Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming and Introduction to Styling

Ofqual Code 603/5990/0
Qualification Level 3
Award type Certificate
Guided Learning Hours 238 hours (including 15 days of practical training)
Study mode Online theory and 15 days practical. Practical booked in 1 week blocks. Own grooming equipment required.
Location of Practical Placement Winsford,Cheshire. Scroll down page for more details of practical.
Start Date Anytime
Entry Criteria Open to anyone aged 16 or over. Learners are required to have a good understanding of the english language and have good physical mobility and physical fitness.
Credits 24
Enrolment will be valid for 2 years
Assessment Method Assessment will take the form of a range of in depth theory assessments for each unit, as well as practical training assessments.
Units 5
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Course fees £2,995

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Course Summary

This iPET Network Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming and Introduction to Styling is suitable for those wishing to work as a Dog Groomer. The qualification is also relevant for anyone already working as a Dog Groomer but lacking a relevant qualification.

This comprehensive course equips students with the essential skills and techniques for starting a career as a professional Dog Groomer. The qualification consists of 5 in-depth theory units and 15 days of practical dog grooming training. Learners will work with qualified dog grooming professionals, gaining valuable hands-on experience with a range of different dog breeds with various coat types, thereby fully preparing learners for a career as a Dog Groomer.

Unit # 1

Health and Safety in a Dog Grooming Environment

This unit explores the essentials of health and safety in a dog grooming context. Gain the knowledge, skills and understanding in how to promote and maintain the health and welfare of animals by following best practices of health and safety. Learners will gain an understanding of the relevant animal welfare requirements and learn to recognise welfare issues and take specific measures to improve a dog’s environmental conditions.

Unit # 2

Promote the Welfare of Dogs conforming with Relevant Legislation

This unit explores the importance of canine welfare as well as the relevant canine legislation – essential information for a dog groomer. Learners will gain an understanding of how to provide and maintain care for animals in a way that is consistent with relevant legislation, minimising stress and injury in the grooming environment. Learn how to identify and record welfare concerns that might indicate the following: Disease, disability, disorders, pest infestation, trauma and stress. This unit also includes information about two types of zoonotic diseases and the precautions necessary to maintain hygiene and safety for yourself and your dog client.

Unit # 3

Assess and Plan Dog Grooming Styles and Maintenance of Equipment

This unit explores the importance of essential equipment maintenance, whilst developing a working understand of the preparation before dog grooming. Learn how to assess and plan the styling requirements and appearance of a dog and how to plan the work according to the client requirements or breed standard by considering the coat condition and the individual appearance of a range of dog breeds. Learn about the types of problems which may occur during the grooming process and how these should be dealt with. Gain an understanding of how to prepare, maintain and use relevant equipment and record equipment used.

Unit # 4

Health Checking, Handling and Canine Behaviour

In this unit, learners will study the principles of dog handling and canine behaviour, as well as how to carry out health checks. Explore the possible breed defects that could affect the health of a dog throughout the grooming process and the adjustments that can be made. Identify the 7 Kennel Club breed groups and the behaviour traits and characteristics of each breed group. Learn how dogs communicate with body language, vocalisations, and behaviour – identifying signs of stress. Identify unexpected behaviours and methods of how to reduce the behaviour. Identify techniques for handling, restraining, and controlling a dog to include the correct method of moving joints. Use appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for handling and restraining. This comprehensive unit also contains information about how to identify, report, and record the health status of a dog and how to monitor and report the good and poor signs of a dog’s appearance and physical condition. Additionally, learners will be able to identify the signs, problems and treatment caused by ectoparasitic and endoparasites and learn how to prevent further infestation including communication with the owner.

Unit # 5

Prepare, Style and Finish a range of Dog Breeds

In this final unit, learners will gain theory of how to effectively groom a variety of dog breeds, from preparation to styling and finishing. The unit includes information about: How to use appropriate techniques to handle and restrain a range of dogs with different temperaments during the preparation and styling. Identify the health and safety risks to the dog and handler during the grooming process. How health and safety risks can be reduced for the dog and handler during the grooming process. The unit also contains information about effective handling and restraining techniques whilst carrying out a range of tasks using a variety of equipment. Learn how to carry out bathing techniques using appropriate shampoo for dog’s coat types and condition of the coat. Learn about the styling requirements by the breed pattern and client requirements. (to cover a range of coat types) including:

• Head / Face (clean face e.g. poodle, clean head e.g. spaniel, eyebrows, beard e.g. Schnauzer and round e.g. Lhasa Apso)
• Ears (clean, natural, spaniel. e.g. breed standard, blended)
• Body (skirt, tuck, clean)
• Legs (clean, feathered, furnishings, column
• Feet (round, e.g. Shih Tzu, Cat e.g. Spaniels, clean, natural)
• Tail (flag, carrot, e.g. West Highland Terrier, clean, blended)

As part of this unit, learners will groom at least 10 dogs to include a minimum of 5 different breeds, covering the 4 coat types. The range of coat types will include: Double coat, wool mix coat, wire coat, silk coat, wool coat, short and smooth. Learners will complete the agreed style within the realistic timescale, agreed plan, coat type, breed pattern and client’s requirements, in line with health and safety requirements. The unit includes information about hand stripping.

15 Day Practical Training

This course includes invaluable practical training, held at the advanced COVID-secure dog grooming training school in Winsford, Cheshire, UK.

During your 15-days of practical, you will work alongside trained and highly experienced dog grooming professionals.

This unique learning experience will allow you to work on your dog grooming and health and safety procedures. You will also be able to practice the grooming and styling techniques on several clients (dogs) with a range of coats styles and lengths.

Throughout your training, you will be monitored, supported, and assessed by experienced dog grooming tutors.

At the end of your practical training, you will be equipped with the confidence and the experience to apply for roles in the dog grooming sector.

Please note that as a covid precaution, it is mandatory for learners to have their own grooming equipment when attending the practical training. A comprehensive dog grooming kit is available to purchase from our practical training provider for the amount of £450. Alternatively, learners can provide their own equipment. If you decide to provide your own equipment, our training provider will need to approve your equipment list to ensure it is suitable before you attend the placement.



This qualification has been created using the highest dog grooming education standards and includes the following units:

  • Health and safety in a dog grooming environment
  • Promote the welfare of dogs conforming with relevant legislations
  • Assess and plan dog grooming styles and maintenance of equipment
  • Health checking, handling and canine behaviour
  • Prepare, style and finish a selection of dog coasts across a variety of dog breeds

Why Study Dog Grooming?

Dogs are highly sociable animals and a career working with dogs is extremely rewarding. Working with dogs is a popular career choice, dog grooming vacancies tend to attract lots of applicants and it is, therefore, important to gain relevant training and a recognised qualification before applying for vacancies. Dog grooming is a popular role for anyone wishing to work with dogs, which comes as no surprise as the work itself is extremely fulfilling. Grooming is an important part of a dog’s health and well-being. Brushing encourages healthy skin and good growth of a new coat, as it stimulates the blood supply to the skin, removes dead hair and dirt and prevents matting. Every dog, regardless of coat type, size, breed, or age should receive regular grooming – so dog groomers are in high demand for their services.

What you will study

Learners studying this iPET Network Level 3 Dog Grooming Certificate, will develop skills in how to prepare, style and finish a variety of dog breeds. Learners will gain both theory and practical skills such as prepping, bathing, scissoring, clipping, styling, and nail trimming on a range of different dog breeds. The theory aspect of the course is available online, to start at any time. Practical elements are covered over a minimum of 15 days at an established dog grooming school. During the practical grooming sessions, learners will gain hands-on experience in preparing, styling, and finishing a range of different dog breeds.

There are no pre-requisites necessary to start this certificate, although you must be aged 16 or over to enrol. Students are required to have a good understanding of the english language and to have good physical mobility and physical fitness.


Careers with Dogs

This iPET Network Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming is suitable for learners who want to develop the necessary skills and tools to seek a career in the fast-growing dog grooming sector. Successful completion of this Ofqual regulated qualification demonstrates to employers that learners have the correct theory and practical training for the skills required as a professional dog groomer. Alternatively, the iPET Network  Level 3 Award in an Introduction to Dog Grooming or the iPET Network  Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management, are suitable qualifications for anyone looking for further combinations of theoretical and hands-on experience in Dog Grooming.

If you would like more information on Canine Careers, please visit our Careers with Dogs page, or alternatively, you may like to Contact Us to speak directly with one of our animal professionals.


Animal Courses Direct accepts no liability or responsibility for practical placements. Practical training is carried out entirely at the user’s own risk and learners are required to sign our waiver form and obtain their own travel insurance as appropriate. Where a deposit is requested, this is non refundable. Students are required to pay course fees in full prior to attending the practical placement. Practical placement dates may change and are subject to availability, please see our T&Cs.

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