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Grooming Courses

The AKC Safety in the Salon course, which is the core of the AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming Certification Program (Safety, Assurance, Fundamentals, Education), covers best practices focusing on pet care, health and safety, and provides vital information on safety measures and protocols within the grooming facility. Topics include accident avoidance, pet and zoonotic disease awareness, sanitation and how to handle special cases.

All grooming professionals who pass the exam at the end of the course, are eligible to become AKC S.A.F.E. Certified Groomers or Salons, which entitles them to valuable marketing support from the AKC, including an AKC S.A.F.E. Certified Groomer or Salon profile and badge recognition on AKC GroomerFinder. AKC S.A.F.E. Certified Groomers are required to recertify every two years and AKC S.A.F.E. Certified Salons must recertify annually.