Dog Grooming Apprenticeship Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

If you are looking to start a career within the dog grooming industry, then this is qualification is aimed at you.

This qualification is suitable for anyone employed or who wishes to be employed in a dog grooming salon who wishes to gain the practical skills, knowledge and qualification to begin a career as a dog groomer.

You will undertake training at our Cannington campus one day a week at our fully equipped dog grooming salon. You will be taught by experienced qualified dog groomers/lecturers who will cover all aspects of theory and practical training you require to achieve this qualification and apply to industry.

You need to be employed to start an Apprenticeship. Please visit our vacancy page or if you have an employer, please ensure you add full contact details of your employer within your application.

Units of study/what is involved

This qualification covers the skills you will need to work as a Dog Grooming Assistant. Examples of content covered:

  • Preparing and grooming dogs prior to bathin
  • Handling, restraint and bathing of dogs
  • Drying dogs and preparing a dog for styling
  • Carrying out maintenance trimming of a dog’s coat
  • Moving and lifting dogs
  • Maintaining the cleanliness and biosecurity of the dog grooming environment
  • Professional conduct and working with customers
  • An introduction to health, anatomical features, breed characteristics and behaviour of dogs

Assessment Methods

Assessment includes written coursework, an online portfolio, expert witness statements provided by employer and a practical assessment in the workplace.

College teaching will include practical tuition in the purpose built salon and classroom based sessions to cover theory.

Progression Options

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer/the public that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting/seeking the services of a Dog Grooming Assistant.

Having successfully completed this course, you can progress to the Level 3 qualification. Alternatively you may choose to continue to work within your current employment and use the knowledge you have gained to move into a supervisory position. You could progress to working for a dog grooming business or franchise, and in a salon or a mobile grooming unit.

Course Summary

Course Title Dog Grooming Apprenticeship Level 2
Entry Requirements


There are no formal entry requirements to this apprenticeship. You will
undertake an assessment of your English and Maths level and where needed upskill
to level 2 Functional skills, unless exempt. Employment as an apprentice Dog
Groomer is required to undertake this apprenticeship. You will be invited to
attend an interview to assess your suitability for the course.

Additional costs

There is no cost to the learner to undertake this apprenticeship. It is fully
funded by the Government or Co-Funded via the Government and the

Attendance Requirements 1 day per week at our Cannington Centre
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It’s a very hands-on course and you work with a variety to animals. All the staff are really helpful and the practical aspect of the qualification reinforces what we learn about welfare, housing, laws, animal care and training.

Niall Sweeney

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