There are more resources than ever.

(Press Release) KING, NC — This September marks the second annual Pet-Sitter Education Month, and professional pet sitters have access to more educational resources than ever before thanks to Pet Sitters International’s new certification exam, as well as its new online certificate program.

Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest and leading educational association for professional pet sitters, created Pet-Sitter Education Month to highlight professional pet sitters’ commitment to continuing education and to promote the various educational offerings readily available to today’s professional pet sitters.

Ahead of Pet-Sitter Education Month, PSI announced the launch of its new certification, which outlines the body of knowledge necessary for professional pet sitters and offers the first-ever knowledge-assessed examination specifically for the pet-sitting industry. 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.

“While the misperception of pet sitters as the ‘kid down the street’ or the ‘pet lover looking for extra cash on the side’ still exists, we find that PSI’s pet-sitting members are full-time pet-sitting professionals and 90 percent have completed at least some college,” said PSI founder and President Patti J. Moran. “More and more professional pet sitters are also taking advantage of industry-specific trainings and pursuing credentials such as the CPPS designation.”

For those not ready to test for the CPPS designation — or those wanting to start and/or grow their own professional pet-sitting services — PSI is also offering a new online certificate program: Professional Pet Sitting as a Career. This online course is designed to give participants the pet sitter know-how they need to begin pet sitting with confidence — whether they are new to pet sitting or have been in business for years and want to brush up on their pet-sitting knowledge and skills.

To assist professional pet sitters in taking advantage of these and other educational opportunities in the industry, PSI’s Pet-Sitter Education Month section on petsit.com includes links to pet-sitter webinars, Ebooks, downloads and other resources.

PSI’s website, www.petsit.com, is the top online educational resource available to those in the industry. PSI was founded in 1994 by Moran, author of Pet Sitting for Profit, and the association’s motto is “Pet-sitting excellence through education.”

“More than three decades ago when I started pet sitting, there were no pet-sitting specific resources available to me,” Moran said. “That’s why it has always been so important to me that PSI provides members with easy-to-access educational tools — from books and our member magazine to our certification exam and member webinars—to improve their businesses and the services they provide to clients.”

For more information on Pet-Sitter Education Month, visit www.petsit.com/education. To learn more about PSI or to find a local PSI pet sitter, visit www.petsit.com/locate.

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