There are a wide variety of benefits to being an Animal Behavior College Certified Pet Groomer. So, how does this help you promote yourself over other groomers in the industry? To figure that out, it’s important to analyze what sets you apart from other groomers in the industry. Earning a certification showing that you have gone through a program like Animal Behavior College’s Certified Pet Groomer program says that you are serious about grooming as a career, and that you have invested your time, efforts, and finances to be a professional. This speaks miles over just experience, or even the opposite: just knowledge.
You will have completed a year’s worth of reading and a minimum of 150 hours of on-site training in a qualified grooming facility. Not only that, but many Animal Behavior College graduates are offered a job at their externship location upon or right after graduation. If they are not, or if they would like to work elsewhere, Animal Behavior College offers lifetime job assistance with our job board, which is updated daily and only available to Animal Behavior College alumni. This is updated by grooming salons, mobile grooming facilities, animal shelters and rescues, veterinary clinics, doggie daycares, pet supply stores and kennels, just to name a few. Many of our students even open their own business within a year of graduating. The opportunities are limitless!
For the on-site, real-world training, Animal Behavior College places students in qualified, vetted grooming facilities to ensure that students receive quality training and exposure to what working in a grooming salon is really like. You would not be able to gain this type of experience online or in a classroom setting and with this experience even just out of school, you will impress a shop owner/ manager over other applicants. For the first 25-50 hours or so, students will be mastering bathing, brushing, and drying. Once the head groomer and/or owner feels the student is ready, they will move on to sanitary cuts (“tidying up” around the pelvic areas) and paws. Then there are more basic, everyday cuts, such as the puppy cut, teddy bear cut, lion cut and summer cut.
These are great to know, because in a grooming salon, these are the most desired cuts that customers keep up with for lower maintenance for their lovable furry friends. Students will then progress to learn breed specific cuts, as they come into the salon. These cuts can be for any of the following breeds of dog (not an exhausted list): poodle, Airedale terrier, schnauzer, cocker spaniel, shih tzu, Maltese, Pomeranian, Yorkshire terrier, etc. These cuts are great for breed enthusiasts who want to show off their loved pooch. Knowing all these great cuts and gaining this experience in a training setting will really help when it comes to promoting yourself over other grooming applicants. This will help Animal Behavior College Certified Pet Groomers have a wider range of job opportunities, whether the student wants to simply work in a grooming salon, or even open their own business to set themselves apart from the competition in their area.
Did you know that cats need grooming too? Our Grooming Instruction Program covers cat grooming. In fact, there is a whole stage in the curriculum dedicated to grooming cats. This covers how to handle cats as well as some do’s and don’ts, and differences between grooming canines and felines. Think about it this way. If an ABC Grooming Instruction Program graduate were to put on their job application or say in their interview that they have knowledge on how to groom cats, that will speak volumes of your capabilities over other applicants. Being able to expand clientele from only canines to both canines and felines is huge!
There are so many pet owners in The United States and Canada that own both dogs and cats. Being able to offer both services will really set a grooming business apart from another. This same scenario goes for if the student wishes to open their own business. The most popular business opportunity in grooming is to open a mobile grooming business. There are many owners who struggle with getting their cats in cat carriers to take them to their family veterinarian. Being able to bring your grooming services to them really will help. And if they need to do that for their cat(s), they might as well get Fido groomed at the same time. People love convenience and will usually pay extra for it.
Another benefit to being an Animal Behavior College Certified Pet Groomer is the training and knowledge you will receive from this program is going to be more than you will receive through a grooming academy or training in a pet retail store. Animal Behavior College is one of the biggest and best-known animal career colleges in the United States. We set the industry standard and there is no comparison when it comes to the programs we offer. We specialize in the animal industry and have no need to focus on other career paths. Also, students would be receiving a national, lifetime certification. There will be no re-licensing like cosmetologists have to do every two years. This can put the employer at ease to know the applicant and potential employee is good-to-go with no interruptions in their career/job. The Animal Behavior College Grooming Instructor Program also provides students with an online certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. This reassures employers that their employees know how to recognize problems, minimize injury, and the proper actions to take in the event of a pet emergency. ABC Certified Pet Groomers also have access to affordable group rates for liability insurance, so employers and/or business owners can feel more comfortable.
Having your certification through Animal Behavior College can set you and/or your business apart from the competition. With the knowledge, experience, and tools that are gained through the Grooming Instruction Program and alumni benefits, you will be set up for success upon completion. If you are interested in getting your Pet Groomer certification through Animal Behavior College, check our site at https://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/grooming/.