City & Guilds Career Progression in Dog Grooming

City & Guilds is an awarding body which sets the International standards for skills and learning. All the dog grooming qualifications are skilled Credit Based Qualifications and sit within a regulated framework of all qualifications. The City & Guilds dog grooming qualifications provide a clear career progression pathway for you to follow. This year (2017) there have been some changes to the Level 3 diploma in dog grooming.

1. Qualification Pathway 

If you have not registered for your Diploma by August 2017, you will be required to take the NEW route below.
If you have registered by August 2017, you've still got three years to complete (that is, until August 2020).

2. The Benefits of the Career Progression Pathway

If you want to be a dog groomer, City and Guilds have set out a career progression pathway. The pathway starts at: level 2 which is aimed at a dog groomers assistant position. This qualification covers all relevant health and safety, handling, legislations etc. as well as basic preparations for styling a dog whereas the Level 3 is a qualification which tests the skills and knowledge of those working as a professional dog groomer. The level 3 tests the candidate’s skills against 4 different breeds from handling and equipment through to techniques and overall finishing. The level 3 diploma sets the standard for a professional dog groomer in the British Isles.

The Professional Recognition Awards have been developed for those at the highest professional levels within their chosen careers. The awards enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and skills within any sector or role. They can also help candidates working towards higher level qualifications.

You can access the qualifications in a variety of ways to suit your own requirements. The qualifications can be taken:

  • on a dog grooming course where you will learn to groom and take the exam OR
  • if you are already a seasoned groomer, you can enrol and take the exam individually with any support and tuition you may require
  • remotely with guidance and support (the Professional Recognition Awards can all be completed remotely)
For more information about the City & Guilds professional pet grooming qualification pathway, speak to a City & Guilds training provider - please click here to see more about BIGA member training centres.

If you would like to continue your learning and add to your current skills and development – the City and Guilds Professional recognition awards are the next step for you. The awards are offered in industrial, business and professional fields.

Successful learners will be awarded a City & Guilds Award in Professional Recognition at the appropriate level and you will be entitled to use the relevant post-nominal letters after your name.

To find out more, please click here

The British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA)

A Not-for-Profit Trade Association and Community Support Network

 Registered at St. George‚Äôs House, 14 George Street, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE29 3GH. Reg. No. 10085801

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