Pet Grooming Certificate
Penn Foster

Program Details

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.


This program requires a minimum of 8th grade education.

School Accreditation Statement

Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses

  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
  • Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.