Pet Care Business Courses


The following courses are Ofqual regulated qualifications 

Kennel and Cattery Management Diploma Level 3


The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Kennel and Cattery Management studies the care & welfare of dogs and cats, feline & canine behaviour, animal welfare legislation and the management of kennels and catteries. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Level 3


The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare consists of 7 units. The qualification studies the care of canines in kennels & dog day care/dog boarding, canine welfare, first aid, training, behaviour, handling, transportation, legislation and grooming.  This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

Feline Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Level 3


The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Feline Care, Behaviour and Welfare is a comprehensive qualification consisting of 8 units. The qualification studies the care of cats in catteries, nutrition, handling & transportation, anatomy & physiology, felines & the law as well as feline behaviour &  psychology. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

The following courses are Quality Endorsed Courses

Dog Grooming Diploma Course



The Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is designed to assist students develop the skills and knowledge for careers running a dog grooming business or working as a dog groomer. Excellent value for money, this course includes 2 weeks practical training with a professional City and Guilds dog groomer.

Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Pet Sitting and Dog Walking is ideal training for setting up a new business as a Professional Pet Sitter and Dog Walker. Gaining this Level 3 Diploma will re-assure pet owners that you have sufficient knowledge to take care of their pets.

Dog Walking Certificate Level 3    


The Level 3 Dog Walking Certificate course is suitable for setting up a dog walking business. Gain the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to be a successful dog walker. Learn how to set up a dog walking business, the equipment required, how to carry out basic health checks, first aid for dogs, understanding dog body language and more.


Pet Shop Studies Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Pet Shop Management studies companion animal care & welfare, nutrition, grooming, health & hygiene, environmental enrichment, health checks, legislation and customer care. The course is suitable for pet shop managers, pet shop owners and customer care staff working in pet shops.

Pet Bereavement Support Certificate 

The Certificate in Pet Bereavement Counselling explores how best to support someone who has lost a beloved animal through euthanasia, accident or natural death. Pet Bereavement Counsellors are employed by animal welfare charities and veterinary surgeries.

Canine First Aid Certificate


This 1 day intensive practical canine first aid course is held regularly in Malvern, Worcestershire. The course is relevant to anyone working with dogs in a veterinary, animal hydrotherapy, animal charity or private business capacity as well as for dog owners. The training provides comprehensive information and an opportunity to practice how to respond in the event of an emergency. 

2 Day Dog Trainer Course


This 2 day intensive theory and practical dog training course provides an excellent introduction for dog training careers. The course is also suitable for dog owners wanting to learn more about how to gain connection rather than control of their dogs. Learn about canine body language, how dogs learn, how to teach calm, connected walking and impulse control.  The course also includes an introduction to using a clicker/marker. 



Working with animals and running your own pet care business can be the ideal career for many people. Increasingly people are using Dog Walking, Pet Sitting and Dog Home Boarding to ensure their pets are well cared for whilst they are away or working during the day. 


Running your own pet care business can be an extremely rewarding way to combine a love of animals with earning an income. Different businesses working with pets include dog walking, dog and cat grooming, dog home boarding, animal behaviourist, pet shop manager, pet taxis and more. For those who provide good quality care for animals, there are always returning customers.


We offer Ofqual approved qualification that meet the new Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) requirements. These qualifications provide knowledge about running pet care businesses as well as re-assure customers. These courses are studied at your own pace and successful completion results in an Ofqual regulated qualification.


Pet Care Courses

To assist pet care businesses with meeting  the new Regulations for Animal Activities Licensing (AAL), we have developed a range of courses and qualifications that are Ofqual regulated and will ensure a  License is issued or renewed for dog boarding, dog day  care, dog home boarding, cat boarding, breeders and pet shop businesses.


We are the largest organisation in the UK offering Ofqual regulated qualifications that meet rigorous government regulated standards. 

The pet care business courses that we offer are designed to provide accredited training for a variety of careers working with companion animals. We have many students who have gone on to successful careers working in the pet care sector.


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