How to become a pet shop assistant
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- a course run by a specialist training provider
You could do a qualification to help you become a pet shop assitant and show employers that you're committed to learning more about working with animals.
Relevant courses include:
- animal care
- pet care in retail
- pet store management
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can get into this job through an Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
You might be able to do an Animal Care and Welfare Manager Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, if you already have some retail experience.
These apprenticeships can take up to 1 year and 6 months to complete.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You may not need any formal qualifications to apply to work in a pet shop. It will help if you've got experience of working with animals, or have a background in retail customer service.
You may be able to study with a specialist animal welfare college or the Pet Industry Federation for a qualification in animal care.
Course are offered online, in the workplace and at college.