National Cat Groomers Institute
Exceptional Cat Grooming Standards
Who Are We?
The NCGI is an international cat groomer organization providing training, education & certification.
Learn Cat Grooming
We have online courses, books, DVDs, webinars, hands-on training and more to improve your cat grooming techniques and business.
WELCOME TO NCGIA
REAL CATS. REAL ISSUES. REAL SOLUTIONS.
The National Cat Groomers Institute was formed in May 2007 for the purpose of setting and maintaining cat grooming standards, providing real-life training, and awarding certification to those that wish to take certification exams.
The NCGI is the only feline-specific groomers’ association to offer such extensive training and certification to people around the globe, whether they are already working within the pet grooming industry or they are simply looking for a new career.
Cat grooming provides a very niche and lucrative business opportunity worldwide with very little start up costs, rapid training process, and extraordinary earning potential.
ABOUT NATIONAL CAT GROOMERS INSTITUTE
Our goal as a professional organization is to offer the best possible products, education and services for cat groomers of all experience levels. It is possible to groom cats safely, efficiently and with a beautiful finish. Let us show you how! We also have a number of business growth tools available to help you build a successful cat grooming business and clientele!
WHY GET CERTIFIED?
The certification process is meant to be challenging, but also rewarding. Each Certified Feline Master Groomer has demonstrated mastery of a variety of cat grooming techniques, handling skills, grooming services and knowledge. The process includes 4 written exams and 5 in-person practical exams. The NCGI’s products and certification are the most in-depth and through cat grooming programs available anywhere in the world. Get started today!
FIND CERTIFIED FELINE MASTER GROOMERS & NCGIA MEMBERS
CAT GROOMING IS SO MUCH MORE THAN SPOT SHAVING MATS!
LEARN CAT GROOMING
We have helped hundreds of cat grooming students all over the world, from every possible background and experience level. Whether you are an experienced groomer of 20 years, or this is your first introduction to the cat grooming industry, we are here to help you achieve your goals!
Hover over, read the descriptions below and click on the one that best describes you to get personalized recommendations for the next step in your cat grooming journey!
Brand new to the industry! Is cat grooming for me? Is it possible to have a career and making money doing this?
Not quite sure if this is for me, I’m interested in checking out a few things to see if this program is what I’m looking for. I may (or may not) already be a member of the NCGIA.
Already grooming cats, but maybe there’s a better way? A safer way, with better results and earning more money!
I have cat grooming clients already, but they mostly come once a year or when their cats are matted messes! How can I get them on better schedules?
This is definitely for me! What is my next step to get certified and become an awesome cat groomer??
I’m overwhelmed! I’m interested in learning more about cat grooming, but I have a super busy work/life schedule and I’m just not sure how I can get everything done!
Complete Cat Groomer Training Syllabus
The Syllabus is a self-paced program that includes books, DVDs and online courses. NCGI Instructors guide you through 10-weeks of materials and provide constant feedback through a private Facebook group. Click to learn more.
Our online courses provide a combination of lectures, video demonstrations, step-by-step tutorials, exercises to practice and much more. Once purchased, each course comes with lifetime access. Courses include the Lion Cut, Grooming the Aggressive Cat, Marketing 101, and much more! See our Library here.
Ultimate Cat Groomer Encyclopedia
The Ultimate Cat Groomer Encyclopedia is hands-down the best written product available worldwide on cat grooming. Topics include a huge variety of cat grooming services, cat breeds, health concerns, business overview and more. We are confident you will find this book an invaluable resource for your cat grooming! Purchase here.
We have multiple DVDs available to see cat grooming demonstrations and working with different temperaments & behaviors. Our favorites include Here Kitty Kitty, Get a Grip, and the Mobile Grooming series with Danelle & Jodi Murphy! See our DVDs here.
Members Only Resources
Signing up for membership is the first step towards certification, but there are also a number of resources available only to members! This includes a HUGE library of recorded webinars (over 40 hours!), client hand-outs and forms, interviews with other cat groomers, and a private Facebook group for members only. Click to sign up today!
NCGI frequently travels around the world for trade show seminars, lectures, workshops and private instruction. Previous shows include Hershey Groom Expo, Atlanta Pet Fair, All American, Pasadena, Zoo Russia, and much more! Contact us or follow us on Facebook to see upcoming workshops and events.
Certification Study Materials
Start certification with studying for your 4 written exams by purchasing your study materials. The Written Exam Certification Prep includes all materials needed to study for and pass the written exams towards CFMG certification (Temperament & Handling, Breeds, Colors & Genetics, Anatomy & Health, and Business Management). Click here to purchase your study materials.
NCGI has Approved Trainers and Certifiers available around the globe to provide private instruction, hands-on with real cats! Both Trainers & Certifiers can host students at their salon or travel to the students’ salon for instruction. Certifiers are able to proctor both written and practical exams towards CFMG certification. See the full list here.
Free Popular Webinars
We have several popular cat grooming webinars with sessions coming up soon. And did we mention that they were totally FREE? Click here to see the webinars and when you can join us!
Check out our YouTube channel for video tips, interviews with cat groomers and recommendations for all things cat grooming! Make sure to subscribe to get notified of our latest content.
I had been a groomer for twenty years or better before I had heard of the NCGIA. I think I did an adequate job with cats if you consider there was no cat grooming school and very little information out there when I started. I was very excited when I saw what was possible. Going to the school and becoming a CFMG was very important to me. It gave me the feeling of being the best at something and I felt reinvigorated. Learning and growing in your chosen field keeps it from feeling stale and heads off “groomer burnout.” I believe, and I tell others this all the time, I think my cat grooming skills improved 100% just from the educational materials alone. I also feel a bond with my classmates. We achieved it together. There are a small number of CFMGs worldwide, I’m very proud to be among their number.
KATRINA HENRIE / L’MEW FELINE EXCLUSIVE DAY SPA
I am a long time dog groomer; I had some cat experience when I left for NCGIA in 2014. I was also a new grooming business owner at that time. I signed up to improve my cat grooming skills and increase my cat clientele. I attended NCGIA, and I left with so much more! NCGIA helped enable me to be more confident as a professional groomer and business owner, to say the least. The knowledge and skills I learned grew my cat business. I have over 250 cat clients, most on regular schedules, and business is good! I cannot speak highly enough about the instruction I received and the techniques I learned. Becoming a CFMG opened up a new world for me. I became a cat grooming professional. I know my cat breeds, how to re-book a client, charge what I am worth, safely handle any cat that comes my way, and so much more! NCGIA has breathed new life into this groomer’s career.
MELISSA HALL / A TOUCH OF CLASS
As a public school teacher I was at the top of the scale for my level of education, plus I was paid and additional stipend because I had my masters degree. When that was factored into my 15 years of experience, my time teaching at private schools was not recognized, divided by the number of days I actually worked, I can tell you I make more now in three hours of cat grooming than I made in one day (6 hours with students plus prep, district paperwork and parent communications) of teaching. I can also say, I make more in three days (my current work week for seeing clients) than I did in 5 days of teach with none of the headaches or nonsense that goes along with the bureaucracy of a public held position. Looking for a second career, and love cats, I absolutely suggest getting your CFMG and starting your own business as a feline exclusive cat groomer!
DEBORAH HANSEN / KITTY’S PURRFECT SPA
To say my decision to jump on a plane with 2 weeks notice and fly across to the other side of the world was a good investment is an understatement. I was previously a dog exclusive groomer who wanted knowledge and skill before touching cats. Now, 6 years later I have sold my dog grooming business, have Queensland’s first cat exclusive salon which is booked out 6-8 weeks in advance. More on Saturdays. I am now making more money with less work and have learned to value myself and my work. This would not have been possible without learning from Danelle and the NCGIA. Thank you.
REEDA CLOSE / ARISTOCATS DAY SPA
How Can We Help
Questions For Us? Contact The NCGI
Can I Make Money Grooming Cats?
Definitely! Cat grooming is a booming, but still niche, market in the grooming industry. Premium service offered = premium prices paid!
Check out our free webinar, How to Make $144/hr Grooming Cats to learn more about how you can increase your bottom line.
I’m Already a Groomer, How Can I Improve My Cat Grooms?
We have a variety of resources available for groomers at every stage of their career. Need help with handling or working with challenging cats? Check out our article on Fractious Felines, Get a Grip DVD, the Handling Techniques for Cat Groomers book, or the Grooming the Aggressive Cat online course.
Join us at our next session of our FREE webinar, the 3 Biggest Mistakes Groomers Make When Grooming Cats (and how not to make them!)
The Complete Cat Groomer Training Syllabus is perfect for groomers who want to get a kick start to their instruction. We also have a team of Approved Trainers and Certifiers available around the world who offer private hands-on instruction for students.
How Do I Become A Certified Cat Groomer
The certification process includes signing up for membership with the NCGI, passing 4 written exams and mastering the grooming elements over 5 practical exams. Start your journey by signing up for membership.
We highly recommend students go through the Complete Cat Groomer Training Syllabus before attempting exams. This entire program covers cat grooming from A to Z and will help you prepare for both your written and hands-on portions.