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Certificate - Pet Grooming

Penn Foster's Pet Grooming Certificate program is geared towards students who are ready to learn how to handle the grooming needs of dogs and cats. This program is also appropriate for those interested in a pet grooming career. Read on to learn more about this online program.

Official Program Name:

Pet Grooming Certificate

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

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Program Description:

The online Pet Grooming Certificate program at Penn Foster Career School is designed for students who are interested in beginning a career working in animal care, as well as those who simply wish to learn how to handle the grooming needs of their own pets. The curriculum, which is self-guided, begins by introducing students to dogs and cats, with lessons in types and personalities, general handling, anatomy, and health issues to watch out for while grooming. Then, students have the opportunity to receive pet grooming training through demonstrative courses covering appropriate grooming techniques, breed identification, potential hazards, and behavioral issues. Students have a chance to become more familiar with different dog breeds and popular cuts for each one, as well as the proper handling of kittens and cats. The curriculum also includes a course that covers the pet grooming business and career expectations.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

In addition to all course materials, self-check quizzes, and virtual study planning tools, Penn Foster supplies real pet grooming tools that students can use during this program, including a universal comb, a dog slicker brush, and dog nail trimmers. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

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Required Courses for the Pet Grooming Certificate:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • PEP 016: Introduction to Pet Grooming
  • PEP 017: Introduction to Dogs and Cats
  • PEP 018: Pre-Grooming Procedures
  • PEP 019: Dog Grooming, Part 1
  • PEP 021: Dog Grooming, Part 2
  • PEP 022: Dog Grooming, Part 3
  • PEP 023: Dog Personalities and Behavior
  • PEP 024: Cat Grooming
  • PEP 027: Business Practices

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Pet Grooming Certificate program at Penn Foster Career School is intended to train students in basic care and grooming techniques for dogs and cats. Students who successfully complete this program should be able to handle the grooming needs of their own pets with confidence and might be prepared to apply these skills towards a career in animal care. Starting one's own pet grooming business is one potential option, and grooming positions can also be found in:

  • Pet stores
  • Pet salons
  • Animal shelters
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Kennels

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