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NDGAA 2020 – TBD

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 questions, 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.


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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.

2020 Dates TBD

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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