing of dogs 26
Unit 203 Dry dogs and prepare a dog for styling 22
Unit 204 Carry out a trimming of a dog’s coat prepare for styling 43
Unit 205 Move and lift dogs 7
Unit 206 Maintain the cleanliness and biosecurity of the dog grooming environment 16
Unit 207 Professional Conduct 8
Unit 208 Introduction to anatomical features, breed characteristics and behaviour of dogs 32


Students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of registration and will have 3 years to complete the qualification. Fee: £4800 (including VAT)  Prices are subject to change. 

You are required to have all the equipment on our course kit list. You are welcome to purchase the full kit from us at a reduced price or provide your own if it is of good quality and suitable to use on our client’s pets. The full kit costs £900 (including VAT) and we will send you the full details upon enrolment. Prices are subject to change. 



C&G Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma (Level 2 required for this course)

City & Guilds Level 3 – Dog Grooming Diploma (40 days) 

 Learners who have previously completed the level 2 dog grooming course can progress onto the City and Guilds level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming. The level 3 dog grooming course covers topics including health and safety, legislation, customer service, preparing, styling and finishing a dog groom, health checking dogs, canine first aid, common canine diseases and disorders and handling a dog in a dog grooming environment. 

The training will provide the practical skills required to professionally style dogs of all coat types and those who need adjustments to the grooming process due to their health conditions. The course also covers the knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to work as a professional dog groomer in line with legislation and welfare requirements. 

The externally set practical assessments contain six tasks including styling dogs with different coat types and demonstrating canine first aid. Learners will also undertake a written exam, held in June and November each year. 

Please note candidates must hold the Level 2 City & Guilds Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants before starting the level 3 course.


  • One written, exam covering the knowledge and understanding within the qualification.
  • Six practical tasks, including four grooming assessments, canine first aid and health and safety. 


Guided Learning Hours: 300


  • ERD – June 6th, 2023, 10:00 – 4:00
  • EXAM – June 13th, 2023, 9:30-11:30
  • ERD – November 1st, 2023 10:00-4:00
  • EXAM November 8th 2023 9:30-11:30

Once this qualification has been successfully completed, groomers can progress onto the Higher Diploma.

Please click here to access the City and Guilds Dog Grooming qualification handbook

 *Included in the fee is a 1 year free membership with The Groomers Spotlight and a 3 year accredited First Aid Certificate. 

£8640 (including VAT) * included in this fee is a 1 year free membership with The Groomers Spotlight upon completion of the course. Prices are subject to change. 

You are required to have all the equipment on our course kit list. You are welcome to purchase the full kit from us at a reduced price or provide your own if it is of good quality and suitable to use on our client’s pets. The full kit costs £900 (including VAT) and we will send you the full details upon enrolment. Prices are subject to change. 

Reduced Learning Hour Courses for Experienced/Professional Groomers

This programme is ideal for experienced groomers who have at least five years of full-time grooming experience and want to become certified in a shorter space of time, subject to C&G approval. It will save you both time and money and ensure you are fully qualified in line with your competitors as the industry becomes more regulated and popular. In order to be considered for a reduced learning hour (RLH) course you will first need to provide us with evidence of your work. Please note that the onus is on you to provide evidence that clearly and honestly demonstrates your abilities because you may be required to extend your course should it not reflect your skills once you start training with us. 

Vocational/Bespoke Courses

Vocational/bespoke courses can be tailored to suit your needs. 

Dog Walking Courses


The Level 2 City & Guilds Certificate of Competency in Dog Walking, and the Level 2 City  has been produced in association with PIF and it is designed to cover the main issues and responsibilities that professional dog walkers and pet sitters encounter during their work.

The course covers:

  • Lone working
  • Breeds
  • Handling
  • Behaviour
  • First Aid & Emergencies
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Legislation

The qualifications will provide reassurance and peace of mind to pet owners that their pets are in the best possible hands. Each course is run over two and-a-half days, and assessment will be undertaken by City and Guilds approved assessors and will comprise written tasks and practical assessments. Please contact us for the next dates. £576 (including VAT) – prices subject to change


Funding & Enrolment Process

FUNDING – Please contact us to discuss your full funding options. 

We offer 0% Payment Installment Plans- please contact us for the full details. 

City & Guilds Bursaries –


  • Provide us with a rough idea of how soon you would like to start training and how many days you would ideally like to attend each week/month and we will send you a list of dates to choose from
  • Once the exact dates have been agreed we will send you an invoice for the 25% deposit to secure your place and a registration form. If you are enrolling on a short course you may be asked for payment in full. 
  • We work on a first come first serve basis so until the deposit has cleared in our account and the registration form has been completed and returned, your chosen dates will be available for other applicants to book
  • The final payment and course kit (if you purchase one from us) will be due at least two weeks before your course commences. 
A note from the Director Kelly Davis
Hello and thank you very much for your interest in our dog grooming courses. I hope that you find the following information helpful. Student numbers are limited on my dog grooming courses to ensure intensive and individual tuition. On the first day, a theory folder is supplied which contains a vast amount of knowledge needed to support you during and after your course. I provide the model dogs for you and fortunately we have an excellent variety of breeds in our area so you will gain lots of experience working with many different breeds. We closely supervise your work and at the end of each day you will be supplied with a comment sheet. This is an overview of your day’s work, broken down into specific sections with constructive criticism. I work hard to ensure that my students have the skills and confidence to build successful careers in the pet grooming industry. My aim is to provide good value for money on all of our courses and our feedback speaks for itself! Please find full course details below and please contact us if you have any questions. My team and I are always happy to help! I look forward to welcoming you on to one of our courses. Yours Sincerely, Kelly Davis