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Anyone certified with either of the cat grooming associations?  Is it very difficult?  Is one association more difficult than the other?  How many cats do you have to have to certify with?  Are they as hard to find as dogs with good coats for certifying? Any advice appreciated!
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I'm in NCGIA and I'd like to certify but I wish you could do the practical by sending  DVDs maybe one bad cat, one good cat, one lion clip.

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I'm joining NCGIA for sure and they look really good.  I know there are four writtens.  Have you taken any of them?  I wonder how hard they are.  And as for the practicals...do you have to supply your own cats like you do when  you certify in the dog grooming associations?  I was just hoping someone who had been through it would answer, but I can always ask Danelle too.  Good luck...maybe I'll see you at one of the shows where we are doing our practicals!!
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Bath cat girls came back from the Chicago show with upper respiratory infections....typical of cats who are out of their element.  But they ARE the NCGIA so you can ask them questions when they are ready to awaken, stretch themselves a while,  do a little self-grooming, use their litter boxes, THEN they will be purr-fectly happy to anwer your questions.


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hehehe yes with us cats, there is always something!!!  The show was fantastic, we LOVE the chicagoins, the area is full of spunk over cat grooming!!  We had a fabulous show and the response we got was super. 
 I can only speak for the NCGIA, as it is the original cat grooming organization and had set a standard of excellence all over the world with the training it provides.  Any credible certification process is not easy, or we would all be certified and the oganization and any titles awarded would have little meaning.  It takes real skill, an abundance of feline related knowledge as well as hardwork and practice to gain the coveted CFMG title.  It is not easy but it most likely will be the most beneficial thing you have ever done for yourself and business.  For certification testing info visit http://www.nationalcatgroomers.com .....You DO NOT need a purebred cat for testing purposes, although a Persian, Himilayan or Exoctic or a poorly bred cat that closely resembles one is needed for a face trim. The worse shape your test cat is in to start the better (exept in the case of pelts, those can only be used for your standard Lion Clip exam). If you are able to transform a matted greasy and drandruffy into a cat ready for the showring, your score will reflect your high level of skill needed to perform such a transformation!  A cat that is already ready for the ring is hard to improve so therefore your score will reflect that the level of skill needed to attain perfection was not very high.  All 5 practicals can be done on two cats if done in the right order.  Shorthair, and a longhair with some matts.  Our members have the priviledge of one on one support and contact with a certified instructor to answer questions and gain knowledge and support from us, even in the middle of yours and our workdays, we are willing and waiting to help our members.

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Thanks for the reply Cattitude!  Glad you guys had a good time in Chicago...sorry to hear about the cough/cold...feel better soon.

Yes of course I am sure it is going to be hard work, but I am soooo ready!  I just was really wondering how many cats I was going to need in order to complete the practicals.  For a lot of people, coming up with enough dogs (4) with excellent coats and enough growth to certify with is usually a big issue.  I just wondered if it was going to be the same sort of issue in this process.

Look forward to meet you soon and thanks for taking the time out of your workday to respond!
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Cattitude did a great job of answering your questions before I could ever find time to get on here.  
We just updated our website to include easier ways to pay and register for membership and 
exams as well as check out the new training products that are available.  Once you
sign up for membership you'll be able to enter your own listing on the pages by 
state and/or country.  (we are still waiting for over 100 of our members to update 
and add their listing to the new site, so if any of you are reading this, get thee over there and add your stuff .

As Lindsay said you can do all 5 practicals with only 2 cats if you plan it out right. The standards are high, I will warn you.  But the skills you learn and the results you can produce are outstanding in a way that will help you grow your business.  Our intention is for the title of CFMG to mean something, and even more than that, make you the best cat groomer possible.  The standards are written to that end.  And we are pleased to say that we have several from all over the world who have attained that title recognition thus far. 

We look forward to having you join us!

Danelle
 


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And I am pleased to say that I am one of those that attained that title recently! I am a CFMG! I also earned my NCMG in August. I'm very proud to be part of both organizations. 
Even though I have been grooming cats for 12 years, I like that I learned new and better techniques from the NCGIA than I had previously been using. My cats looked good before, but they look much better now. If Catwoman or Catgirl recommend it, I buy it, because I know they only recommend what works the best, through their own experience. 

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