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Level 3 Diploma-
Dog Grooming Course

Course Length:              400 Hours

Course Available:          Monday-Friday

Course Time:                 10:00 - 16:00

Course Fee:                   £5700

Flexible learning days available



The AIM Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is one of the dog grooming industry’s leading qualifications.  The course content is flexible enough to meet most learner’s needs to gain the knowledge and ability to groom and style dogs.  The course includes knowledge of different types of equipment, it’s uses, application and maintenance.  Students will learn about good canine health in the salon, how to handle various scenarios and gain a good knowledge of Canine First Aid.

Course Duration

Practical Learning Hours: 330 hours 

Theoretical Learning Hours: 70 hours

Total Qualification Time:  400 hours


Course Content

Within this qualification, students will groom and style a minimum of 10 different breeds of dogs, creating at least 15 different styles – all of which are recorded for reference. Students will gain the knowledge of uses of different items of grooming equipment and the skills required to correctly apply it to style dogs. All students on course will gain knowledge of management and communication within a dog grooming salon.

Students on this course will gain a thorough knowledge of Canine First Aid and understanding of dog wellbeing and health requirements in the salon. Combined, this will give a good knowledge and understanding of how to approach a range of scenarios that may be presented in a dog grooming salon, either daily or on an exceptional occasion.




Qualification Objective


This qualification has been designed by dog groomers to enable students to gain the knowledge required to enable the correct styling and trimming of all breeds of dogs:

-Hands-on practical learning whilst working practically with dogs

-Gain essential knowledge of canine first aid skills

-Increase salon management knowledge and communication skills for working with dogs and their owners

- Gain the skills and knowledge to work with different breeds and different breed styles of dog

- Prepare individuals to progress to take the AIM level 3 diploma qualification in the same subject area  or if you are requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding

- Prepare learners for employment

- Support a role in the workplace

- Encourage engagement in learning


The AIM Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is accredited by Ofqual

This course can be used flexibly to meet your needs. Depending on the context of the learning and the needs of each individual learner.

It is a requirement that assessment of this qualification is conducted in English.

Upon successful completion of this course

The AIM Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming has been created for those who wish to undertake a career in dog grooming or for those who have worked within the industry but not yet achieved a formal nationally recognised qualification. There is no requirement for previous industry knowledge, nor a requirement to hold lower level qualifications, prior to undertaking this course. The AIM Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is part of the Regulated Qualification Network maintained by Ofqual, the government body responsible for Qualifications and Examinations Regulations. 

You will be fully equipped to set up and run your own dog grooming business and will have the opportunity to rent a table within our busy working salon to get you started on the right track to success!

Course Fees

The complete cost of this Diploma  is £5700. This includes the complete course content, theory and practical assessments and Diploma Qualification Certificate fees.

The units that will be covered are

Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work-Be able to assess, plan and record all aspects of dog grooming whilst promoting health and safety.

Canine First Aid - The first aid course will be delivered by us face to face

To provide learners with basic knowledge and understanding of Canine First Aid, including when to call the vet and how to dress wounds. Learners will also understand who can administer first aid and the classification of emergencies. They will understand how to assess and examine injured dogs, along with learning how to treat a variety of potential injuries and emergency events e.g. convulsions.

Learn about Coat Types and Different Breed Styles-Students on this course will learn about the variety of dog coat types and the correct way to approach them.  A range of different grooming techniques suitable to each coat type will be presented and practiced, reflective of the Kennel Club breed standard for the breed.  Learners will build a diary of breeds undertaken and the skills and equipment used on each dog that is groomed.  Learners will undertake the full groom of each dog, from it’s initial assessment on arrival through to it’s final groom and discharge back to the owner. 

Carry Out styling and finishing of Dogs-This unit allows the learner to develop more advanced methods of grooming over a wider range of dog breeds. Learners will be able to demonstrate the correct methods for working on different breeds/coats.

Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer-Be able to carry out and monitor the health status of a dog and promote the animal's wellbeing.

Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals

Be able to promote and maintain the health and welfare of animals following health and safety requirements

Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers-To be able to communicate, manage and maintain customers.

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