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 two options for housing. The cost per week for housing is $175 for Off-Campus House and Apartment. These options fill up quickly so apply your deposit to lock in your room. Both are located in St. Charles, Missouri.

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. 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 WeekGrooming SchoolVet Assisting & Training School
MondayNO CLASS8:30am – 2:30pm
Tuesday8:30am – 2:30pm8:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday8:30am – 2:30pm8:30am – 2:30pm
ThursdayPEP Class (8:30am – 2:30pm)PEP Class (8:30am – 2:30pm)
Friday8:30am – 2:30pm8:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday8:30am – 2:30pmNO CLASS

When does school start?

We offer monthly, open enrollment for Grooming and Training! You may begin class on the first week of each month throughout the year as long as our class capacity allows. Veterinary classes are on a Semester schedule with start dates available 2 times each year.

We offer small class sizes to ensure a better student to teacher ratio. Start date will only be held once application, contract and deposit are submitted.

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?

Our head grooming instructor is a Master Certified Groomer through the ISCC and has been grooming and teaching for over 18 years!

Our head training instructor has a Masters in Science degree in Animals and Public Policy, with a minor in Animal Behavior, from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, along with many other Dog Training Certifications.

Lastly, our Veterinary instructor, is a Registered Veterinary Technician and developed our extensive curriculum with her background of working in multiple, high volume hospitals.

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. The equipment packages provide 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.

How do I begin the enrollment process?

After your tour of the APC we can begin the application process. The first step to becoming a 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 next step to enroll is to pay your $900 deposit and sign your Course Contract. This locks in your start date and program price.

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. In addition, we 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 over 40 days, you will receive a $1000.00 referral fee as a “Thank you” or $250 if the program is under 40 days. A W-9 will be required to receive payment.

What is your Money Back Guarantee?

We are so sure that you will be happy with your schooling that we offer a “Money Back Guarantee” to ensure your satisfaction. If for any reason you wish to discontinue your attendance at The APC, a refund will be issued with no questions asked.

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