It recognizes qualified, competent professionals.

(Press Release) KING, NC — Pet Sitters International, educational association for professional pet sitters, has announced a new certification that outlines the body of knowledge necessary for professional pet sitters and offers a knowledge-assessed examination specifically for the pet-sitting industry.

“As the pet-care industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds, it’s more important than ever before that professional pet sitters have a way to demonstrate their knowledge and distinguish themselves as qualified, competent professionals,” said PSI President Patti J. Moran. “It’s also vital that pet owners understand what to look for when selecting pet-care providers, and we encourage them to look for a pet sitter who has earned the CPPS—Certified Professional Pet Sitter designation.”

PSI has obtained the legally trademarked certification mark of CPPS — Certified Professional Pet Sitter — to award to professional pet sitters who successfully demonstrate their knowledge and skills by obtaining a passing score on the CPPS Exam.

The CPPS exam evaluates pet sitters’ knowledge of pet care, pet safety, health and sanitation, and best business practices.

For more than two decades, PSI has offered pet-sitting courses and programs to help pet sitters obtain the knowledge and skill set necessary to own and operate professional pet-sitting businesses, but this new exam is the first of its kind in the industry.

“While our educational programs have been invaluable in providing thousands of pet sitters with the information they needed to successfully start and grow their businesses over the years, PSI understands that changes in the industry require us to take the next steps to recognize the most qualified professional pet sitters,” said Moran. “Equally as important are our ongoing efforts to educate the pet-owning public about the importance of these standards in the pet-sitting industry. Today’s pets are true family members who deserve the very best care when an owner can’t be there.”

To learn more about the CPPS Exam, visit www.petsit.com/certification.