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Advanced Certifications

Whether it’s Pet CPR Certification or other specialty designed professional development opportunities, Paragon School of Pet Grooming embraces the idea that it takes more than great dog grooming to be a well-rounded, successful pet industry professional. Paragon leads the pack in advanced training for pet professionals. Throughout the year, we will offer online courses, webinars, and in-person workshops and clinics ranging from Business Management to the latest in specialty grooming techniques. Come back to this page often as new learning opportunities will be added continuously!

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Paragon is Proud to Host…

NDGAA Workshop and Certification Event

The National Dog Groomers Association of American (NDGAA) will be presenting an accredited workshop and certification testing session at the Paragon School of Pet Grooming.

Are you ready to take the next step in your grooming career?

Certification refers to professional recognition of mastery in the art and science of professional pet grooming. Testing allows you to demonstrate your excellence through a series of practical and written exams on one breed for each of the following Groups:

1. Non-Sporting (Toy, Miniature, or Standard Poodle, or Bichon Frise)
2. Sporting (American or English Cocker, Springer Spaniel)
3. Short Legged Terrier (West Highland Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier or Cairn Terrier)
4. Long Legged Terrier (Miniature Schnauzer, Wire Fox Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten or Kerry Blue Terrier)

Written exams are administered with each phase of practical skills testing (Non-Sporting, Sporting, and Terrier) and consist of 100 question, each. A final National Certified Master Groomer Exam consists of 400 questions covering all groups not previously taken including Working, Toy, Herding and Hound groups, anatomy, breed standards, breed identification, glossary of canine terms, general health, pesticides, and cat questions. Applicants will be allotted two hours to complete the written master examination.

The process is very thorough, but don’t be intimidated – you will not need to complete every step in the same day. Click the button below for more information.


This process allows you to improve your skills and grow as a professional. This event offers you the chance to enhance your skills, stay current with industry trends, and network with colleagues. You’ll gain confidence and credibility to help grow your business. It’s a perfect way to offer more value to your clients and your business. The workshops are designed to help you improve your techniques and ask questions from top groomers in our industry. In short, certification promotes the betterment of our industry and the care of the pets entrusted to us.

TBD, September 2020
Time TBD (EST)

Workshop (Saturday)

Orientation: Learn the benefits of certification as well as how to certify as a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG).

Breed Demonstrations: Get tips and gain a better understanding of breed profiles. Learn about conformation, symmetry, balance, and how to get an amazing finish.

Advanced Techniques: Whether you are new to stripping and carding techniques or just want to improve your skills, you’ll learn proper tool use and methods that will improve the quality of your finished grooms.

Patterns: Gain a better understanding and confidence in setting patterns for Terriers, Sporting Dogs, and Poodles.

Certification Testing (Sunday) You must attend at least one workshop before testing.

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Paragon Presents...

Canine Esthetician Class

Paragon is partnering with A Girl and Her Dog Productions to present Caring for the Canine Coat.

The Canine Esthetician class is designed to give pet groomers and stylists fundamental knowledge of the physiology and function of the canine integumentary system and how to implement that knowledge into daily grooming care.

Upcoming Dates: To Be Announced

Topics include:

  • understanding business liability and scope of practice allowances for our industry
  • physiology of the skin, hair, and coat
  • physiology of the canine ear, feet and nails as well as their care in the salon
  • physiology and safety of the canine eye
  • carding & hand stripping for skin and coat health
  • salon cleaning and sanitation practices
  • …and so much more!
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Paragon is pleased to introduce…

Complete Cat Groomer Training available through The National Cat Groomers Institute

The National Cat Groomers Institute is an international organization providing membership, training, products and certification for professional cat groomers. Founded in 2007 by Danelle German, the NCGI is dedicated to educating both groomers and cat owners on the special grooming needs of cats. This includes safe and efficient handling techniques, a complete knowledge of feline temperaments, breeds and personalities, correct color terminology, common health issues, and safety, and the ability to provide high-quality grooming services to cats of a variety of temperaments.

The heart of the NCGI’s cat grooming training program is called the “Complete Cat Groomer Training Syllabus.” It is a 10-week distance learning program that can be completed from anywhere! Included are books, DVDs and a series of online courses with video tutorials, lectures, articles, and more. Also included in the program is access to a private Facebook group where you join other students, NCGI staff, and instructors as you are guided through the 10-week program with Q&As, additional videos, experience sharing, and more.

NCGI has a variety of cat grooming resources available:

  • Membership with the NCGI is a great first step for any cat groomers. This includes access to a library of recorded seminars, articles, interviews with CFMGs, client hand-outs, and much more.
  • Books, DVDs, and online courses are all available on specific topics through our webstore.
  • Webinar and seminars at trade shows are accessible to groomers all over the world.
  • Workshops, hands-on and private training get you working on cats with NCGI trainers and certifiers guiding you along the way.

For more information please visit www.nationalcatgroomers.com

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