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City & Guilds Certificate of Technical Competence in Pet Sitting (Level 2)

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362 days

Part time


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Course Overview

Love working with animals? Looking for a rewarding career in the animal care industry? Gain the key skills and knowledge to open your own pet sitting business with this flexible and exciting course. Supported by the Pet Industry Federation, this online qualification is tailored around your needs. And underpinning the distance-learning is a practical session at our new animal centre, where you’ll learn from our expert lecturers and make full use of our industry-leading facilities. Whether you’re looking to add accreditation to an existing business, upskill staff or refresh your own CV, this course will give you crucial theoretical and hands-on experience. Study with us could lead to further learning, practical training for the animal care industry or directly into work in this diverse and fulfilling sector.

What will I learn?

You’ll learn about the key roles and responsibilities of a professional pet sitter. Crucially, the course will equip you to open a business and operate correctly within the industry, with units covering current legislation and codes of practice. You’ll learn the practical elements of pet sitting, adding professionalism to your approach and ensuring you’re ready to deal with potential problems and emergencies.

Entry Requirements

In order to take this qualification, you need to hold a level 2 qualification in animal-related area, such as Animal Care, Equine Care, Agriculture, or a certificate of competence in a relevant area.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

To achieve this qualification, you need to complete 10hrs online learning and attend a practical lesson within the animal centre at the Lackham land-based campus. The assessment for this qualification will require you to achieve a practical assessment with oral questioning.

Additional Costs and Information

There are no additional costs associated to this qualification as all learning resources will be provided to you by your tutor.

You are expected to wear appropriate PPE when attending the practical session with includes:

- Work boots or wellingtons (trainers are not permitted)

- Polo shirt (shoulders must be covered)

- Rain coat/all-weather jacket

- Jeans or dark coloured work trousers (no torn jeans, leggings or fashion trousers)

- No body piercings and hair tied back

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses


Career Opportunities

  • Zookeeper
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Aquatic Ecologist

  • Conservationist
  • Veterinary Practice Manager
  • Animal Behaviourist

  • Animal Care/Rescue Centre Worker

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