PPGAI 3rd Grooming Competition and Intl. Certification Exam
Date : 13th December 2023
Time: 10:00 A.M – 6:00PM
Venue : Andheri West, Mumbai
Novice Class Salon Freestyle Eligibility:
Only for groomers with LESS THAN 5 years of grooming experience
Only those who have never won 'Best in Show' or three 1st placements in any previous grooming contests
Not for Owners or Breeders who have "finished a champion"
Not for Instructors, Judges or CertifierS
Open Class Salon Freestyle Eligibility:
Open to all Competitors/Stylists/Professional groomers. A contestant placing and defeating someone in open division at any show is prohibited from competing in intermediate or entry division.
DOGS BREEDS ACCEPTED FOR ALL SALON FREESTYLE CLASSES
All breeds that can display a noticeable change post grooming, will be accepted
Preferred breeds - All long coated dogs (e.g. Shihtzu, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, Poodle Mixes, Bichon, Pomeranian, Chow chow, Cocker Spaniel etc.)
Breeds not accepted - Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Saint Bernard, Setters, Labrador etc
Show Dog Class:
Open to all Competitors/ Breeders/Stylists/Professional groomers.
Only show standard grooming on long haired dogs will be accepted
Breeds to consider -
Scissoring - Poodle (all sizes), Bichon, Bedlington Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten terrier and Other scissoring breeds
Hand stripping - Schnauzer (all sizes), Cocker Spaniel, Wire fox Terrier, Other wire coated breeds requiring Hand stripping
Model Dog Mixed Class: (Grooming on Fake Fur Model dogs)
Open to all Competitors/ Breeders/Stylists/Professional groomers.
All types of styles are allowed, including creative grooming.
Breed standard haircut on model dog wig -
Bichon - Breed standard
Poodle - Lamb Trim / Scandinavian Trim/ Continental Trim
All contestants Must carry their own model dog skeleton and good quality wig
Wigs MUST be fixed on the skeleton and brushed out thoroughly before entering the show ring
ALL CLASSES MUST PREPARE THEIR DOGS BEFORE ENTERING THE COMPETITION RING.
KNOTS AND MATTS WILL LEAD TO MINUS MARKING BY THE JUDGE
CONTESTANTS ARE ALLOWED TO WASH AND BRUSH THEIR DOGS BEFORE THE COMPETITION
SANITARY TRIM - PAWS AND HYGIENE AREA MAY BE TRIMMED IN ADVANCE (EXCEPT POODLE PAWS)
NAILS MUST BE CUT AND FILED BEFORE
EARS MAY BE PLUCKED AND CLEANED PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION
All competitors must wear competition aprons
Appropriate grooming attire and shoes should be worn at all times. Slippers, shorts etc. will not be allowed
Professional manner, attitude and good sportsmanship must be practiced at all times. These attributes are displayed when a competitor respects fellow competitors, judges, and contest dogs.
Contestants must maintain a safe styling station at all times, (open scissors left on the table for the dog to step on is an example of an unsafe styling station,) practice safe handling techniques at all times, apply technical skills with safety. Nicks, cuts and clipper burns are considered unsafe technical skill applications.
ANY GRIEVANCES MUST BE ADDRESSED BEFORE THE WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED
Strictly Prohibited in Contest Ring:
Cell phones, radios and headsets, hair dryers, flame devices or smoking, beverages not in spill proof containers, visual or written instructions, very large tack boxes, kennel crates, standing on tables or chairs, coaching by anyone at any time during the competition
Warnings and Disqualifications:
Judges and Show Management will monitor the contestants during the competition to ensure a professional atmosphere is maintained. Warnings may be given to include: unprofessional image, unprofessional conduct, unsafe skill application, unsafe grooming station, unsafe handling, etc. A second warning may result in dismissal from the class. A third warning may result in dismissal from the show.
ALL DECISIONS OF THE JUDGE WILL BE FINAL. THERE WILL BE NO GRIEVANCES CONSIDERED AFTER ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS.
-Level C and Level B Certification in Pure Breed Category, Salon Free Style Pet Grooming Category
-Level A Certification Pure Breed (Scissoring), Terrier (Hand-Stripping) & Spaniels Category
-Are open for participating groomers who are members of PPGAI.
• Level ‘C’ Certification
-Level C Certification is open for all students from any grooming school or any experienced groomers that are acknowledged by their company.
• Level ‘B’ Certification
-Accept all certificates from different grooming association in India or overseas. Example, if you are a level C Certified Groomer from any grooming association in India or overseas, you can enter Level B Certification. Provided the Level ‘C’ Certificate is held above 6 months.
• Level ‘A’ Certification
-Accept all certificates from different grooming association in India or overseas. Example, if you are a level A Certified Groomer from any grooming association in India or overseas, you can enter Level A Certification.
• MGA Level B holders registering for Level A certification please take note:-
-Must hold both MGA Level B Pure Breed Certificate + MGA Level B Salon Free Style Certificate
-Based on the above, the first MGA Level B certificate must be held old above 1 year
Minimum Age: 16 years and above ( Any ages below 16 years old must provide Parents/Guardian authorization letter.)
Registration Method & Fees:
a) Registration Fee OPEN CLASS + CERTIFICATION EXAM
Level C – INR 9000 ; Level B – INR 10000 ; Level A – INR 12000
b) For Certification Exam registration provide 2 Passport Size photo
c) For applicants of Level A & B, proof of certifications (photocopy) must be attached to entry form. Incomplete entries will be rejected.
d) Non-certified participants are welcome to join Level C Certification.
e) Must be a member of PPGAI
f) To Register, visit www.ppgai.com/competition
Rules & Regulations:
a) Participating Dog requirements and Grooming Patterns:
Breed listing in different category for Level C, B, A
Minimum Age: Must be above 10 months old
Dog’s coat must not be trimmed for at least 1 month (4 weeks) for Level C (with sufficient length for good turnover)-2 months (8 weeks) for Level B and Level A.
Participating Dog’s coat must be well brushed with its original length for Competition Class
Any participants found guilty of pre-pruning or pre-marking activities will be penalized as appropriate in the final points awarded.
Certification Models Special Note:
Poodle Show Grooming- Show Puppy Trim eligible for puppy below 12 months old only! For Poodle above 12 months, only allow Show Continental, English Saddle or Scandinavian (Second Puppy).
Note: For Poodle Show Trim, Swell are required to re-groom during certification, any switches found will be deemed as cheating
b) Participants are required to shampoo and blow dry the participating dog before heading to certification venue.
c) Certification & Competition Time & Result Level
Exam & Competition Time: 2 Hours for all category, all breeds, except Standard Poodle will be given 30 minutes extra (2 hours 30 minutes)
Level C Passing Mark is 70 points, Level B 80 Points and Level A 90 Points
After passing level A Pure Breed (Scissoring), Terrier (Hand-Stripping) & Spaniels categories you are titled as MGA Master Groomer.
(1) All participants are required to enter the certification ring 1 hour before certification/competition commence.
(2) The late comers will be allowed to participate, but shall not be given extension in the certification/competition time.
(3) For all category in Level A, only standard grooming is allowed.
(4) In order to become MGA Master Groomer, you need to pass all 3 categories in Level A with above 90 passing points.
(5) Dogs falling from the table or injured dogs will not be scored.
(6) Incomplete work will not be judged.
(7) Must put on the apron provided by PPGAI, no school or any brand uniform are allow in the ring.
(8) Candidates must bring their own grooming tools. Grooming table will be provided.
(9) Judge’s decision will be final.
(10) On the certification day, fully paid certificate fees and 2 passport size photos will be required.