Why Become a PGC Groomer?

  • Personal satisfaction. With the PGC Credential, you know you have tested yourself against and passed rigorous standards for knowledge and skills in the practice of pet grooming
  • Continuing education. Maintaining your PGC Credential is motivation for lifelong learning and demonstrates that you keep current on the knowledge and techniques of the profession.
  • Marketing edge. Independent Credentialing makes a big difference to clients and their pets. WPA is committed to promoting the PGC and groomers who receive the credential. From WPA Individual Groomer Memberships to PGC continued education opportunities- you can expect elite opportunities and education.
  • Professionalize the field. Certification represents an individual step toward a future when only qualified professionals are allowed to call themselves Professional Pet Groomers.

Who is Eligible to Apply for the Exam?

You must meet the minimum requirements in any two of the three Areas listed below:

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For answers to some of the questions we are asked most often, check out our PGC Groomer FAQ.


Testing Periods

Spring Testing Period

  • Applications Accepted: March 1-31, 2022
  • Spring Testing Period: May 1-31, 2022

Fall Testing Period

  • Applications Accepted: August 1-31, 2022
  • Fall Testing Period: October 1-31, 2022

Did you know that WPA offers individual groomer memberships? Visit the WPA Membership Benefits page to learn more about the perks you can enjoy as a WPA Groomer member.