The ONLY national non-profit organization for professional pet sitters.

NAPPS Certification

March 4 - 10
Receive a 10% discount on the NAPPS Certification course

Professional Pet Sitter Certification through NAPPS University
sets you head and shoulders above the rest!

What is NAPPS Certification? The certification program is a broad-range and in-depth self-paced course covering all topics relevant to pet sitting, including pet care, health, nutrition and behavior for a variety of animals. It also includes business development and management, pet safety and a complete pet first aid course. Certification acknowledges that the pet sitter is a serious professional who has obtained a high level of expertise through his/her study.

Benefits of Certification include:
  • The knowledge that you gain will enhance your skills
  • An advantage over your competition because you are a trained pet sitter
  • The completion of the Pet First Aid course preparing you for emergencies
  • The "NAPPS Certified" logo next to your name in our Pet Sitter Locator and the use of that logo in your marketing
  • The potential for more referrals from vets, groomers, and other pet professionals  
  • The trust your client has in you because you invest in the care of their pets
  • The enhanced skills to increase your revenue.
  • Business Insurers of the Carolinas, provides liability insurance discounts for pet sitters who have earned NAPPS Certification.
How can I learn more? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page about NAPPS Certification for details including pricing.
How do I become a NAPPS Certified Pet Sitter? Purchase the Certification Course and get started on enhancing your skills and career as a certified professional pet sitter today.

How does it work? Business owners will study the materials and take the associated exams in all of the sections. Once the business owner is certified, their staff may apply for certification at a reduced rate. Their course will include all the sections except the business development and management portions.

Red Cross Pet First AidThe study materials consist of pet care and business articles in the NAPPS virtual library, The American Red Cross First Aid for Dogs book and DVD and the American Red Cross First Aid for Cats book and DVD. The course is self-paced and should be complete within 4-6 weeks. Some pet sitters complete the class in as little as a month.

To be certified, you must complete the NAPPS Pet First Aid course of study and test questions. We are not able to accept the American Red Cross (ARC) certification or ARC class participation in lieu of the NAPPS Pet First Aid. The NAPPS Pet Sitter Education committee has created a program with specific standards and objectives to provide our members with education and tools specifically designed for professional pet sitters. Should you choose to keep your ARC certification current (annual renewal with ARC), you may receive credit for this in the re-certification process. (See the re-certification page for more details.)
NAPPS certification is good for three years. During that time pet sitters must engage in further study, NAPPS service, and community service in order to be re-certified for an additional three years. Please click on the re-certification link below for more information. If your certification expires, you will need to re-take the entire certification exam.

NAPPS Certified Professional Pet Sitters receive additional recognition and benefits for their achievement. The NAPPS’ official insurer, Business Insurers of the Carolinas, provides liability insurance discounts for pet sitters who have earned NAPPS Certification. They are also recognized in the NAPPS Pet Sitter Locator with the NAPPS Certified logo:

NAPPS Certifiied

The complete certification course cost $245 for members, $395 for non-members (plus $7 shipping).
This week only (March 4- 10),
purchase during this week and receive a 10% discount on the cost mentioned above.

MEMBERSlogin to the NAPPS website above using your login and password.
Once you are in the Members Area, scroll down to the 
Member's Area Features section and click on the Online Learning icon (see below).

Online Learning Center

NON-MEMBERS visit the Non-Member Registration Page Here.


NAPPS Certified Professional Pet Sitters who have completed and passed the online certification course have three years to engage in study, NAPPS service, and community service to maintain their certification. Please click on the Recertification link for more information.