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Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants


Get hands-on experience of dog grooming and learn more about the industry, with our Level 2 Certificate at Writtle College. It’s ideal for those with little to no previous experience.

Our course includes classroom-based lessons and practical sessions. Practical sessions take place in our campus dog-grooming parlour, which is open to the public.

Classroom lessons cover:

  • Legislation
  • Points of the dog
  • Equipment and care
  • Handling and restraint of dogs
  • Normal and abnormal health in dogs
  • Parasites
  • Kennel Club breed groups
  • Coat types
  • Customer care

This is a very popular course and we receive a high number of applications for a limited number of spaces. We recommend applying early to avoid disappointment.

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Hands-on learning

As a student at Writtle College you’ll take part in practical session in our dog grooming parlour, which is open to the public. It’s part of our dedicated Lordship Canine Centre and includes kennel space, grooming tables, a bathing area and preparatory spaces.

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

Careers and educational progression

After completing your Level 2 course, you may choose to progress to our Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming. This qualification covers the skills you need to work as a professional dog groomer.

Apply now for Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants

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