ICMG UK Professional Grooming Qualification Pathway




General Information

Certification is to be completed within five years either at grooming competitions, regional centres or selected colleges / training centres.

Certification may be taken in any order (Practical and Written). This does not apply to the Master’s Certification.

Five Practical Certifications

  1. Salon Details - Time allowed: dogs 42cm and under, one hour. Dogs 42cm and taller, two hours.
  2. Utility Breed – Time allowed: two hours. Dogs 42cm and taller, two hours 30 minutes.
  3. Gundogs – Time allowed: two hours. Dogs 42cm and taller, two hours 30 minutes.
  4. Terriers – Time allowed: two hours. Dogs 42cm and taller, two hours 30 minutes.
  5. Mixed Breed – Time allowed: two hours. Dogs 42cm and taller, two hours 30 minutes.

Five Written Certifications
  1. Salon Details – Time allowed: one hour.
  2. Utility Breed – Time allowed: one hour.
  3. Gundogs – Time allowed: one hour.
  4. Terriers – Time allowed: one hour.
  5. Mixed Breed – Time allowed: one hour.

Pass Marks

  • Salon Details: 80% or higher
  • Practical: 70% or higher
  • Written: 70% or higher

Pass all the certifications at the level shown above and become an International Certified Groomer (ICG)

Pass all the certifications at the level shown below and become an International Certified Master Groomer (ICMG)

  • Salon Details: 80% or higher
  • Practical: 86% or higher
  • Written: 86% or higher

Master’s Certification

  • Written only (four papers) – Time allowed: one hour per paper
  • Pass Mark: 86% or higher


Following successful completion of your Practical and Written assessments, you will be awarded the following certificate (sample is for ICMG certification):


For more information, please visit the BIGA Training Centres page.

The British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA)

A Not-for-Profit Trade Association and Community Support Network

 Registered at St. George‚Äôs House, 14 George Street, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE29 3GH. Reg. No. 10085801

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