Growing as You Go
Continuing education can help groomers excel at
their art, and it’s a boon for the pets they serve.
BY NICOLE KALLISH
Ihave always been a believer in life-long learning, and the grooming industry is full of opportunities. While many
professional fields require continuing
education, the American grooming industry does not currently have a state or
municipality requirement for a license or
With that said, there is a big push happening right now. New Jersey might become the first state to license groomers
and require a continuing education component. As I write this, the Pet Groomer’s
Licensing Act, or Bijou’s Law, is under
consideration. This bill has been moving
through the legislature and has passed
many levels at the time of this writing. If
it passes in the Senate, you can probably
guess that other states will follow suit. The
good news? Groomers have plenty of options for continued education.
I am not writing in favor or opposition to licensing of groomers. I am here to
tell you why and how you can continue
to grow as a groomer and be the best that
you can be in your chosen field.
Many of us groomers come from different backgrounds. Maybe you learned
at a grooming school or apprenticed at a
private shop. Maybe your mother taught
you how to groom or you went to a store-sponsored academy. However, no matter
where we started our grooming education, we never finish learning.
Grooming is an evolving field. We
must be able to adapt and take in all information to help us reach new levels.
Some of the best of the best in the grooming industry will proudly tell you they
still learn new things all the time. There
are new tools, products and techniques. I
have seen first-hand groomers who have
worked for 25 years still using outdated,
unsafe equipment. Think about how far
pet shampoos alone have come in the past
25 years! Grooming
tools are being updated regularly for
safety and efficiency.
We need to use the
best that we can for
our clients and our
My biggest recommendation to
they are a newbie or
a seasoned veteran,
is to keep learning.
Take a class or seminar. Attend a trade
show. Seek out private lessons.
At Andis Grooming, education is a priority. That’s why the company has developed the Andis Grooming College (AGC).
It’s an accessible, affordable opportunity
for groomers to access professional advice
and tips, from literature to articles to videos. We even have an Andis Ask the Expert tab, where you can get your questions
answered by the team. AGC has its own
website, andisgroomingcollege.com. You
can register for free and, once registered,
you are entitled to any of the content we
have available on the site.
Our Andis Global Education Team is
working in tandem with the site to get out
in the field and teach you, the groomer.
We are continuing to grow the site and
have a lot more in store in 2019 and future
years as we develop new and exciting content. In the works will be some feline and
dog breed-specific content as well as techniques and downloadable guides. We will
have no less than four Andis Master Series
events across the USA in 2019. Having just
added four new small-animal groomers to
our team, we hope to reach any groomers
who can’t make it to trade shows. Be on
the lookout for Facebook Live events and
webinars as well.
If groomers want to be taken seriously
and be professionals, we must continue to
learn and seek out expert help. Our industry is ever-growing: trims change, tools
change, products and techniques change.
It will only be beneficial to you if you continue to educate yourself, whether licensing happens or not. This is your career,
something you should be proud of. Be the
best that you can be by continually getting education and you will be rewarded
repeatedly on a personal level as well as
a professional level. I guarantee you that
clients can see a difference in the way their
pet is groomed when you try those new
tools or tricks you learned.
is Andis Co.’s
manager and a
certified master groomer and
for the Creative
Groomers Association. She
received her education from The Academy of
Dog Grooming Arts in Arlington Heights, Ill.
She is also a current competition judge and has
been a Groom Team USA liaison since 2015.