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 such as America’s Family Pet Expo, a consumer pet and pet product expo.
Most recently, WPA has launched WPA365, an online pet community offering the opportunity for retailers and manufacturers to connect 365 days per year. 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.
For the betterment of pets and the people who love them, WPA is developing the Professional Grooming Credentialing program which offers working pet groomers a recognizable professional trade credential.
With the PGC Credentialing Project, pet groomers internationally will have a united and independent exam process to assess their practices and showcase the wide knowledge base of the working professional groomer.
Pets and their people can have the confidence that PGC Groomers have been evaluated on best practices, skills, and knowledge set by groomers and for groomers. Passing the WPA Professional Grooming Credentialing Exam will signal to clients and the industry at large the knowledge and commitment level of the newly credentialed Pet Grooming Professional.
WPA’s mission is to support the business needs of pet retailers and services 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.
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