Pet Grooming

Certificate 3-7 mo

Pet and Dog Grooming School

If you love animals, why not pursue a career that allows you to work with them each day? Study how to become a cat and dog groomer with Penn Foster's online Pet and Dog Grooming Program. Our self-paced, mobile-friendly program can be completed in as little as three months.

  • This program helps prepare you for a job as a pet groomer working in a humane society, veterinary clinic, pet store, or kennel.
  • Employment for animal care and service workers is in high demand.
  • Penn Foster offers mobile-friendly courses, goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and more to help you succeed.
Self Paced

Save up to $70 Ends 11/29/2021

Cost of Program


$669 Save $70


$50/month, Start for as low as $29

800-275-4410 (10AM - 6:30PM EST)

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What You Will Learn

  1. The basics of dog and cat grooming.
  2. The different types of breeds and coats.
  3. An understanding of animal anatomy, personalities, and behavior.
  4. How to groom dogs for the sporting group, herding group, hound group, working group, and more.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Pet Grooming Career Outcomes

Animal Care and Service Workers







Our veterinary programs are designed with job-readiness in mind, and the Pet Grooming Certificate is no exception. A pet and dog grooming certificate can help you build your resume and learn skills you'll need to care for large and small animals, so you can get started on your pet and dog grooming career path.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Pet Grooming Student Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Pet Grooming Certificate Program can help prepare you for the first step in your animal care career. This program has helped recent graduates learn at their own pace, find new jobs, and learn how to better care for their own pets. Learn more Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.

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Angel H.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2021

“[Penn Foster] is affordable, flexible, and you can work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.”

Pet and Dog Grooming Program Curriculum

  • 9 courses
  • 25 exams
  • 30.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The Pet Grooming Certificate Program at Penn Foster includes an introduction to dogs and cats, basic health care of cats and dogs, dog breeds, preparation for grooming, equipment selection, bathing and drying, and more. Your courses include:

  • Introduction to Pet Grooming
  • Introduction to Dogs and Cats
  • Dog Grooming Courses
  • Cat Grooming
  • Business Practices

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Pet and Dog Grooming Certificate Tuition

Penn Foster offers customized payment plans to help you take the first steps toward a career as a pet and dog groomer. Simply choose from one of our low-cost options below and get started today!

Option 1: Pay in full

Save up to $70 Ends 11/29/2021

Cost of Program


$669 Save $70

  • Best price. Best value.
  • Pay the full cost today
  • No monthly payments
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

Save up to $20 Ends 11/29/2021

Cost of Program


$669 Save $20

  • Pay $50 per month
  • Start for $29 down
  • Credit card, PayPal, or ACH from bank account
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

cost of program


  • Pay $50 per month
  • Start for $39 down
  • Mail your payment using coupon book
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Pet Grooming Program Reviews 

Our Proven Pet Grooming Certificate Learning Model

Empowering Penn Foster students to reach their goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Study from anywhere


  • Digital study guides
  • Digital textbooks
  • Practical exercises


  • Online student community
  • Peer discussion boards
  • 24/7 resource access


  • Access to instructors
  • Robust learning resources
  • Dedicated student services team

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Pet and Dog Grooming School FAQs

What is the salary for a pet groomer?

Pet and dog groomers earn an average salary of $24,990 per year, and job growth is projected to increase much faster than average in the next several years.*

What can I do with a Pet Grooming Certificate?

Our Pet and Dog Grooming Program curriculum will help teach you fundamental skills to apply for positions in various environments such as humane societies, veterinary clinics, pet stores, or kennels

How much does a Pet Grooming Certificate cost?

Visit our tuition page for the most current tuition information.

What pet grooming skills will I learn in this certificate program?

Skills covered in our Pet Grooming Program include an introduction to dogs and cats, basic health care of cats and dogs, dog breeds, preparation for grooming, equipment selection, bathing and drying, and more.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Animal Care and Service Workers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed March 8, 2021. 


Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.