Pet Grooming


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.

  • 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.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
Self Paced

Save up to $100 Ends 6/25/2024

Cost of Program


$799 Save $100


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

1-800-275-4410 (9AM - 9PM ET)

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 and Dog Grooming Program Curriculum

  • 10 courses
  • 25 exams
  • 27.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 2 months
  • Average time = 5 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

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


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. Please note, the materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system.

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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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Greenlee R.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“The flexibility of the program definitely helped while also working full time to support myself.”

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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

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  • No monthly payments
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

Cost of Program


  • Pay $50 per month
  • Start for $29 down
  • All major credit and debit cards accepted
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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  • Pay $50 per month
  • Start for $39 down
  • Mail your payments
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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 $29,790 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.