Anyone who grooms professionally
is eligible to go through the certification process.
considered a well earned entitlement, and sometimes includes additional
rights to display the certifying organization's logo in your business and
typically involves performance testing focused on the aesthetic value of
your finish grooming based on the pet's breed profile as set forth by its
individual breed standard.. The more revered entitlements typically
involve the words "master groomer or master stylist', and that status
requires extensive experience beyond attending a school of pet grooming or
a basic apprenticeship period.
A private career training institute program provides entry level industry
training and should not be confused with the certification process offered
by industry trade associations. A diploma or certificate from a registered
trade school is an official document acknowledging successful completion
of a career training program. Once achieved, it may be desirable to gain
some experience and expertise as a professional groomer, prior to seeking
industry trade certification.
groomers with at least a couple of years or more of professional
experience are prime candidates for certification testing, so this is
something you may want to pursue after you have been practicing your trade
for a period of time. JKL highly recommends the process to all its
an excellent form of continuing groomer education, and can provide highly
esteemed industry recognition. However,
it is not a requirement to professionally groom, nor does it
guarantee financial success. There are very successful pet groomers and
business owners who are not certified, but you can be sure that they
respect the certification process, and they have a similar commitment to
uphold pet care skills worthy of certification.
If and when you
decide to be certified, where do you go for certification. You should
examine all of the programs offered by the following organizations, and
measure the appropriateness of their certification to your personal,
career and business objectives. All of these are fine and well-known
It is important
to note that becoming certified requires time, money and effort as you
will be traveling with your pet(s)
to various certification sites throughout North America.
National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA)
International Professional Groomers, Inc
International Society of Canine Cosmetologists