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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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.