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Fear Free Groomer Certification Program Overview

Fear Free Groomer Certification Program

How many times have you seen an animal shy away from the blow dryer or the nail clippers? How about trembling in the bathtub? Many animals don’t necessarily enjoy having their feet handled, getting a haircut, or taking a bath. But there’s a lot that groomers can do to make those things more comfortable (and even fun!) for them.

The Fear Free Groomer Certification Program teaches you how to use Fear Free concepts to ensure that the grooming experience is as enjoyable as possible for every pet, every time. Step-by-step video clips and slides show you how to teach animals to love the grooming table, clippers, the bathtub, the blow dryer, grooming shears, the groomer’s loop, and more.

Whether it is the animal’s very first visit to the salon or they have already developed a fear, you can help them. You’ll learn how to recognize even the most subtle signs of stress, and you’ll be well equipped on how exactly you can help a pet who is feeling stressed.

You’ll learn how to set the salon environment up to help ensure Fear Free grooms, from the moment a pet enters the salon, throughout the groom, and until the moment they leave. This includes shop layout, sights, sounds, smells, entrances and exits, and more.

All this translates into happier pets, more frequent visits, and satisfied pet owners spreading the word about how much fun their dog or cat had at your salon. Decrease stress on you and the animals, and increase your revenue!

To successfully complete the program and attain certification as a Fear Free Groomer, all qualified registrants must:

  • Pass each online module with a score of 80 percent or higher.
  • Sign the Fear Free Pledge, a commitment to uphold a humane, emotionally protective code of conduct and ethical standard for pet care, training, and professionalism.

This certification program requires an annual membership renewal fee of $39. In order to keep your certification and membership active, 2 hours of Fear Free-specific Continuing Education (CE) needs to be completed annually. CE can be easily recorded in our convenient CE Tracker within your account.

With every annual renewal, you will be awarded 3 credits, which can be used to purchase additional CE courses throughout the year on your Fear Free account. There are also a number of complimentary courses available for Fear Free Certified Groomers to facilitate the CE requirement.

Maintaining Fear Free Certification also requires remaining in good standing with the Fear Free organization by upholding ethical standards and codes of conduct.

Registering for and renewing your Groomer Certification Program & Membership is simple:

Registration

$99/person for current Fear Free Certified Professional members

$199/person for non-members

Renewal

$39/person/year

2 hours of Fear Free CE completed annually

Questions? We Have Answers!

Why should I renew my membership?

VETERINARY PROFESSIONALS
It’s the right thing to do. Fear Free helps professionals deliver better care to their patients by looking after the physical and emotional wellbeing of their patients. For only $99 per person, you will continue to attract an increased number of new clients, improve your client compliance, and increase frequency of visits (as per the Fear Free study completed in December 2018). Your renewal also provides you with the ability to use the Fear Free Certified Professional designation in your marketing, a listing in our directory, and continued access to complimentary and credit courses, our Toolbox, the closed Facebook group, the Preferred Product Program, and more. It’s your opportunity to be at the forefront of veterinary medicine and to help shape the future of the profession.

PET PROFESSIONALS
It’s the right thing to do. Fear Free helps professionals deliver better care to their client’s pets by looking after their emotional wellbeing. For only $39, you will continue to attract an increased number of new clients, build lasting relationships with veterinary team members, and work alongside them as a respectable referral. Your renewal also provides you with the ability to use the Fear Free Certified Professional designation in your marketing, a listing in our directory, and continued access to complimentary and credit courses, our Toolbox, the closed Facebook group, the Preferred Product Program, and more. It’s your opportunity to be a leader in the industry and help shape the future of the profession.

What are the requirements for renewing my groomer certification?

1. Fear Free requires two (2) hours of Fear Free-specific CEUs that will be available to you through your membership on the website annually.
2. A renewal fee of $39 is due annually from the date you initially register and pay for the Fear Free Groomer Certification Program.

Who should take the Fear Free Groomer Certification Program?

The Fear Free Groomer Certification Program is written for experienced groomers. Groomers who complete this program will learn how to use Fear Free concepts to ensure that the grooming experience is as enjoyable as possible for every pet every time.

Will the groomer program offer a new course every year?

Yes, the Fear Free Animal Groomer Certification Program will offer a variety of courses throughout the year, which are available to our members. Some of those courses will be offered for free and others can be purchased with the credits you receive when you renew your annual membership.

Help! I just renewed and would rather do the Groomer Certification Program than the Level 2 course. Can I swap them out?

Yes! Please email wags@fearfreepets.com and we will be happy to assist.

Can I take the Groomer Certification Program instead of the Level 2 course?

Yes, groomers are encouraged to take the Groomer Certification Program rather than the Level 2 course, as it is written specifically for groomers. To renew, simply purchase this program and email wags@fearfreepets.com so we can set it up as your renewal.

I already took the Fear Free Veterinary Professional Certification Program. Can I also complete the Fear Free Groomer Certification Program?

Absolutely! This course is designed for groomers and will provide them with invaluable education and resources. As an existing member, you will be able to take advantage of preferred pricing for this course ($99).

I have not taken any Fear Free courses before. Can I take the Fear Free Groomer Certification Program?

Yes! This course is designed for groomers without any previous Fear Free experience.

I am a Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional and a groomer. What are my options to renew?

As a Certified Veterinary Professional and groomer, you have two options for renewal: Renew your veterinary professional membership or renew by registering for the Groomer Certification Program. Each renewal is priced at $99 for existing Certified Veterinary Professionals.

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