iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management - 30 days: £POA

The NEW iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management qualification is top of the class at Wags & Washes Training Academy.  The iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management Qualification includes additional elements which are unique to it's syllabus.


This qualification is rounded and robust for those wanting to enter into the Dog Grooming Industry and we highly recommend this course for those wishing to gain employment as a stylist or start their own dog grooming business.

The iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management is a nationally recognised, regulated by Ofqual and on the UK educational framework. It is also your route to becoming a 'Fully Qualified' Dog Groomer and enables you to gain a listing on the prestigious Groomers Spotlight

The course is delivered over 30 days of practical training (this can be split over 30 weeks) with additional theory work to be completed at home. (Please ensure you can use a computer, you have access to one and set aside some time to be able to complete the theory work at home). Full support and guidance is provided throughout and after!

Candidates will groom a minimum of 20 dogs, 10 different breeds, covering 6 different coat types but often many more. 


There are no pre-requisites to starting the course, meaning you can join at level 3 without having completed a lower level (level 2) course first which can be a huge cost saving to students. This also means that your learning journey is quicker, where previously groomers needed to do a level 2 and then a level 3.

Students will be trained in practical skills such as prepping dogs, bathing dogs, scissoring & styling techniques, clipping and nail trimming and the qualification course includes hand-stripping.

Should you choose to enrol you will join a small intimate class. Classes will be no bigger than 4 people. Our salon times are in school hours which makes it ideal for those doing the school runs! As of July 2022 we are also offering Saturday classes to new students enrolling on courses.


This is a live salon and can get quite busy, sometimes it is noisy and some dogs do bark. PPE is provided & available at all times including ear defenders! We have a lovely range of Kennel Club standard breeds and you'll get hands on learning how to style many different dogs.

For the e-portfolio (theory work) this is done on a computer at home after class. The units below are what is covered, you will have to answer some questions within each unit. This demonstrates what you have learnt in class and online. Group Zoom calls are also offered with tutors. 

Units included within this qualification are:

301: Health and Safety in a Dog Grooming Environment 

302: Promote the Welfare of Dogs conforming with Relevant Legislation

303: Customer Care and Managing Complaints

304: Assess and Plan Dog Grooming Styles and Maintenance of Equipment

305: Health Checking, Handling and Canine Behaviour

306: Prepare, Style and Finish a range of Dog Breeds

307: Canine Emergency First Aid

308: Planning the Operation of a Small Canine Business

On your course, you are continually assessed via practical demonstration and coursework (e-portfolio & grooming diaries) meaning you don’t have to sit a daunting exam in order to achieve the qualification.


This holistic approach has been welcomed by novice dog groomers around the globe. Wags & Washes wants to take the pressure out of adult learning and we can adapt to suit your learning style. Our aim is to improve industry standards by ensuring you walk out of our school fully qualified, confident and competent, ready to start your new career!

The iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management will demonstrate to an employer or the general public that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge to successfully groom a range of dog breeds.


This will be a formal, regulated, nationally recognised qualification that will remain relevant throughout your career and can only be achieved by reaching the required skill level. It has been designed specifically for those looking to become professional dog groomers or those who already groom dogs (as a hobby or career) but do not currently hold a nationally recognised qualification. 

This course and qualification is available to those from the UK and internationally who are able to attend our training academy in Hampshire. We can help arrange accommodation too.

A fast-track option is also available for experienced pet groomers seeking a formal qualification to confirm their skill level or those who have undertaken other qualifications but see the benefit in gaining the iPET Network seal of approval.


See the Fast-Track to iPET Network Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming and Salon Management. 

Please read our FAQ page - which will answer a lot of your questions. We highly recommend you book a taster day with us before enrolling.

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