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PCSA to Offer Facility Accreditation Program

Posted: Aug. 18, 2009

EDITORS' NOTE: The Pet Care Services Association filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on September 2, 2011, and an auction for its assets was scheduled for April 13, 2012.

Pet Product News BonusBy Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

Groomers can earn their certification to prove they know their vocation, but grooming shops can become certified, too, thanks to a new program offered by the Pet Care Services Association (PCSA). Board member Lori Cawood, CAPCT, owner of Canine Classic Spa and Resort in Bloomington, Ill., said the organization will be offering a volunteer facility accreditation program that shows a grooming facility has been checked for safety and is staffed by knowledgeable professionals.

“It will show that a grooming shop stands out in a way that the shop down the road doesn’t,” she said. “They’ve been checked that they’re safe, they’ve been checked that they’re certified groomers or trained or experienced groomers, and that the shop has met a lot of the requirements that some states require for a grooming shop.”

The PCSA already offers the certification for boarding kennels and daycare facilities, and in October, the organization plans to formally expand the certification to include grooming salons.

“I hope some of the grooming shops will get onboard with it, because it could be a way to set your shop apart from somebody else,” Cawood said. <HOME>

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I too think this is great. Some of the industry wondered if there was going to be a grandfathering some form of certification of those groomers that have been grooming for several years without formal certification. This sounds like the alternative to attending a formal in-house school. Most of us can not afford to shut down our shops to go accross the state for formal training. Please keep us informed on any and all program changes.
Mindi Trimble, Warner Robins, GA
Posted: 9/9/2009 6:36:08 AM
I think it a complete waste of time. We have owned our own grooming shop for 10 years and have built our business with a reputation for doing quality work at a fair price. My customers don't need a piece of paper telling them we do a good job, they hear it from other customers all the time. The bad groomers usually weed themselves out with failing businesses and unhappy clients. More often than not, well intentioned regulations spin out of control, causing more harm than good.
Rick, Rochester, MN
Posted: 9/9/2009 6:31:15 AM
I think this is great news. This could not come soon enough. We at Dirty Dogs have created a very special place for the grooming of your pets. We are very interested in getting certified
Salomon, San Diego, CA
Posted: 9/8/2009 5:08:21 PM
I think it's about time! Can't wait to find out how soon I can get my shop done and my groomers!
Debbi, Howell, MI
Posted: 9/8/2009 3:50:40 PM
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