IJA Scoring System

The scoring system was created in 1989 by Vivian and John Nash, cofounders of the International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competitions. 

 

Designed to award individuals on their achievements in bathing, grooming, and styling dogs in the pure breed, freestyle, rescue me, and creative styling classes on live dogs and model dogs.

 

The system scores competitors on technical skills, profile knowledge, and difficulty achieved during the competition. Overall image including grooming attire, tools, equipment, products, rapport with live competition dog, safety for the pet, and the professional, sportsmanship, and presentation are judging considerations.

 

LEVELS

Level 5

Judge and evaluator of technical skills and breed standards in the Art of Bathing, Grooming, and Styling the Canine.

 

IJA Certification Title: IJA Judge

Awarded to individuals with outstanding skills to evaluate and score others in bathing, grooming, and styling the canine.

 

Level 4

Specialist in the Art of Bathing, Grooming and Styling the Canine

IJA Certification Title: Specialist in Technical Skills, Canine Anatomy, and Pure Breed Standards
It is awarded to individuals with specialist technical skills and knowledge of canine anatomy and pure breed standards to achieve ultimate expressions and profiles on man's best friend. The grooming world specialist qualifies for State, Regional, National, and World Competitions, the industry’s highest level.

 

Level 3

Expert in the Art of Bathing, Grooming and Styling the Canine

IJA Certification Title: Expert in Technical Skills, Canine Anatomy, and Pure Breed Standards

It is awarded to individuals with expert technical skills, canine anatomy, and pure breed standards to achieve expert expressions and profiles on man's best friend. They are experts in the grooming world who qualify for State, Regional and National Competitions.

 

Level 2

Master in the Art of Bathing, Grooming and Styling the Canine

IJA Certification Title: Master in Technical Skills, Canine Anatomy, and Pure Breed Standards

Awarded to individuals with master technical skills, knowledge of canine anatomy, and pure breed standards to achieve master expressions and profiles on man's best friend. 

They are the masters of the grooming world who qualify for State, Regional and National Competitions.

 

Level 1

Novice in the Art of Bathing, Grooming and Styling the Canine

IJA Certification Title: Novice in Technical Skills, Canine Anatomy, and Pure Breed Standards

It is awarded to individuals with novice technical skills, canine anatomy, and pure breed standards to achieve novice expressions and profiles on man's best friend. They are novices of the grooming world who compete to move to Level 2 and Level 3 to qualify for State, Regional and National Competitions.

 

TIERS

Tier 3 Competitors

They are the competitors who achieve and maintain the highest scores at their current level and frequently score at the next level.

 

Tier 2 Competitors

They are competitors who consistently achieve and maintain scores for their current level.

 

Tier 1 Competitors

They are competitors who just entered the level by previously achieving scores to qualify for the level.

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