Program Overview

Students have the opportunity to earn a Pet Grooming Certificate through Penn Foster Career School. This program allows students to learn grooming skills from home, at their own speed. The Pet Grooming program is completed independently, but if questions arise, there are instructors available who can be reached via phone or email to answer questions.

In order for students to complete the assignments, they will need to have access to a Microsoft Windows based computer running Windows XP or later. Students should learn the basic equipment of grooming and an introduction to the types and personalities of dogs and cats. The students also study basic health care and anatomy of dogs and cats.

Program participants practice pre-grooming procedures such as learning care of kennels and crates and the proper care of grooming tools and equipment. The students prepare dogs and cats for grooming. In doing so, the students first must learn the groupings and different types of dogs. Students are taught various types of grooming, and the proper handling of puppies. Students must learn how to recognize signs of stress and introduce puppies to bathing and their nails being clipped.

Students receive training in groomer responsibilities and the hazards that a person might encounter when grooming an animal. The students learn techniques for working with each type of dog, and how to use a muzzle for protection of self and others.

Students complete a course in Cat Grooming where the types of cats are discussed and common problems encountered by groomers are brought up. Students are taught proper handling procedures of kittens and how to comb, brush, and shave cats.

The pet grooming program concludes with students learning record keeping, customer service, basic accounting, and how to set appropriate prices for services.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    School Overview

    Penn Foster’s expertise in distance learning and genuine desire to help students meet their educational aspirations has helped students worldwide for over a century. More than 13,000,000 people have benefitted from Penn Foster programs, and more than 130,000 students are actively enrolled in studies. Penn Foster offers online career-focused and blended learning opportunities completely at a distance, and retains headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    Penn Foster supports distance education students with:

    • Open enrollment
    • Self-paced online courses 
    • 24/7 online support
    • A Penn Foster Study Planner that organizes study plans and due dates
    • Exams provided through the online Student Portal
    • Career services 

    Penn Foster offers a broad scope of degrees, careers diplomas, and certificates ranging from high school diplomas to undergraduate certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. Three schools make up Penn Foster.

    • Penn Foster College awards associate and bachelor’s degrees.
    • Penn Foster Career School provides career diploma and certificate opportunities.
    • Penn Foster High School gives students the choice to earn a traditional high school diploma, or opt to complete diplomas with career concentrations.

    Degree programs offered at Penn Foster College include studies in:

    • Business Management
    • Finance
    • Graphic Design
    • Medical Assistant
    • Human Resources Management.

    Many of the programs can be finished within two years; however, completion time depends upon the degree program as well as each student’s schedule.

    There are over 70 vocational training programs and 20 associate degrees. Industrial courses allow students to build their skill set in a variety of fields such as:

    • Construction
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Mechanical Maintenance
    • Industrial Safety.

    Though Penn Foster does not have a physical campus, some courses may blend online learning with more traditional forms of correspondence courses, including textbooks and print materials for study purposes.

    In addition to national accreditation, Penn Foster is recognized by:

    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster Career School non-degree granting postsecondary programs 
    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster High School grades 9 through adult
    • An Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
    • State licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools for Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School
    • State licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for Penn Foster College, with authorization to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates
    • ACE CREDIT, of the American Council on Education, for many of Penn Foster College courses

    Penn Foster upholds a strong, military-friendly relationship and retains a 2016 Military Friendly School® designation by G.I. Jobs. Penn Foster supports the military and veterans with discounts and VA benefits.

    Students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.


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