Level 2 City & Guilds Certificate of Technical Competence in Pet Sitting
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About this course

This two-week distance learning City & Guilds qualification is supported by the Pet Industry Federation with the aim of standardising pet-sitting practices within the industry. Tailored to work around your busy lifestyle, it provides you with the flexibility to enrol anytime throughout the year.

You will need to complete 8 hours online learning after which you will attend a 4 hour practical assessment session within the animal centre at our Lackham land-based campus

This qualification is ideal if you are looking to either:

  • Start up a Pet- sitting business
  • Train existing staff and/or franchisees’
  • Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  • Adding accreditation to existing business and pet sitting practitioners within the animal industry
  • Looking to refresh their current theoretical and practical skills or to enhance their CV

If you are looking for a career within the animal care industry, then this qualification is aimed at you. Working with animals is extremely rewarding, but it can require long hours, with dedication and enthusiasm for the role. This qualification is suitable if you are 16 years old or over.

You will gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a pet sitter. 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 or goats, for example. You could also progress to further learning and training in this area.


What will I learn?

This qualification covers the skills you will need to progress to work as a pet sitter and covers the following mandatory units:

  • roles and responsibilities of a professional pet sitter
  • current legislation and codes of practice
  • potential problems and emergencies

Soon after you have enrolled, underpinning units will be released as you work your way through the course.

Once you have completed and achieved the underpinning theory units, you will need to attend a 4hr practical session at the Lackham campus. The practical takes place on a Sunday, where you will meet other students who are completing the course and will cover all the practical elements and assessments.

Your Tutor will be in contact with you once you enrol and will support you through the duration of the course. If you would like to know more about the course please contact ryan.white@wiltshire.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

In order to take this qualification, you need to hold a level 2 qualification in animal-related area, such as:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care
  • Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care
  • Level 2 Diploma in Equine Care
  • Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture
  • Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Animal Health, Husbandry and Handling
Study, assessment and qualifications

To achieve this qualification, you need to complete 10hrs online learning and attend a 4hr 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?

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to employers or the public that you have the practical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting/seeking the services of a pet sitter.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.