Certification Process

The certification process is a validation of the professional Canine Stylist to show their clients and peers that they are willing to expand their knowledge and are dedicated to professional advancement. For employers, it provides a standard they would like their prospective employees to meet.

There are seven levels of certification that are available to members of the Canadian Professional Pet Stylists. Each level certification has a written exam and a practical test, with the exception of the CCBPS 2 Terrier which has two practical tests and the CCMG3 Master Groomer which has only a written exam. A passing mark is required on both the written and practical tests to receive a certificate. The Master Groomer test is a written exam only. Once a certificate has been earned, a groomer may refer to themselves as:

A passing mark for both of the Bather levels as well as the Breed Profile levels is 70% for both the Written and Practical tests. The mark required to qualify to write the Master Groomer level is 85% on both of the Bather Levels and all of the Breed Profile Levels. The Intermediate Pet Stylist Technician level passing mark is 80% on both the Written and Practical tests. In order to earn the CCIPS level, both of the Bather levels must have been passed. The Intermediate Pet Stylist level is not a requirement for Master Groomer.

Certifications are held all over the country. Wherever there are enough groomers in one area wanting to do some certifying we will set up a certification. They are done on a cost recovery basis; as long as there are enough testing fees generated to cover the expenses of the Certifiers, we will send them. A current membership is required for testing and groomers must pre-register and prepay, with the head office, using the online forms. If there is enough attendance, the certification will go ahead and groomers will be notified of their start times.

For upcoming certification dates, keep an eye on our Coming Events page for a certification near you. If there are no scheduled dates in your area, contact our Head Office and we’ll see if one can be arranged. All we need is the donation of the use of a grooming shop that has space for 3-4 tables and the use of the tubs.


If your certificates become lost or damaged, replacements can be ordered from our head office, for a fee:

Contact: CPPS, P.O. Box 267, 70 Mile House, BC V0K 2K0 (250) 456-2201

Misrepresentation on the internet and social media is extensive and unchecked in today’s technology. CPPS would like to remind the public and other professional pet stylists to check our website to verify whether a Pet Stylist is a member of CPPS in good standing or having CPPS certification.

CPPS Certifiers are the only individuals authorized to provide certifications and are listed on our website. Anyone claiming to be a CPPS Certifier or a CPPS certified groomer, whether in writing, verbally or by telecommunication, that is not actively listed on our website or unable to provide proof of certification, is misrepresenting themselves.