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Send your Press Release included in your Certificate Packages!

Puff N Fluff sent out their Press Release
It was picked up by Appen North Fulton Herald Newspaper

Johns Creek’s Puff ’N Fluff First in State 
Internationally Certified Pet Grooming Salon
·         By Jay Jones
·         Jan 18, 2018
"Hi Linda...A local newspaper did an article about our IPG Salon Certification! Thank you for being a leader and educator in our grooming industry."

Candice Puffenberger

Kirk and Candice Puffenberger, owners of Puff ‘N Fluff Pet Spa in Johns Creek, hold clients Layla, a Shih Tzu, and Anabelle, a black Cockapoo puppy. The pet salon was recently named as the first internationally-certified pet grooming facility in the state of Georgia by the International Professional Groomers. (Photo: Jay Jones)

International Professional Groomers, Inc.
Is the leading International Association created to educate, certify and accredit Professional Pet Groomers and Pet Caretakers. Groomers and Pet Care workers, with active membership, in good standing and who complete annual continuing education and follow the "IPG 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 and groomers on safe grooming and handling techniques
--increasing the recognition of the grooming profession
--acknowledging the superior skill-set of 'our' groomers

IPG is a member of the Professional Pet Groomers and Stylists Alliance (PPGSA) and has worked with this alliance to develop and recommend Standards for Safety in all Grooming Facilities.  (see full standards)
TRACK 1:  The revolutionary new Safety Certification Track  
      for Groomers, Bathers, Salon owners, Pet Sitters and Day-Care owners & staff.

is a stand-alone Certification for  Handling, Health, Grooming and Safety for all professionals involved in the grooming and pet care industry, the CPP (Certified Pet Professional), the CPG (Certified Professional Groomer).  This program sets industry standards for pet and staff safety, wellness, sanitation, and groomer ethics. Groomers  handle animals in their care in a safe and professional manner, and demonstrate their basic “kennel trim” or "puppy trim" clippered grooming 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.

     Allows groomers to add the letters CPG to their name!  
    This lets your customers know you care about the pets they love and have been evaluated and 
     certified to handle their pets safely, providing quality care and grooming in a secure environment. 

    Is a stand-alone certification of Care, Safety and Sanitation for Grooming Salon owners, 
    bathers, Day-Spa owners, Pet Day Care workers and Pet Sitters. 


with your customers through Certification!  As more groomers become certified, 
our customers will ask for a "Certified Professional".  
This certification makes you the EXPERT and your customers 
will allow you to explain grooming styles which are safe and appropriate for their pets.

Included in these programs are keeping pets SAFE, 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.

*Next Steps:  

TRACK 2:       Certified Advanced Professional Groomers  (APG)
    Track 2 is for groomers who have successfully completed Track 1 to become CPG. 
    In this track, groomers use advanced grooming skills to demonstrate shape, style and symmetry in their grooming.  
    This track emphasizes the special needs of double coated dogs, toy dogs and elderly pets! 
    This is a stand-alone certificate for Advanced Groomers.  
    This Track also sets groomers up to be successful when the test for their Masters breed profile grooming.
    Groomers perform 2 practical tests and one written test.

TRACK 3:        International Certified Master Groomer
   Track 3 is for groomers who have successfully completed Track 2 to become APG certified.  
   In this track, groomers demonstrate Advanced Grooming skills while grooming 4 dogs: 3 to breed profile:
   Non-sporting or Utility.... Sporting or Gun Dog.... Terrier.... and a Mixed Breed demonstrating the same
      advanced skills and Shape, Style and Symmetry.

   For salons meeting criteria for safety and sanitation, following PPGSA standards 
    In an Approved Salon, all Groomers and staff are IPG certified at CPP or CPG or higher.

   For schools meeting criteria for Safety Approved Salon with curriculum, certified Instructors, and Graduation goals.
    Approved Schools offer CPG certification to their students.

*The International Professional Groomers has the only Groomer Safety Certification (Certified Professional Groomer or CPG) (introduced in 2014) and IPG has member Certified Groomers are in over 24 countries!  We have Regional Affiliates in several countries:



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