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International Professional Groomers, Inc - Certification-Accreditation--Education
IPG  is an International Association created to educate, certify and accredit Professional Pet Groomers. Groomers  with active membership, in good standing and who complete annual continuing education and follow the "code of ethics," maintain their certifications and educational endorsements.

IPG is Dedicated to:

--the safety of all pets entrusted into our care

--educating pet owners on safe grooming and handling techniques

--increasing the recognition of the grooming profession

--acknowledging the superior skill-set of 'our' groomers
TRACK I:  The revolutionary new Professional Certification Track 

is a series of Education modules and certifications leading to stand-alone Certifications for all professionals involved in the grooming industry, the CSP (Certified Salon Professional), the CPG (Certified Professional Groomer) and the CAPG*.  This program sets industry standards for pet and staff safety, health, sanitation, and groomer ethics. Groomers will  handle animals in their care in a safe and professional manner, and demonstrate their basic “kennel trim” skills.   These certifications are awarded by our Independent Evaluators, setting these skilled professionals apart from other groomers and validating their qualifications and professionalism to the public. Included in these programs are getting and keeping better clients, working with difficult dogs, and tips to make groomers more successful, and the introduction of the 'Smart Style System' of grooming. (*New for 2015, the Certified Advanced Professional Groomer.)
TRACK II:  The Master Track

is available to advancing groomers who have completed their CPG* title and CAPG*  Groomers may earn endorsements for Non-sporting Breeds, Sporting or Gun Dog breeds, and Terrier Breeds.  Each certification/endorsement requires written and practical tests.  These endorsements/certifications are based on grooming a dog to its breed standard, using safe pet grooming techniques and an additional dog groomed in any trim demonstrating the technical skills using in the other practical exams (this will become part of the new CAPG). The written tests are based on the recognized breed standards of perfection.  

*The CPG and CAPG certifications are also available, as an "upgrade" for current ICMG’s successfully completing continuing specific education modules. 

TRACK III:  The Elite Groomer Track

Certified groomers completing continuing education modules each year may choose to continue working toward Elite Groomer Status. Master Groomers and Elite Groomers may apply to become Instructors and Certifiers.  These groomers will help educate groomers new to the Tracks Program and lead our profession through demonstration of their skills ethics and willingness to forward safe and effective grooming around the globe.

The Salon Track:  Approval, Accreditation & Marketing 

Salon Approval is available to Salons or mobile units with owners and employees having fulfilled the appropriate certifications and meeting specific standards of safety, salon set-up, and business practices.  Groomers should be CPG and/or CAPG certified.  All staff must be "Track 1" certified within 6 months in order for the Salon/mobile to become or remain IPG Approved.  All staff must maintain active IPG membership which will include completing annual continuing education modules.  Approved Salons/mobile units must renew their Approval each year to standard best practices.

IPG is also accepting Pet Spa and Doggie Daycare facilities that demonstrate compliance with current leading edge standards and practices for pet and staff safety, hygiene and handling practices. This dynamic industry requires rapidly changing standards that protect the staff and all pets in their care.

School Approval & Pre-Accreditation

We are developing programs to unite grooming schools and standardize the levels of education received by students through the School Approval and Pre-Accreditation program. Our "sample" curriculum is currently in re-write--please contact us for up to date information.

Business Marketing and Consultation

IPG is all about helping groomers and the grooming industry.  We offer workshops and educational materials to help groomers market and help their business.  In addition, we offer confidential professional one-on-one consultations to our members who may be struggling with most aspects of their businesses. Simply put, we want to share our skills to help every groomer to succeed and have a stress free grooming experience.
The Certification Process  enhances the image of our industry, and shows that you are much more qualified to prospective employers or when presenting your business proposal to planning commissions and loan departments. Certification is a great way to validate your professionalism and skill set.

Continuing Education is an emerging aspect of the grooming business.  It is important for groomers to stay current with industry trends, current safety practices, and receive information to keep their grooming fun and profitable.  Beginning in 2015, renewing IPG members will receive an annual continuing education packet, allowing them to work toward higher levels of skill, professionalism, and success.
Once you embark on the road to certification, regardless of your skill level, you will be learning more about grooming skills, especially as they are applied to grooming dogs according to the breed standards published by your country’s breed standards. International Professional Groomers, Inc. will give you the tools to improve your grooming every day in your own salon.  Let IPG help you gain recognition from your community, your peers and your clients.
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