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National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA)

For over 50 years, the association has worked with groomers worldwide, promoting and encouraging professionalism and education to upgrade the image of the pet grooming profession. Our goal is to unite groomers through membership, to promote communication with colleagues, to set recognized grooming standards, and to offer those seeking a higher level of professional recognition the opportunity to have their grooming skills certified.

Company Profile
NDGAA was established in 1969 by Robert D. Reynolds in the hopes of uniting pet groomers through membership. Upon his passing in 1985, his son Jeff Reynolds took over the Executive Director role, with his wife Mary Ann coming on board as association secretary later that year.

We are a professional membership association of persons engaged in the grooming and care of dogs for the promotion of excellence in professional standards. Our curriculum of activities includes educational workshops and certification testing, conduction of meetings, seminars, trade shows, and grooming competitions.

To benefit our registered & certified members, we began federally registering two well-recognized and long-used service marks, the dog/striped pole logo and the National Certified Master Groomer® phrase. On May 14, 1993, the NDGAA “Striped Pole and Poodle Logo” was issued Registration No. 1,755,787 on the Principle Register at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The National Certified Master Groomer phrase was issued on October 11, 1994, Registration No. 1,858,295 on the Supplemental Register at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It is a violation to use said logo or state Certified or Registered Membership without the permission of the National Dog Groomers Association of America, Inc. Registration of these marks provides the legal leverage to enforce our rights and stop unauthorized use of the logo and NCMG phrase. In this way, we can ensure that our symbol & certification signify the highest quality grooming services available and that these high standards are maintained for the future of the profession. NDGAA remains the only organization to solidify its trademarks to protect our member’s professional integrity.

NDGAA boasts an impressive listing of benefits for members. We were the first groomers association to add a fully endorsed Professional Liability plan for members. This plan insures you against claims resulting from the performance of your professional services, an insurance plan no business can do without!

Continuing educational workshop and Certification testing were launched in 1988 and continues today. Our educational programs are an important addition to the pet grooming industry. With 12+ workshop/testing sites conducted annually, NDGAA maintains the busiest and most impressive schedule of activities. Please visit our website for more information.


Intergroom is an international grooming conference held each year in New Jersey. In addition to grooming competitions, the conference features an extensive continuing education seminar series with topics of timely interest to groomers and salon managers. Attendees also have an opportunity to view grooming and industry-related products and equipment at the Trade Show. Please visit our website for more information.

International Society of Canine Cosmetologists

The International Society of Canine Cosmetologists is a for-profit service-oriented organization designed for professional pet stylists’ continuing education and advancement. Dedicated to providing essential communication, networking, continuing education, and certification services, ISCC provides a balanced and varied program of local, regional, and national activities to keep you on top of the latest trends, innovations, and issues facing our industry. Novice or veteran, ISCC membership is a valuable resource that will facilitate your ability to establish contact with others within your profession to call on for guidance. You’ll find that ISCC offers a variety of services through a number of different educational and social opportunities, all designed to enrich you professionally and personally. Please visit our website.

GroomTeam USA

Our Mission:
To utilize GroomTeam USA as a vehicle to encourage continued education, growth, pride, and the competitive spirit within the pet styling industry. GroomTeam USA, Inc. is strictly a non-profit organization that encourages professional pet stylists in this country to maximize their grooming education and skills and offers them the opportunity to represent the United States of America at World Team Competitions. Team selection is based on points accumulated at various GroomTeam-sanctioned contests held throughout the country over a two-year period. GroomTeam USA, Inc. sends the top point earners as a team, all expenses paid, to compete abroad (think of it as the “Olympics of Professional Pet Styling”). GroomTeam USA, Inc., is entirely funded through generous donations from within the pet styling industry, including major corporate sponsors, auctions held at shows, and merchandise sales. The Board of Directors, Officers, Associates, and many helpers volunteer their time. Our Organization wishes to thank all who developed the concept of GroomTeam back in 1987, believed in its potential, and have provided support over the years allowing it to thrive.