Track 3. Breed Profile Certification
International Certified Master Groomer
breed profile certification is for accomplished Professional Groomers
who are proud to showcase their accomplishments. It is obtained by completing a Written Masters' Exam first. This exam covers breed standards, terminology, anatomy and more. Each following module includes a written and practical exam for endorsements in Non-Sporting Breeds, Sporting Breeds, Terrier Breeds, and Mixed breed or Other Accepted breeds, to earn to coveted title of International Certified Master
Groomer and the right to use the letters ICMG following your name when you maintain your IPG membership in good standing and follow the IPG Code of Ethics.
The Masters Exam should be taken first (As of 1/1/17, this will prepare you for subsequent exams). All
testing must be completed within 5 years, or early tests may need to be
retaken. You will receive an endorsement upon completion of any one phase (Non-Sporting,
Sporting, Terrier, or Other Breed)
ELIGIBILITY FOR CERTIFICATION
Groomers must have earned the title CPG (Certified Professional Groomer) and APG (Advanced Professional Groomer) to prepare them to be successful in earning their Master's certificate.*
Track III: Masters Certification Resource manuals contain information to prepare groomers for the Masters Exam and Breed Profile testing. Breed
visualizations of commonly groomed breeds, anatomy and terminology are contained in the Track III: Masters Certification Resource Manuals. Breed identification pictures are those
found on the AKC Breed Identification Guide or Sam Kohl's book The Complete Guide to Dog Grooming.
For the AKC pictures, you may also visit the AKC web site at www.akc.org. All IPG-US Breed Profile testing is based on the breeds as defined by their standard of excellence in The Complete Dog Book, 20 Edition, Official publication of the American Kennel Club, published by Ballantine Books, NY, 2006. Canada, tests are based upon the newest version of the Canadian Kennel Club Dog Book (www.ckc.ca), and in the IPG-UK, Australia, and Latin America tests are based upon the Kennel Club Illustrated Breed Standards, 4th edition. Groomers may choose to use their country's tests or the American tests. *Note: the AKC Complete Dog Book standards are very complete and will serve as an excellent grooming reference for all groomers!
Additional study materials include grooming DVD's, work books and flip cards (coming soon).
1. The Master's Written Test is taken first. This covers how to interpret breed standards and reviews shape, style and symmetry as well as anatomy as it effects grooming. This module will also include information about history, temperament and breed standards as affected by grooming for the Hound, Herding and Toy groups. This written test will prepare you to successfully complete the grooming modules.
2-4. The Non-Sporting, Sporting, and Terrier examinations will each have a resource manual with an overview of those groups. emphasizing on the parts of the breed standards and breed histories that may pertain to grooming that group of dogs, including recognition (size, color, coat, etc.), or temperament. You will be asked to identify these breeds as part of the written exam. There will be a practical exam for each group and you will groom one dog before a Masters Certifier. Practical tests include the preparation of the dog’s coat, scissor techniques, clipper techniques, thinning shear techniques, carding and hand-stripping techniques, finishing techniques and Handling techniques of the dog.
5. The Mixed Breedwritten test is a review of the previous tests in this Track. For your practical, you will groom a mixed breed or other purebred demonstrating the concepts covered in the previous modules.
GROWTH AS A GROOMER. All practical tests are taken with an IPG Certifier. Certification should be an excellent opportunity for you to grow as a groomer by learning new techniques and another way to look at your work.
NOTE: In areas with limited availability of certifiers, you may petition to take some or all of these tests through video, based upon your location and experience. You will get a thorough evaluation and recommendations to improve your grooming and/or efficiency.
If written and practical test in each phase are passed with a 75% you will be issued an IPG Certificate with seals for each Phase, stating that you have met the "International Model of Pet Grooming Distinction". To become a Master Groomer, all tests must be passed with an 86% or better.
Upon passing these examinations, and achieving the International Model of Pet Grooming Distinction you will be awarded a certificate as an International Certified Master Groomer... ICMG, and you may use the letters following your name and in all advertising.