|Posted on February 3, 2015 at 1:05 PM|
Before I began grooming cats, I wanted to be sure that I knew how to properly groom and handle them. In January of 2011, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the National Cat Groomers School in South Carolina, the only grooming school in the country that offers training and education exclusively for cats. For two weeks, I gained hands-on experience from the country’s leading cat groomers. Towards the end of the course, I took 9 certification exams – 5 practical and 4 written exams on various topics related to grooming. By passing those exams, I earned the title of Certified Feline Master Groomer™ (CFMG).
One reason I aspired to become a CFMG was to prove to myself that I had learned the necessary information to embark on a career as a cat groomer. But I could have learned everything I needed to know without taking any exams – exams that cost nearly $600 to take. So why spend the money for a simple title? I was driven to become a CFMG to demonstrate to owners that I am knowledgeable and passionate about what I do. Cat grooming is not my job – it is my career.
Additionally, I wanted to offer owners the comfort of knowing that I have a thorough education. It is important to remember that the grooming industry is unregulated, meaning that there is no level of training or education required for someone to call themselves a groomer. Anyone can say they are a groomer, but not everyone is a CFMG.
Categories: Continuing Education