Thursday, 21st February 2019


Required Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed for working in kennels, although some companies may ask for the basics. This will most likely be around five GCSEs (grades A*-C) at the most, and applicants need to be at least 16 years old.

For kennel workers, work experience is far more valuable than qualifications for entry into kennel work, and this can be gained through volunteering or gaining work experience during school holidays. Volunteering with animal charities and rescue centres looks very good on CVs and also teaches basic animal care skills.

Apprenticeships are a natural route into kennel work, as they teach the practical and theoretical skills hand in hand with working for an employer. There are a number of apprenticeships available in Animal Care, normal or Advanced levels. For more information please visit the Apprenticeships website.

Sometimes, gaining full-time college or vocational qualifications before entering the work can be beneficial for securing well-paid positions. Useful qualifications might include:

  • BTEC National Award, Certificate and Diploma in Animal Care
  • City & Guilds Certificate and Diploma in Animal and Management
  • Diploma in Work-based Animal Care (previously NVQ)

Once in work, there may be opportunities to further qualifications, so that it is easier to progress to management positions within the kennels or other organisations.