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Apex Academy of Professional Grooming & Animal Arts provides an extensive two-week Feline Groomer Program. We provide this program to educate the student in the art of cat grooming. The student graduates from the Feline Grooming Program with a keen understanding of the core learnings listed below. We also provide this program to prepare a student to write their exams to become a Certified Feline Master Groomer through the National Cat Groomers Institute.
Here are two ways in which we can prepare students to achieve their Certified Feline Master Groomer title.
#1. Apex provides a Feline Grooming Program three times a year with a class involvement of up to 6 students. Please refer to our schedule page for dates of this program. It is an extensive two week course where we will teach all the theory and hands-on instruction necessary to write the practicum and written tests for the National Cat Groomers Institution. In saying this, the testing for the CFMG title is added on to the end of the one week (usually the Thursday-Friday of the second week), but only if you choose to achieve this status in addition to your Feline Grooming Certificate. If you are ready and wish to complete your Certified Feline Master Groomer title, we HIGHLY recommend it!
#2. We also offer the Personalized Private Instruction (PPI). PPI is a one-on-one training based on your needs to prepare you for the cat grooming world and for achieving your Certified Feline Master Groomer title. This program will be designed exclusively for YOU! Should you take the Personalized Private Instruction, you can complete your theory online with the Complete Cat Groomer Training Syllabus through the National Cat Groomers Institute. Should you use the Syllabus path for your learning, use coupon code CONNIE2018 to save $200 off!
All the materials are available a la carte through their webstore. Perhaps you just need help in one area? Check out their resources to pinpoint the areas you are looking to improve. This way we can tailor the program to your specific needs. Please note the National Cat Groomers Institute also offers a 3-month payment plan for the Syllabus.
Apex Feline Groomer Program
THEORY 10 hours
PRACTICUM 46 hours
PROGRAM 7 days- 10 days (depending if you choose Certification)
Optional addition of 3+ Days (as needed) for Certified Feline Master GroomER testing- both written and practicum. The Apex Feline Groomer Program will be scheduled 3X a year and will be offered to eight students for each session. The Feline Groomer Program is a seven day (56 hour) program, meeting on Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm
We have based this program on the National Cat Groomer’s Institute guidelines and we will be utilizing many of their resources. The course will consist of the following components:
- Feline health and anatomy
- Feline breeds and colors
- Working on different feline coats
- Understanding temperaments
- Safe handling skills
- Feline grooming needs
- Product, tool, equipment usage
- CPR and First Aid
- Grooming Elements
- Hands-on grooming
- Business management
- Starting and growing your feline grooming business
- Marketing your business
books required $395
Prices are subject to change and will be discussed at time of registration.
Payment plans are available. A deposit of 50% and completed registration form is required to book dates. Balance is due 30 days prior to first day of training. THIS FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE. DEPENDING ON CIRCUMSTANCES, WE MAY BE ABLE TO TRANSFER YOUR ATTENDANCE TO A DIFFERENT SESSION.
Apex Feline Groomer Program Session Dates for 2018/ 2019
PLEASE NOTE WE REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS FOR THESE CLASSES TO RUN. SHOULD WE NOT HAVE A MINIMUM ENROLLMENT THE DATES WILL BE CANCELLED & YOU CAN EITHER RESCHEDULE OR BE REFUNDED IN FULL.
September 24-October 5, 2018 (including certification days)
January 7- 18, 2019 (including certification days)
April 29- May 10, 2019 (including certification days)
August 22- September 5, 2019 (including certification days)
January 6-17, 2020 (including certification days)
Want to test for your Certified Feline Master Groomer status after the one week Apex Feline Groomer Program?
Optional Certification Available: Optional certification is available through the National Cat Groomers Institute of America, Inc. In order to receive the Certified Feline Master Groomer™ (CFMG™) title, a student must complete the nine (9) exams required for certification by the National Cat Groomers Institute, Inc. and receive an 85% or higher passing grade on all exams. There is an additional cost for the nine (9) certification exams (Please see National Cat Groomers Institute of America, Inc. certification publication for more information.)
All written exams and theory exams will be done on the Monday, Tuesday , and Wednesday (if needed) following your Apex Feline Groomer Program. Some students do not require the third day as they can complete all exams on Monday and Tuesday.
A fee of $250 per day goes to Apex for administrating the tests and this will be added to your account for each test day you require.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS OPTIONAL. THE PURPOSE OF OUR APEX FELINE GROOMER PROGRAM IS TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO WRITE THESE EXAMS WITH SUCCESS. THE FEES FOR CERTIFICATION ARE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE NATIONAL CAT GROOMERS INSTITUTE. THESE EXAMS CAN BE ADMINISTERED ALL OR IN PART AT THE END OF THE ONE WEEK CLASS THAT APEX OFFERS SHOULD ANY STUDENT FEEL PREPARED TO TAKE THEM.
PERSONALIZED PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
Need hands on training with real cats? We provide the industry's most thorough and effective hands on training for beginners, experienced groomers and those wanting to obtain certification. Whatever your needs are, we can customize a program just for you with one or more days of Personalized Private Instruction (PPI). Some popular formats are below.
Example PPI Schedules (schedule is based on student completing the Online NCGI Syllabus prior to attending Apex)
For the Cat Owner (1 day)
- overview of equipment and tools
- demonstration of a full groom
- practice at home maintenance (nails, ears, eyes, combing)
- assistance with full groom
Beginner Cat Groomer (4-5 days recommended)
- Day 1: Safety & handling discussion, becoming a professional cat groomer, demonstration of full groom can include nails, ears, sanitary trimming techniques
- Day 2: Handling skills and grooming can include sanitary trim, belly shave, de-shedding techniques, and Soft Paws application.
- Day 3: Handling skills and grooming can include belly shave, comb cut, face trim and reinforcement of previous grooming elements.
- Day 4: Handling skills and grooming can include lion cuts and reinforcement of previous grooming elements.
- Day 5: Handling skills and grooming can include lion cuts, more challenging temperaments and behaviours.
Intermediate Cat Groomer (1-3 days recommended)
- Day 1: Safety and handling discussion, demonstration of full groom can include nails, ears, sanitary and clipping techniques. Hands-on grooming of full groom with sanitary and/or belly shaving, de-shedding techniques, etc. Presentation of lion cut.
- Day 2: Handling skills and grooming can include lion cuts, comb cuts and shaving techniques.
- Additional Days can include:
- more practice of shaving techniques
- more variety of feline temperaments and behaviours
- challenging cats (senior, aggressive, matted, etc.)
- certification prep
All PPI Days are completed with a full written and verbal assessment for the student.
Tools & equipment Required
Each trainee needs to have the following list of items for any hands-on-training
- Air Muzzle
- Greyhound style comb
- Nail trimmer appropriate for cats
- Clipper with a #10 blade
- Grooming smock
If any of the above items are not brought to PPI training, they are available for purchase at the start of the training day. All other necessary tools, equipment and grooming products are provided by the Apex Academy and use of such is included in the cost.
Hours of Operation
1 hour lunch break
Cost for PPI Students
Tuition= $600 per day
Certification Testing @ Apex= $600 per day
Payment plans are available. A deposit of 50% and completed registration form is required to book dates. Balance is due 30 days prior to first day of training.
PPI fees are non-refundable, dates may be transferred with appropriate notice. (MINIMUM 1 WEEK NOTICE)
PPI dates book up quickly. It is wise to plan at least several months in advance. This will provide the additional benefit of allowing time to study prior to attending PPI
1 or 2 days of PPI
Some flexibility available, please allow 2-3 months notice
3,4,5 or more days PPI, please allow minimum 3 months notice
PERSONALIZED PRIVATE INSTRUCTION REGISTRATION FORM
Please submit the PPI Registration Form below with preferred dates to be placed on our waiting list or to request specific dates/months.