IPG is an International Association created to educate, certify and accredit Professional Pet Groomers. Certified groomers must maintain active membership and complete annual continuing education.
IPG is Dedicated to:
--the safety of all pets entrusted into our care
--increasing the recognition of the grooming profession
--acknowledging the superior skill-set of 'our' groomers
TRACK I: The revolutionary new Salon Professional Track
is a series of Educational modules and
certifications leading to stand-alone Certificates of Professionalism 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 of pet and staff safety, health and sanitation. Groomers will animals in their care in a safe and professional manner, and
demonstrate their basic “kennel trim” skills. *New
for 2015, the Certified Advanced Professional Groomer will be introduced. These certifications are awarded by our Independent Evaluators, setting
these skilled professionals apart from their peers and validating their
qualifications and professionalism to the public.
TRACK II: The
Master Track, culminating in the title of “ICMG”
Certified Master Groomer) …is available to advancing groomers who have
completed their CPG title. Groomers may earn endorsements for
Non-sporting Breeds, Sporting or Gun Dog breeds, Terrier Breeds and Mixed
Breeds. Each certification/endorsement
will require a written test and a practical test. These endorsements/certifications are based
upon grooming four dogs to their breed standard, using pet grooming techniques
and one dog groomed in any trim demonstrating the technical skills demonstrated
in the other practical exams. The written tests are based upon the AKC (or other
country’s) breed standards.
New certification available for ICMG’s successfully completing continuing
TRACK III: The Elite Groomer Track: Certified groomers may complete continuing education modules each year with new information 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.
The Salon Track: Accreditation & Marketing
is available to Salons
or mobile units whose owners and employees have fulfilled any of the above certifications
and meet minimum 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 to become or remain IPG
Accredited. All staff must maintain IPG
membership which will includeannual continuing education
modules for all staff
members. Approved Salons or 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.
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
Business Marketing and Consultation…IPG is all about
helping groomers and the grooming industry.
We offer workshops and educational materials to help groomers market
their business. In addition, we offer
professional consultations to our members who may be struggling with aspects of
The Certification Process not only enhances
the image of our industry, it will show 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
Continuing Education is an important aspect of the grooming business. It is important for all groomers to stay current with industry trends as well as getting 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 and professionalism.
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 and your peers.
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