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City & Guilds

Grooming Training

Barkberry Yard are a high quality grooming salon founded in 2020 off the back of many years of experience grooming and teaching.
We are passionate about making dogs look and feel their best and we love helping others achieve the same satisfaction in their work.
We offer high quality grooming courses tailored to you. Our courses will give you a full qualification with city and guilds whose high standards ensure each student who passes does with quality in their chosen path.
Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to develop your grooming skills further, we can work with you to provide bespoke training packages to suit your every need.
During your training you will be using the majority of your time in the salon for practical, hands on experience working on a large range of breeds and styles. Each day at our salon is different and you will pick up a lot of different skills.
During your time with us you will also learn how to correctly deal with a variety of coat types, different temperaments and will be able to carry out important health checks on all dogs in your care.

What can we do for you?

Our training courses are tailored to suit your needs.
All our tuition is to City & Guilds standard and takes place at our training centre in Northamptonshire.
We take only 1-2 students at a time so that we can offer you a more relaxed, 1-1, experience with our highly trained tutors who have over 10 years worth of combined animal care and grooming experience.

One Day Taster
We offer a one day “taster” course which allows you to have an insight into how a busy salon runs and help you decide if grooming is for you!
On the day you will take part in all aspects involved in grooming and will have opportunity to ask questions and learn more about becoming a groomer.
The one day taster MUST be undertaken if you wish to enrol on a course with us and you have no previous grooming experience.
Those who have already obtained their level 2 qualification through one of our training courses do not need to take a taster course before enrolling onto the level 3.
The cost of the taster course will be deducted from the balance of a full price course should you enrol within 6 months of attending.

Tuition Days
Are you already a groomer? Are you looking to improve your skills? Are you unsure of certain breeds?
Look no further, we can help!
We offer extra tuition days which we can tailor to your every need.

City & Guilds Level 2 (7863-02) for Dog Grooming Assistants.
The Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants is for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in dog grooming and would like to learn the basics.
It is best suited to those who would like to work in a salon before undertaking their level 3 Diploma.
You will learn how to health check and handle dogs correctly, how to bathe, dry and properly prepare a coat ready for styling and some basic styling and scissoring.

You don’t need any previous qualifications to take this course.

City & Guilds Level 3 (7863-03) Diploma for Dog Grooming Stylists.
For those who already hold their level 2 qualification who wish to further their learning and pursue a career in dog grooming either in a salon or starting their own business.
You will recap everything covered in the Level 2 course, including correct handling and health checking, legislation and customer service. You will then progress quickly into styling dogs of all breeds. Learning how to use clippers to get the best quality cut and how to scissor correctly and safely to achieve a high standard of
finish on all grooms you produce.
This will allow you to gain the practical skills and knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to work as a professional dog groomer whether you chose to be self employed or want to work with others in a salon.

Further enquiries: barkberryyardacademy@barkberryyard.co.uk

Barkberry Yard Attendance Certificate

  • 1 Day Taster
  • A day in the salon to decide whether grooming is right for you.
  • You will take part in all aspects of the grooming process while observing how things run in a busy salon.
  • The opportunity to ask any questions you may have.


(The cost of which will be deducted from any course price should you book within 6 months of attending)

Barkberry Yard Attendance Certificate

  • Additional Tuition Day
  • These days are intended for those already in the grooming industry who may require further tuition or wish to improve their skills in certain areas.
  • Full or half day of tuition catered to your specific needs.

Full Day £150
Half Day £80

City & Guilds Level 2 - For Grooming Assistants

  • 16 Days
  • For those wishing to pursue a career in dog grooming.
  • This course covers the basics such as bathing, drying, health checking, basic trimming and basic scissoring.
  • This is an introductory course into grooming.
  • Level 2 Tuition only
  • Level 2 Qualification


Optional extra's

With Equipment Set £2,600

City & Guilds Level 2 - For Grooming Assistants

  • 20 Days
  • This option covers all on offer in the 16 day course PLUS 1 week of trimming and styling training working towards level 3.
  • Level 2 Tuition
  • Level 2 Qualification
  • Tuition towards Level 3 Qualification


Optional extra's

With Equipment Set £3,400

City & Guilds Level 3 - Diploma for Grooming Stylists

  • 32 Days
  • For those who already hold the Level 2 qualification.
  • This course comprises practical experience, trimming and styling, required for the Level 3 assessments.
  • Level 3 Tuition
  • Level 3 Qualification


Optional extra's

With Equipment Set £5,200

City & Guilds Level 2 & 3

  • 50 Days
  • Combined course for those wishing to gain both qualifications all at once.
  • This course would benefit those who are looking to start their own grooming business.
  • Level 2 & 3 Tuition
  • Level 2 & 3 Qualification


Optional extra's

With Equipment Set £7,300

City & Guilds level 2 (0146-21) Dog walking

This qualification is for anyone, aged 16 and over, who may be looking to pursue a career in dog walking or who wants to have qualifications to back up their dog walking job/business. You will gain practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a competent and safe dog walker. With councils now bringing in licences that need qualifications to obtain, this level 2 certificate is a perfect string to add to your bow.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a professional dog walker
  • Legislation and codes of practice
  • Breeds and behaviour
  • Walking and controlling a dog
  • Problems injuries and emergencies

The assessment for this qualification will be one to one practical assessment alongside oral questioning.

There are no other recognised qualifications for dog walkers at this level, therefore this qualification demonstrates to both employers and public that you have the correct practical skills and knowledge required of a professional dog walker.

The qualification is made up of one unit with four tasks which will be worked through over the 2days and end with an assessment.The units include completing record sheets with new clients and behavioural assessments. Taking a dog for a walk and the risks and dangers on walks plus how to deal with them.

City & Guilds Level 2 (0146-20) pet sitting

This qualification is for anyone, aged 16 or over, who may be looking to pet sit or already is pet sitting and wants a qualification to back up their licence and business . On this course you will gain practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a competent and safe pet sitter however you must already hold a level 2 qualification in an animal related area to undertake this course for example the pet walking level 2 certification.

Pet sitting can involve looking after a wide range of animals to include cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs, through exotics, pet pigs, chickens, sheep and goats for example. This course will give you all the information needed to start your journey into the pet sitting world. Pet sit in confidence after learning about the following starter topics- roles and responsibilities of a pet sitter, the legislation and codes of practice, potential problems including injuries and emergencies. This course consists of just one unit split into the above categories and is completed over 3days with four tasks, ending with one practical assessment and oral questions.

Further enquiries: barkberryyardacademy@barkberryyard.co.uk

City & Guilds Level 2 Dog Walking

  • 2 Days
  • For those who want to pursue a dog walking career.
  • This course covers: Record Keeping, Behaviour Analysis, Walking, Risks & Dangers.
  • Level 2 Qualification.


City & Guilds Level 2 Pet Sitting

  • 3 Days
  • For those who want to pursue pet sitting as a career.
  • This course covers: Rolls & Responsibilities, Legislation & Codes, Potential Problems, Injuries & Emergencies.
  • Level 2 Qualification.


Please Note – All courses, EXCEPT the one day taster, will require students to provide and use their own equipment. There is the option to purchase a grooming starter kit from Barkberry Yard which will include everything you will need to complete your course with us.

Should you bring your own equipment we recommend the following;

1 x Clipper Set

2 x 7fc Blade

1 x 5fc Blade

1 x 15 or 30 Blade

1 x Straight Scissor

1 x Thinning Scissor

1 x Nail Clippers

1 x Slicker Brush

1 x Metal Comb

1 x Trimmex (Nail Powder)

1 x Apron/Grooming Top

If you would like any recommendations for equipment then please get in contact before your course starts.