World Pet Association Selects Professional Testing Corporation to Develop Pet Grooming Credential

World Pet Association Selects Professional Testing Corporation to Develop Pet Grooming Credential


PTC to design WPA Pet Grooming Credential examination to measure foundational skills with regards to knowledge applicable to the trade, safety and animal husbandry


February 2021 – Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) is pleased to announce that the World Pet Association (WPA) has selected PTC to design, develop, and administer its new WPA Pet Grooming Credential examination program. The WPA Pet Grooming Credential will be the result of extensive industry-wide collaboration and will be awarded to professionals who pass a proctored, core competency examination.

“After an exhaustive RFP process, WPA selected PTC as its partner in this exciting new initiative that recognizes the expertise, dedication, and professionalism of pet groomers,” said Khris Berry, Director of Grooming Services at WPA. “We are confident that PTC’s expertise in the credentialing industry will provide the guidance that WPA seeks as we launch the first independent, psychometrically valid certification program for pet stylists.”

WPA and PTC will work closely with WPA’s pet grooming industry task force to develop a certification program that will assist all groomers and pet owners in identifying professional, complete, and safe grooming services. WPA certification will demonstrate to clients and to the industry at large the respected status of achievement, knowledge and commitment level of newly credentialed pet grooming professionals.

“WPA is focused on ensuring that pet grooming professionals practice safely to protect our beloved furry companions,” said Vicki Gremelsbacker, President of PTC. “We are delighted that WPA values PTC’s long history of developing and administering high-quality credentialing programs and has partnered with us to bring that expertise to the pet grooming industry.”

With an anticipated summer 2021 launch, the content of the certification exam will be based on a job analysis study currently underway and will be vetted carefully for accuracy and relevancy to the working pet grooming professional. The exam will be available at computer-based testing sites across the United States. Pet groomers may apply to take the test based on experience, education, and knowledge of the pet grooming practice.


About World Pet Association
Founded in 1950, World Pet Association (WPA) is the pet industry’s oldest nonprofit organization. Based in Southern California, WPA coordinates industry-defining trade shows—SuperZoo, Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference and other popular annual events including: America’s Family Pet Expo, a consumer pet and pet product expo; and Aquatic Experience, which combines consumer events with a trade show. Through WPA’s Good Works program, proceeds from these events are funneled back into key industry organizations and nonprofits with the goal of making it easier for pet industry professionals to do business. WPA’s mission is to support the business needs of pet retailers and to promote responsible growth and development of the pet industry by providing thought leadership on consumer and legislative issues; lead efforts in the public sector to inform consumers and ensure safe, healthy lifestyles for all animals; and provide business resources, education, content and services to ensure pet product retailers have the support they need to be competitive. For more information about WPA, its industry events, or to become a member, visit

About Professional Testing Corporation
Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) is an established global leader in testing and association management services. Founded in 1983 to provide professional organizations with psychometric services, PTC provides a full range of certification and licensure services including job analyses, psychometrics, test development, test administration, online testing, accreditation consulting, statistics and scoring, survey development and processing, and association/board management services for testing programs, certification organizations, and licensing boards. For more information about PTC, visit