Taking C.F.M.G. Exams

Written Exams:

  1. Temperament & Handling (25 questions)
  2. Breeds, Colors & Genetics (50 questions)
  3. Anatomy & Health (55 questions)
  4. Business Management (essay)

Each exam must be taken under observation by an approved proctor. Proctors can include NCGIA Trainers & Certifiers, librarians, teachers, members of the clergy, etc. They CANNOT be related to the student or an employer or employee of the student. NCGIA staff may also offer to proctor written exams during trade shows attended or at workshops (if time allows).

The first three exams are “short answer” questions, as in the answers will be anywhere from one word to several sentences. There are no multiple choice, true/false or word banks. The final written exam is an essay, there will be an essay question provided and formatting guidelines on the exam. There are no notes, study materials, etc. permitted during any exam. Each exam has a time limit of 1 hour. A passing grade of 85% for each exam is required for certification.

Students with learning or language challenges may inquire with the NCGIA office to set up an exam with an additional time allowance, questions given orally, etc. based on the student’s needs. However, NCGIA retains the right to limit these allowances to maintain the high standard of each exam. 

To register for a written exam, scroll down to fill out the registration form. An exam fee of $65.00 is required per exam attempt and must be paid before an exam will be sent to the designated proctor.

Practical Exams:

  1. Shorthaired Full Coat Groom (includes a de-shed and nail cap application)
  2. Longhaired Full Coat Groom (includes a sanitary clip, half-belly shave and full belly shave)
  3. Lion Cut – Standard
  4. Lion Cut – Variation
  5. Comb Cut (includes a face trim and toe tuft trim)

Practical exams must be taken in-person with a NCGIA Certifier (no exceptions, no video or Skyped exams permitted). There are no required purchases before practical exams can be attempted, however we highly recommend the Complete Cat Groomer Training Syllabus, online courses, books, DVDs and/or private instruction with an NCGIA Trainer or Certifier.

Each practical exam is graded on the required elements (listed above), plus proper tool & product usage, appropriate handling & safety, a coat that is thoroughly bathed, blown dry and combed out, trimmed nails, cleaned ears & eyes, and neat, crisp shaving for any clipper work. Each cat groom has a time limit of approximately 60-90 minutes, based on the cat’s behavior and temperament. A passing grade of 85% for each exam is required for certification.

To set up a practical exam session, contact the Certifier for availability. Certifiers will take extensive photos and notes during an exam session. They will submit these photos and a score sheet to the NCGIA office to finalize grading of practical exams. An exam fee of $65.00 per exam must be submitted to NCGIA directly once grades are confirmed as a pass.

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