National Association of Professional Creative Groomers

Promoting safety and education in the grooming industry since 2009

No Compromise on Safety & Comfort

The National Association of Professional Creative Groomers was founded in 2009 to provide groomers with the necessary information to understand and effectively utilize creative grooming techniques in the salon as well as the competition ring without compromising the comfort or safety of the animal involved. While the NAPCG benefits groomers, we serve the animals as we promote safety and quality in creative grooming by defining and supporting standards of excellence for the grooming industry. Through NAPCG-sponsored lectures and educational material such as exclusive publications, groomers are able to expand their repertoire of professional skills beyond the basics, increasing their business’ marketability while safely unleashing their creativity.


Whether you are a seasoned competitor or simply looking for new techniques to introduce into your salon (from accessories to color), the NAPCG has something to offer! Membership includes access to educational material on a variety of grooming-related topics and a subscription to CGQ: Creative Grooming Quarterly.


One of the many ways NAPCG offers education and strives to raise standards within the industry is through the Professional Grooming Rally. PGR is a unique grooming event, focusing on educational seminars instead of paid infomercials. Additionally, it offers 3 rescue competitions, including the one and only feline rescue competition in the world. 


Interesting in promoting your company within the grooming industry? In addition to mailing print copies to NAPCG members all over the world, CGQ is distributed free to attendees at several major trade show events throughout the year, and we're excited to announce that digital copies will available soon, increasing visibility of advertising within each issue. Not only that, but CGQ offers the most affordable advertising rates in the industry! 

Just Ask Our Members:

"I have learned more in the last 2 years of being a member than I have in the last 25 years of my grooming career."
-Cassandra R.

"I have learned SO much in just the 3 months that I’ve been a part of the group and I’m already so much more confident as a groomer than I was before June."
-Alex B.

"I love CGQ and I think most members feel the same. We all wait by the mail box around delivery time for this little treasure. I always keep copies around the shop for future reference and find they are even helpful training tools for new employees in my salon aspiring to become groomers some day."
-Rachel N.

"In the last year and a half my grooms have bettered 10 fold my color techniques refined and when I made mistakes like all of us do I have learned to laugh."
-Rebekah S.

"I really like all the information that is available. As a newer groomer still searching for answers it's nice to be involved in a group that has a lot of experience with not just creative grooming, but grooming in general and puts the animals well-being first."
-Elizabeth R.

"I love the wealth of knowledge and experience that can be accessed easily. And not just user friendly, the other members aren't intimidating and don't make others feel stupid for asking questions. Everyone is here to learn and keep learning as the understanding of how our dogs work progresses."
-Lily R.