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Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

Ofqual Code 610/3152/5
Guided Learning Hours 270
Total Qualification Time 383
Start Date Anytime
Enrolment will be valid for 2 years
Study mode Online & Practical
Award type Diploma
Assessment Method Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence/workbook
Qualification Level 3
Location of Practical Placement 25 days of practical training in The Wirral
Entry Criteria Learners should be aged 16 or above, be able to work at level 3 standard and be comfortable around dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments.
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Units 6
Perfect for Anyone looking to gain advanced knowledge to become a fully-fledged Dog Groomer, and even open your own dog grooming salon.
The Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is a flexible and thorough qualification that will prepare learners to carry out practical grooming and care of dogs. Learners will gain knowledge of potential health issues for dogs and skills in canine first aid. The training is flexible with immaculate attention to detail. The balance between theory and practice reflects the current and future trends of the canine grooming industry.

The learning is made up of theoretical and practical units related to canine health and wellbeing and maintaining dogs’ coats. It provides a thorough understanding of the preparation required to plan grooming sessions through to styling and finishing for a variety of dog breeds and coat types. The qualification also covers how to welcome and care for customers.

This Ofqual regulated qualification has been designed for learners who wish to qualify as professional dog groomers with a nationally recognised and well regarded qualification. This qualification will enable learners to seek employment within the canine care sector or to set up their own dog grooming business.

This qualification includes 25 days of practical training at one of the top-of-the-range dog grooming salon and training academies in Moreton (Wirral).

During your practical training, you will work alongside trained and highly experienced dog grooming professionals. This valuable, hands-on experience will allow you to enhance your skill set and develop your grooming and styling techniques by practising on clients (dogs) in a safe dog grooming salon. 

Your practical training days will include:

•    Learning how to prepare for and carry out styling and finishing techniques for different breeds/coats/types of dogs
•    Learning how to maintain and use relevant equipment
•    Learning how to safely bathe and dry a range of dogs

Unit 1

Unit 1: Styling and Finishing of Dogs

On completion of this unit, learners will gain the knowledge and skills surrounding the styling and finishing of dogs.

Unit 2

Unit 2: Animal Health and Welfare

On completion of this unit, learners will gain the knowledge and skills surrounding promoting and maintaining animal health and welfare, including recording and reporting on an animal’s physical condition and potential welfare issues.

Unit 3

Unit 3: Assess and Plan Dog Grooming Work

On completion of this unit, learners will gain the knowledge and skills to assess, plan and record all aspects of dog grooming.

Unit 4

Unit 4: Canine Health and First Aid

On completion of this unit, learners will gain the knowledge and skills of Canine Health and first aid. Learners will gain understanding of how to assess and examine injured dogs, in addition to how to treat the injuries.

Unit 5

Unit 5: Dog Grooming Health Checks on a Dog

On completion of this unit, learners will gain the knowledge and skills to complete health checks on a dog during dog grooming.

Unit 6

Unit 6: Engaging with Dog Grooming Clients

On completion of this unit, learners will gain the knowledge and skills to effectively engage with dog grooming clients.

Why Study Dog Grooming?

Dog grooming is a popular career choice for those wishing to work in canine and companion animal care. Employment prospects within the canine care industry are set to grow as demand for professional dog groomers increases. 

A regularly groomed dog will feel comfortable and happy with a healthy looking coat. Consistent and regular grooming can prevent problems such as excessive shedding and painful mats. Additionally, it can help to recognise and locate other problems, for example, sores, fleas, lumps, cuts, rashes, bad teeth and even some diseases/conditions etc. that may otherwise go unnoticed.

This Ofqual regulated qualification will equip learners with an understanding of how to prepare, style and finish a variety of dog breeds. 

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