Open College Network West Midlands (OCN)

Level 3 Diploma in Dog grooming

This qualification is present in the Regulated Qualification Framework under Ofqual, the government office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation which regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. 

The qualification requires learners to groom a minimum of 10 different breeds in a minimum of 15 different styles.

Learners will gain knowledge of what is required when grooming a dog and learn the skills necessary to groom dogs with different types of coats.

Learners will gain knowledge of how to use a variety of equipment and the different grooming styles.

Learners will gain knowledge of canine first aid and have an understanding of the health and wellbeing of dogs and how to manage different scenarios in a salon environment.

Learners will have an opportunity to gain competence in the dog grooming workplace and have a thorough understanding of how to communicate and manage customers within a dog grooming salon.

There are no pre-requisites to starting the qualification, meaning you can join at level 3 without having completed a lower level course first. 

The qualification has been designed for those looking to become professional dog groomers or those who already groom dogs but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification.​

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Units included within this qualification cover:​

  • Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work​
  • Canine First Aid​
  • Carry Out Styling and Finishing of a Dog​
  • Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer​
  • Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals​
  • Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers

For more information, please visit the BIGA Training Centres page.


The British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA)

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

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

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