Creative pet grooming
(grooming that deviates from breed profile grooms, commonly involving artificial coloring) offers professional pet groomers the unique opportunity to truly individualize and customize their clients’ grooms by adding touches of personal style and even practicality to nearly any pet that enters the salon.
No Compromise on Safety or Comfort
The National Association of Professional Creative Groomers was founded in 2009 to provide groomers with the necessary information to understand and effectively utilize creative grooming techniques in the salon as well as the competition ring without compromising the comfort or safety of the animal involved. While the NAPCG benefits groomers, we serve the animals as we promote safety and quality in creative grooming by defining and supporting standards of excellence for the grooming industry. Through NAPCG-sponsored lectures and educational material such as exclusive publications, groomers are able to expand their repertoire of professional skills beyond the basics, increasing their business’ marketability while safely unleashing their creativity.
Whether a groomer is a seasoned creative competitor or simply looking for new, exciting techniques to introduce into their salon, the NAPCG has something to offer. A membership with the organization, subscription to CGQ: Creative Groomer Quarterly, participation in workshops, webinars, and lectures are excellent ways to start learning or to add to existing creative knowledge.
The NAPCG is the only educational organization that offers a certification program (both written and practical examinations) for the professional groomer to accomplish a higher level of education. The NAPCG certification program ensures that groomers understand the safety concerns involved with creative grooming while also helping address the legitimate concerns of clients and pet owners.
Note: We believe that creative grooming techniques are best utilized in addition to basic grooming knowledge and an understanding of breed profile grooms. For this reason, we encourage groomers to seek continuing education in all areas of the profession.