International Professional Groomers, Inc - Track 3: Master Track ICMG
International Professional Groomers, Inc - Certification & Education for Pet Groomers, Pet Professionals
Track 3. Breed Profile Certification

International Certified Master Groomer

IPG 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)


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 3: Masters Certification Resource manual and workbooks 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 3: 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  

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 (, 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 including grooming DVD's, and flip cards (coming soon).

Register for Certification Examinations on this website, by phone or at a Grooming Show or IPG workshop!


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. The price for this module includes the Masters Resource Manual.

2-4. The Non-Sporting, Sporting, and Terrier examinations will include workbooks 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. Each module includes an evaluation of a dog you groom prior to taking your practical test.  Send a photo to for evaluations.  

5. The Mixed Breed written test is a review of the previous tests in all the IPG Certification Tracks. For your practical, you will groom a mixed breed or other purebred demonstrating the advanced grooming concepts covered in the previous modules.

GROWTH AS A GROOMER.  Masters 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.  If you are approved to submit video testing, you will still 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 86% (90% if open book testing) 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.

Masters Exam & Module
Resource Manual, workbook and written exam. Successful completion earns "Master Candidate" Certificate
Price: $157.00
Non Sporting Breed Module
Resource Manual, workbook, Photo evaluation, written exam, practical exam. When successfully completed you earn a seal to add to your masters candidate certificate.
Price: $157.00
Sporting Breed Module
Resource Manual, workbook, DVD, Photo evaluation, written exam, practical exam. When successfully completed you earn a seal to add to your masters candidate certificate.
Price: $157.00
Terrier Breeds Module
Resource Manual, workbook,, Photo evaluation, written exam, practical exam. When successfully completed you earn a seal to add to your masters candidate certificate.
Price: $157.00
Mixed Breed Module
Photo evaluation, written exam, practical exam. When successfully completed you earn a seal to add to your masters candidate certificate.
Price: $157.00
COMPLETE Masters Track 3
Includes all resource materials and testing for all 5 masters modules. ($785. value)
Price: $735.00
COMPLETE Certification Package
Track 1, Track 2 and Track 3. This price includes all resource materials, testing, 12 month membership and 6 DVD's--a
$1461. value.
Price: $1,350.00
Replacement Certificate
ICMG, CPG, APG certificates. For members in good standing.
Price: $25.00
Retake of Masters Test
If you do not pass any masters exam, you may retake the test at a time agreed upon by your evaluator.
Price: $98.00