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IJA Technical Skills Challenge

Create the Perfect Picture DURING the Grooming and Styling 

With Skills Like These, You Need to Be in the Movies 

It’s All About the Class!

Best Clipping Artist 


Take the IJA Technical Skills Challenge and Clip Your Way to Achieve the Title of the Best Clipping Specialists of the Year


Clipper Your Way to Stardom Showing Your Elite Skills and Professional Application of the Clipper with Safety for the Pet and the Professional in Mind at all Times During the Technical Procedures 


  • Utilize your clippers as a sculpting tool to create shapes and sizes to achieve beautiful expressions and profiles. 

  • Choose various clipping tools and techniques to trim the coat to create intricate lines and coat growth patterns.

  • Apply your technical skills using a continuous movement around the competition dog, creating a visual of completing all tasks with ease. 

  • Consider your best routines and procedures to effectively and efficiently complete each task exhibiting excellent time management and compassion for the pet. 

  • Present a professional workstation with organized and well-maintained tools. 

  • Dress to impress by wearing grooming attire that compliments and enhances the overall visual. 


Sign Up Now to Show Off Your Skills to Complete the Perfect Picture of the Canine Stylist and the Pet During the Grooming and Styling Process with 50 Minutes of Clipper Work and 10 Minutes of Scissor Work.


Time Frame: 1 Hour 

50 Minutes Clipper Work and 10 minutes Scissor Work

Judging ConsiderationsTechnical skills application of the clipping tools, handling and interaction with the competition dog during the tasks, and the overall finish achieved at the end of the competition. Expression, profile, balance, and symmetry are judging considerations and the routine utilized to achieve the trim style will be considered.  The work station organization and sanitation and the condition of tools are also part of the consideration.

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