Track III represents the highest level of industry accreditation groomers can achieve. Successful participants earn the prestigious title International Certified Master Groomer, and may use the globally-recognised letters “ICMG” after their name.

To enrol, you must have successfully completed Tracks I and II, and have experience grooming purebred dogs from three of the major breed groups to correct breed profile, and perfected your skills in producing stylish, balanced trims for mixed breed pet dogs.  You must be familiar with Australian Breed Standards, and be capable of demonstrating a high level of skill employing all methods of grooming including clipping, scissoring, blending, carding and hand-stripping and putting a “finish” on the dog’s coat.

This track consists of 5 modules, covered by a 60 page A4 training manual which explains what is required to select, prepare and groom dogs for each of the four practical examinations, and discusses how to familiarise yourself with breed standards and breed histories, focusing upon the segments which contribute information and instruction towards grooming each breed.

1. Master Groomer Theory

The preliminary Master’s Written Test includes 450 questions covering terminology, anatomy, reading breed standards and achieving shape, angulation and elegance in advanced grooming.  Breed specific questions in this test focus upon breeds not covered by the other written tests.  This test must be completed in 2.5 hours.

2. Terrier Group

The written test comprises 100 questions focusing upon breed recognition and Terriers’ unique grooming requirements.  This test must be completed in 1 hour.

The practical examination may be conducted using any purebred Terrier which has sufficient coat for the groomer to achieve a clear difference in the dog’s appearance using correct carding and hand-stripping techniques (for example, smooth coated terriers are not appropriate).

IPG recognises 99% of dogs groomed by groomers are pets, not show dogs, thus we do allow the use of clippers and scissors on Terriers so long as extensive effort is made to achieve the correct, natural appearance for the breed in question. Likewise, furnishings (where applicable) need not be grown as long as would be the case for a show dog, but must be sufficiently present for the groomer to demonstrate the traditional breed pattern.  There is a 2 hour time limit, excluding bathing/drying/preparation time.

3. Gundog Group

The written test comprises 100 questions focusing upon breed recognition and Gundogs’ unique grooming requirements.  This test must be completed in 1 hour.

The practical examination may be conducted using any purebred English or American Cocker Spaniel, English or Welsh Springer Spaniel or English or Irish Setter which has sufficient coat for the groomer to achieve a clear difference in the dog’s appearance using correct carding, hand-stripping, clipping, scissoring and blending techniques.

IPG recognises 99% of dogs groomed by groomers are pets, not show dogs, thus we do allow the use of clippers on the jackets of gundogs so long as extensive effort is made to achieve the traditional length and natural look for the coat. Likewise, furnishings need not be grown as long as would be the case for a show dog, but must be sufficiently present for the groomer to demonstrate the traditional breed pattern.

There is a 2 hour time limit, excluding bathing/drying/preparation time.

4. Non-Sporting Group

The written test comprises 100 questions focusing upon breed recognition and certain breed-specific grooming requirements.  This test must be completed in 1 hour.

The practical examination may be conducted using any purebred Poodle or Bichon Frise which has sufficient coat for the groomer to achieve a clear difference in the dog’s appearance using correct scissoring techniques to create a traditional breed trim (this may be shorter than would be required in the show ring).

The purpose of this exam is to assess your scissoring skills, thus no more than 20% of the dog’s body may be trimmed using clippers and snap-on combs.

There is a 2 hour time limit, excluding bathing/drying/preparation time (Poodle feet may be clipped prior to the examination).

5. Mixed Breed

The written test comprises 100 questions reviewing the knowledge gained throughout Tracks I, II and III. This test must be completed in 1 hour.

The practical examination may be conducted using any breed or mixed breed dog which has sufficient coat for the groomer to achieve a clear difference in the dog’s appearance using a combination of clippers, snap-on combs and scissoring to achieve a pleasing trim showing balance and angulation, bring out the best in the dog.  (For example, an ‘Oodle or Shih Tzu X in a teddy type trim would be appropriate).

There is a 2 hour time limit, excluding bathing/drying/preparation time.

How are assessments conducted?

IPG’s Australian Certifier, Nicky Renwood, travels throughout Australia and New Zealand assessing practical examinations. Written tests may be conducted in front of Nicky on these occasions, or you may request to complete them in advance in front of a proctor and either post/email them to Nicky or hand them over in person on the day of your examination.  Group examinations are organised each year at major centres in order to minimise travel fees, or Nicky is prepared to travel to individual salons wherever possible, for an additional charge.    Assessments can also coincide with grooming competitions. A score of 86% or higher is required to pass all tests.

How much does it cost?

Each of the five modules costs AUD $255.00, bringing the total cost of Track III to AUD $1,275.00 .  You may enrol in and pay for one or more module(s) at a time, or all five at once – it is up to you and your budget!  These prices do not include assessor travel charges, as these are calculated on an individual basis.

How can I enrol?

Submit your details using our Enrol Online page, then you will be taken to our payments page to make your Track selections and pay securely via Credit Card or PayPal account.