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Grooming Division

Educational Objective

The objective of our Grooming Division is to create an environment that is conducive to learning the art of professional pet grooming. Through use of a balanced mixture of hands on training, lecture and practical experience, students will have the opportunity to gain the skill and confidence to become successful pet stylists.

In addition to providing students with a structured, balanced curriculum, it is the goal of the Grooming Division to instill in their students the motivation to continue their education and to keep abreast of new developments in the industry. Workshops, advanced educational seminars and certification programs that emphasize better education and higher standards can only enhance their professionalism as well as that of the industry as a whole.

Our 28 Week Entrepreneurship Program (16 weeks Dog-Training, and 12 weeks Pet -Grooming)

The 28 Week Pet Entrepreneurship Program is created for the student who wants to be the best of the best, to give the student a comprehensive education that combines our most extensive Groomer Course with additional weeks of pet education that will prepare you to understand the complexity of the dog's mind. Graduates of the 28 week entrepreneurship program are the most marketable groomers in the industry today. Grooming a dog is one thing, but understanding how to interact with animals to create an enriching experience for the pet along with a fun and profitable experience for you is another story. You will spend 16 weeks learning to understand how a dog thinks, how they perceive their interactions with you and how you can read their body language to understand their feelings. You will learn the necessary animal handling skills to evaluate and handle dogs in a grooming situation or any other situation. These skills will expand your career options from being a well-rounded and marketable groomer to working in most any pet care field you desire, including scent detection, basic pet training, therapy dog training, protection training, doggie day care supervision, kennel management and handling animals in the Veterinary field.

MANAGEMENT NOTE: Today, pet owners care for their pets as if they are children. This course is necessary if you are interested in management as well as those planning to own and operate their own pet care business. YOU WILL BE TRAINED TO EDUCATE YOUR STAFF ON NECESSARY AND ENRICHING ANIMAL HANDLING SKILLS that your client will want.

NOTE: This course includes two 2-hour meetings with our owner, Dr. Paul Schifano to discuss management and business goals.

This program runs for 140 days (8 hours/ day). This course has open enrollment which means that you can start on any Tuesday and train 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week. After you have successfully trained 140 days, you will earn your certifications. Our classroom days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Our 24 Week Entrepreneurship program (12-16 weeks Dog-Training, and 8-12 weeks Pet-Grooming)

The 24 Week Pet Entrepreneurship Program follows the same schedule as our 28 Week Entrepreneurship Program except that the student must choose between a final four week fine tuning session of grooming skills or animal behavior/training.

NOTE: This course is suited for the student that wants well rounded skills or hopes to manage or own a pet care business but chooses to advance in either grooming or animal behavior/training.

This program runs for 120 days (8 hours/ day). This course has open enrollment which means that you can start on any Tuesday and train 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week. After you have successfully trained 120 days, you will earn your certifications. Our classroom days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Our 20 Week Entrepreneurship program (12 weeks Dog-Training, and 8 weeks Pet-Grooming)

The 20 Week Entrepreneurship Program follows the same schedule as our 28 Week Entrepreneurship Program except that the student will not have exposure to both the grooming skills or animal behavior/training fine tuning sessions.

NOTE: This course is suited for the student whose schedule and/or budget will not allow for our 28 week program but still wants a well- rounded education that would enable them to work in, manage or own a business in a diverse number of pet care careers.

This program runs for 100 days (8 hours/ day). This course has open enrollment which means that you can start on any Tuesday and train 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week. After you have successfully trained 100 days, you will earn your certifications. Our classroom days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Our 12 Week Advanced Groomer Program

The 12 Week Advanced Grooming Program is designed for those students that want our most advanced grooming course that goes beyond basic grooming exposing the student to speed building and other advanced techniques. Earning income as a groomer is all about skill and speed. This course will improve your abilities in both of these areas resulting in potentially better immediate income and client satisfaction.

NOTE: This course offers no exposure to areas of animal behavior or pet training.

This program runs for 60 days (8 hours/ day). This course has open enrollment which means that you can start on any Tuesday and train 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week. After you have successfully trained 60 days, you will earn your certifications. Our classroom days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Our 8 Week Basic Groomer Program

The 8 Week Basic Groomer Program is designed for the student that wants to learn the fundamental skills that will quickly get them into the workforce.

NOTE: This course offers no exposure to areas of animal behavior or pet training.

This program runs for 40 days (8 hours/ day). This course has open enrollment which means that you can start on any Tuesday and train 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week. After you have successfully trained 40 days, you will earn your certifications. Our classroom days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Our 4 Week Groomer Plus Program

The 4 Week Groomer Plus Program is designed for the student that has had past grooming experience but wishes to refresh or advance their skills in Pet Grooming.

NOTE: Prior to acceptance all students are asked to meet with instructors to discuss their experience and goals. Students will be asked to groom at least one animal so that our instructors can assess the student's current level of skill.

This program runs for 20 days (8 hours/ day). This course has open enrollment which means that you can start on any Tuesday and train 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week. After you have successfully trained 20 days, you will earn your certifications. Our classroom days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Our 14 day Bather/ Brusher program

Bather/brushers are a critical part of the pet grooming workforce. The 14 Day Bather/Brusher Program is designed to take an inexperienced individual and develop their bather/brusher skills to a level necessary to find employment as a Bather/Brusher.

This program runs for 14 days (8 hours/day). This course has open enrollment which means that you can start on any Tuesday and train 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week. After you have successfully trained 14 days, you will earn your certifications. Our classroom days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Meet Your Instructors

Janice Starns - Academy Instructor

Jan graduated from the Petropolis Academy in 2001. Jan has been an instructor in the Academy since 2003. She holds an  A.A.S. degree from St. Louis Community College. Jan is a member of the ISCC (International Society of Canine Cosmetologists) and holds a certificate of completion in Pet First Aid from the St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross. Jan attended the US Pet Pro Classic Pet Styling Show in Dallas, Texas, in 2004.

Bradi Westfall - Salon Manager, Academy Instructor

Bradi graduated in 2003 from the Petropolis Academy. She has been an instructor in dance since 1990. She holds a certificate in administration from Southeastern Community College. Bradi is a member of ISCC (International Society of Canine Cosmetologists) and holds a certificate of completion in Pet First Aid from the St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Mandy Seay - Academy Instructor

Mandy graduated in 2005 from the Petropolis Academy of Grooming. She has worked with animals since 2001 and has been a certified Pet Care Technician since 2005. Mandy is a member of ISCC (International Society of Canine Cosmetologists) and holds a certificate of completion in Pet First Aid from the St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross. In her free time Mandy volunteers at the Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Mandy is currently testing for DermaTech licensing through ISCC.

Testimonials

“My greatest passion in life has always been animals. So it was a natural progression to become a qualified groomer. I researched my options and decided on the Petropolis Academy of Grooming and Training.

My time spent there was awesome. Oh, it was hard work, but very rewarding. The Staff and teachers were welcoming and knowledgeable. I always felt that I fit in from the first day until the last.

Having become a successful groomer, I have now realized many things about the academy. The teachers taught me all I needed to know. The equipment I received was more than adequate. The facilities at Petropolis Academy of Grooming and Training were top notch. All these things enabled me to find a job immediately and become a successful dog, cat and sometimes bunny, groomer. DO IT!!!”

Sincerely,
Marie Wiesner
Class of October 2002


"Hey everybody, my name is Shannon and I have to tell you about my experience at Petropolis, as a student. I had already been grooming for about 6 months, but had no certificate. I did my research and Petropolis was the best so I started January 19, 2009. The first week I was shown the basics of the salon it was so exciting because I learned something new every day. My teachers Mandy, Jan, Bradi were there for me answering questions showing me new haircuts all about shampoos, everything that I didn't know. My speed has increased my haircuts are a thousand times better, I'm more confident today then every and I just want to encourage you today if your reading this please give Petropolis a call you'll be so glad you did. Thank you everybody at Petropolis."

Shannon G'Sell

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