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!

The purchase of the Fear Free Groomer Certification Program provides you with an annual membership for the program, which requires an annual renewal fee and completion of additional annual CE to maintain your membership.

This course has been approved by the PACCC for 5 CEU

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, grooming, and professionalism.

This certification program requires an annual membership renewal fee of $49. 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 have access to 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:


Valid for individuals with an active Fear Free membership purchasing an additional membership for themselves.


$119 for existing Fear Free members
$229 for new members


2-9 people: $219/person
10-29 people: $209/person
30+ people: Email us at wags@fearfreepets.com to discuss special pricing.



2 hours of Fear Free CE completed annually

Questions? We Have Answers!

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.

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