Frequently Asked Questions

Does the APC offer any financial aid options?

The APC has many financial aid options available to our students. Our students are eligible for free tuition through certain government grant programs (does not include FASFA loans) as well as payment plans and scholarships through the APC. Call our admissions director for more information or to fill out a financial aid application.

Are there housing options for out of town students?

We offer both on and off-campus housing. The Academy of Pet Careers has a limited number of dorms on campus as well as an off-campus house for those with reliable transportation. The cost for housing, no matter which option, is $150 per week. These options fill up quickly so check with our admissions office for available dates today!

Do you offer part-time options?

We offer both part-time and full-time options. You may attend as little as one day per week or up to five days per week. Classes are held Tuesdays through Saturdays. Some restrictions may apply to part-time students depending on what day of the week they will attend. Contact our admissions director for more details.

Day of Week Grooming School Training School
Monday NO CLASS 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am – 4pm 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 8am – 4pm 9am – 5pm
Thursday PEP Class (9am – 5pm) PEP Class (9am – 5pm)
Friday 8am – 4pm 9am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 4pm NO CLASS

When does school start?

We are open enrollment! You may begin class at any time throughout the year as long as our class capacity allows. We offer small class sizes to ensure a smaller student to teacher ratio. Check with our admissions office to see if your dates are available!

Do I need to provide my own dogs?

Our training school requires you to have 1-2 dogs to attend class. These dogs will be your demo dogs when you graduate and begin work as a trainer. If you need dogs or think your dog won’t meet the requirements, we can help you pick out the right ones. The APC provides all dogs needed to go through the grooming school, but some students may choose to bring their own to practice specific breed trims.

Who are my instructors?

Because of our low student to teacher ratio, you will get to know your instructors very well during your schooling. Our head grooming instructor is a Master Certified Groomer through the ISCC and has been grooming and teaching for over 15 years!  Our head training instructor has over 30 years of experience and has been teaching obedience for over a decade. His experience goes way beyond the APC, as he is the founder of the American Service Dog Association and owns a business specializing in scent detection.  You are guaranteed to work with and learn from leaders in the pet care industry.

What kind of equipment is needed to attend school?

Equipment must be purchased through the APC. We have designed our equipment packages around each specific course and have provided you with all the basic equipment needed to begin your career as a professional dog trainer or groomer. Equipment packages are given out on the first day of school. Additional equipment not included in these packages can be purchased at the APC as well.

How do I begin the enrollment process?

After your tour of the APC we can begin the application process. The first step to becoming an eligible student is filling out the Student Enrollment Application and paying your $50 application fee. Once approved, you will receive a phone call from our admissions department to narrow down your program and start date. The final step to enroll is to pay your $900 deposit, locking in your start date and program pricing.

Do you help with job placement after graduation?

YES! We have employers from all over the country that ask for our graduates. We will help you find the right fit in this industry and get you in contact with as many options as possible. We also have an externship program that gives you an opportunity to step out into the field before graduation to get your foot in the door at a desired facility.

Do you have a referral program?

We love getting to share our school with all pet lovers, so the APC offers a great referral program. If you have friends or family who would be a great fit for the APC, have them reach out for more information and mention your name during their school visit. If they sign up for one of our programs, you will receive a $1000.00 referral fee as a “Thank you”. A W-9 will be required to receive payment.

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