Final Test and Completion of Course:

In order to graduate, students must be able to complete a hands on, practical test on the following breeds, according to breed standards set forth by the N.D.G.A.A. (National Dog Groomer’s Association of America)

Terrier Breed: (2 dogs)
1. Long Legged Terrier (such as a Schnauzer, Kerry Blue or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier).
2. Short Legged Terrier (such as a Scottie or a Westie)

Non-Sporting Breed: (2 dogs)
3. Poodle, placed into a pattern such as a Lamb

4.Bichon Frise into a traditional groom

5. Drop Coat / Miscellaneous Breed: (1 dog)

Mixed breed or, drop coat (such as a Lhasa Apso or Shih-Tzu) put into an appropriate style, such as Teddy bear or Panda clip.

This testing may be broken up and not required to be done at one time.

Dogs must be approved by instructors for testing, with sufficient hair growth (at least 8 weeks) in order to be considered eligible. Student will have 1 1/2 hours for a small dog, 2 hours for a medium dog and 2 1/2 hours for a large dog to complete the haircut. This excludes bathing and prepping. Grooming techniques shall be in compliance with NDGAA and Breed standards. Student will be graded on proficiency, ability to set pattern as well as ability to properly execute each haircut. Dog will be graded by an instructor in order to meet a passing grade. Incomplete dogs, improper brush outs, matts, tangles, improper basics such as long nails, dirty ears, pads, or privates will be considered automatic failure.

Completion Certificate

If a student has completed 900 hours of instruction and cannot pass the 5 dog final test, a “Completion Certificate” will be given the understanding that full proficiency was not obtained, but could still enter the grooming industry as a “Bather/Preper”.

Open Door Policy for Past Students

If a student attended Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, graduated and/or received a “Completion Certificate” and has decided that they are not fully confident in any area, they may return to school for additional instruction at no additional charge.

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