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Online Training Courses

New to the industry!

The National Cat Groomers Institute is proud to announce the first of many online training courses available starting August 2015. Some online courses are free to all, some are free to NCGIA members, some are exclusively for CFMGs, and all others are paid courses that anyone can purchase and participate in.

While nothing replaces what can be learned through hands-on instruction by an instructor with live cats, the new NCGIA courses are perfect for teaching all of the theory behind successful cat grooming, specific grooming and handling techniques, the business courses that the NCGIA has become known for, and so much more!

We are excited to launch this new program that can be utilized by anyone in the world with access to the internet without any need for travel. All courses can be done at your own pace, at any time that is convenient to you!

Intro to Cat Grooming – Is Cat Grooming Right for You?


Find out the potential opportunities and benefits there are for skilled cat groomers and whether or not you have what it takes to be one of the few, the proud, the elite – a CFMG.

Member Benefits

FREE* (For current NCGIA Members)

All the NCGIA member goodies are included in this free online course. Over 40 hours of interviews, webinars, and lectures are organized by topic, almost 50 articles covering business growth, advertising, and client relations, and salon designs, layouts and articles to help build your cat grooming business.


PPI Orientation Course

FREE* (With the purchase of 2 or more days of PPI training)

Students who sign up for Personalized Private Instruction with NCGIA gain access to this course that includes information about attending PPI (where to stay, what to bring, and what to expect) and an overview of the topics, discussions and demonstrations that are included during hands-on grooming.

Cat Grooming Basics – Foundation to Success!


This 6-week course is designed to provide a thorough foundation in cat grooming knowledge and techniques. Great for groomers of all experience levels, it is a guided program that includes feline temperaments, breeds, health concerns, grooming tools & equipment, handling skills, grooming services and more. This course also includes brand new video clips and tutorials on all cat grooming services (bath, drying, deshedding, sanitary clip, belly shave, lion cut, comb cut, face trim, and more). It covers the material formerly taught over the first 3+ days of school session at the National Cat Groomers School. Now online so students can “attend” at home at their convenience for a fraction of the cost.

The Bath: Why and How


A solid bathing routine is imperative for a flawless finish on your cat grooms. This course is designed to not only provide techniques on thoroughly bathing cats, but also why a groom is not complete without a bath.

The Lion Cut


This mini-course is an in-depth look at the most popular cat trim: the lion cut. Follow along as Danelle instructs and demonstrates tips and tricks for getting the perfect lion cut every time on a wide range of cats.

The Face Trim


Having trouble getting the perfect expression on Persians, Himalayans and Exotics? This course provides an in-depth examination on the Face Trim. Based on show standards, the Face Trim is the finishing touch to any perfectly groomed Persian.

Grooming the Aggressive Cat


Many groomers struggle with handling and grooming aggressive cats. This course covers the steps needed to minimize risk, make sound choices, and get the job done with great results.

Senior Cats


The Senior Cats online course is designed to aid groomers to adjust grooming procedures to limit stress and discomfort for senior cats. This course addressing scheduling, adapting each element of the grooming process, common health problems, and recommendations for the senior cat’s living environment.

Business Development


This course includes a recording of Danelle German’s 3-hour business development lecture given to all graduating classes at the National Cat Groomers School from 2010-2015. The course includes activities designed to help groomers set and achieve both personal and business goals, taking dreams from a fuzzy idea to a profitable reality. Topics covered include setting goals, creating tactics to reach goals, writing a mission statement, developing a plan of attack to address obstacles, raise prices, and so much more!

Marketing 101


In this course, Danelle explains how to get a cat grooming business marketing plan off on the right foot. The task is broken down into attainable steps that anyone can master if they set their mind to it.

Written Exam Study Prep


Interested in beginning your CFMG certification journey? These online study packets are required before taking any of the 4 written exams. This course contains all the information necessary for taking these tests.

Breeds, Colors, Coat Types Exam Study Aids


Still confused about cat breeds and colors? This course contains additional study materials, flashcards, quizzes and more to help you master these topics before taking the Breeds, Colors & Genetics written exam.

*Does not include the study packet required for taking this written exam.

Health & Anatomy Exam Study Aids


Still confused about viruses, illness, symptoms and more? This course contains additional study materials, flashcards, quizzes and more to help you master these topics before taking the Health & Anatomy written exam.

*Does not include the study packet required for taking this written exam.

Temperament & Handling Exam Study Aids


This course contains additional study materials, flashcards, quizzes and more to help you master these topics before taking the Temperament & Handling written exam.

*Does not include the study packet required for taking this written exam.

Nail Trims and Softpaws


Everything you need to know about trimming a cat’s nails, apply Softpaw nail caps and removing the caps. Includes handling techniques for those difficult kitties.

Upsells and Add-Ons


Includes over 90 minutes of seminar on the topic taught by Danelle German, founder of the NCGIA. Each topic is broken down into sections for ease of application. Who doesn’t want to increase their bottom line?

More online courses will be launched in the coming months.
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