YOUR STEPS TO SUCCESS

For everyone working in the wonderful world of bathing, grooming and styling man's best friend.

 

Certification Ranking 

IJA offers a system for the beginner to the most advanced to groom dogs in the competition ring to be evaluated, scored and ranked on their skills and knowledge and then placed in levels based on an international standard set by IJA in 1989. 

IJA conducts IN THE RING and IN THE SALON Dog Grooming Competitions with Education and Documented Evaluations for Trim Styles by Coat Types.

The system trains and test members on trims styles by coat type. 

IJA conducts IN THE RING and IN THE SALON Safety Certifications during the competitions to evaluate and rank members on overall safety to help prepare the industry for state licensing. 

ALL FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS TEAM 

PRESENTING THE TERRIFIC TRIO

The International Judges Association, the Nash Academy and the Universal Canine Certification System partner to present education and a method of evaluating and testing pet care professionals in all facets of pet care.

 

To understand more about our team and how we have earned the reputation of the education machine we provided a brief history about how it all started and where we are today. 

 

NASH SYSTEM OF EDUCATION - The History of Nash Academy of Animal Arts

The Nash Academy of Animal Arts New Jersey was founded in 1979 by John Nash. The Nash Academy Kentucky was co founded by Vivian and John Nash and received state approval to operate in 1989. Nash Academy is celebrating 40 years of teaching pet lovers to be professional bathers, groomers and stylists. Making dreams come true one student at a time!

Share the Knowledge - Share the Curriculum - Share the Wisdom  NASH SYSTEM OF EDUCATION

The Nash System was created in 2005 by the Nash Academy to share the Nash Education to set standards in teaching the art of bathing, grooming and styling dogs with professionalism. Salons, schools and associations around the world are Nash Approved to use the Nash System of Education. Developed over the last 40 years, the Nash Curriculum for bathers, groomers and stylists are the most progressive and best foundation in the pet care industry.

International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competitions with Education for Certifications IJA

The International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competitions was established by Vivian and John Nash in 1998 to incorporate a panel system of judging to bring fair placements and education with testing for certifications and rankings to the competition ring.

 

The IJA Scoring System: Novice - Master - Expert - Specialists 

Universal Canine Certification System UCCS - ONSITE TESTING

In 2013 IJA established the Universal Canine Certification System to separate evaluation levels and rankings from class placements.  IJA is the first to evaluate, score, rank and award certification titles to competitors in the ring for their achievements in trim styles by coat types! 

 

Live Competitor Ranking and Levels 

In 2017 IJA went live with all competitor rankings to promote all IJA Members on their skills and knowledge about taking care of the skin and coat on man's best friend.   

 

NASH - IJA - UCCS become the Education Machine on Safety in 201Making History in the Pet Care Industry! 

In 2019 IJA will conduct the first IN THE RING SOS Safety Certification at the Columbus Pet Expo.  

We all have safety on our minds at all times with state licensing for bathers, groomers and stylists. The team is moving forward in a progressive manner for 2019 to ensure we prepare all members via our competition ring with training and testing. 

IJA IN THE RING and IN THE SALON

The IJA utilizes the Nash Approved System to set and maintain competition ring requirements for our shows at the Pet Expos and for the salons conducting IJA events.

IJA IN THE SALON CERTIFICATIONS

 The IJA offers IN THE SALON competitions with education and certifications in salons throughout the USA. The IJA Sanctioned Championship Workshops with Competitions with Certifications.

IJA IN THE RING CERTIFICATIONS

The IJA offers IN THE RING competitions with certifications  conducted at our IJA Qualifying Competitions at the IJA SHOWS at the PET EXPOS.

All American Columbus Pet Expo

Madri Gras Pet Expo

Pittsburgh Pet Expo

COAT TYPE CERTIFICATIONS - For the Art of Dogs

Sporting Coat Type

Wire Coat Type

Curly Coat Type

Multitude Coat Type

 

SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS  - For the Love of Dogs!

Canine Specialist on Safety - Designed for Pet Lovers - Pet Care Professionals -  Salon Team Members

Salon Specialist on Safety - Designed for Pet Lovers - Pet Care Professionals -  Salon Team Members

Technical Specialist on Safety - Designed for Bathers, Groomers and Stylists

Salon Manager Specialist on Safety - Designed for Salon Managers and Owners

 

You have several options to receive your evaluations and to receive your score, rank and certification level to be eligible for your state team or to score the highest in your state in the championship training events to be awarded and recognized for the same achievements but in a different way. 

Yes Your Score Matters in the competition ring at our shows at pet expos or in the competition ring at one of our Champions Training Workshops with Competitions. IJA offers all options to make our education and certification available and affordable to everybody.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP TRAINING WORKSHOPS WITH QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS WITH CERTIFICATIONS​ CONDUCTED IN THE SALONS

The training of Champions using the IJA Way in the USA
 

BE Top Dog in Your Town and State

If you want to be top dog on your block, in your town and in your state, and want to participate in IJA Certification in a salon environment, rather than a public competition ring, our Championship Training Workshops with Competitions and with Certifications, the training of champions, are perfect for you. This is the complete package.

Best In Show in the Competition Arena

If you want Best in Show in the competition ring, the IJA Championship Training Workshops and Competitions are the way to go. From the beginner to the advanced, the onsite hands on training trains, evaluates, ranks and scores to qualify competitors for their individual state teams. 

IN THE SALON Coat Type and Safety Certification

The number one choice for certifications for most bathers, groomers and stylists is the onsite hands on Championship Workshop with Competitions with Certifications conducted in local salons and schools throughout the USA. 

BE PREPARE FOR STATE LICENSING

The education leaders at the championship training teach and test to prepare you to achieve the highest scores and ranks in your state, to promote and confirm your knowledge and expertise, and to be prepared for state licensing. The championship training give salons the opportunity to bring in IJA to train and test their salon team in trim styles as well as safety.  

 

Champions to Teach Champions

The onsite training, testing and evaluating is conducted by IJA Judges and IJA Level 4 International Competition Team Members.

How Do They Work? 

Championships are onsite hands on training with evaluations and with mock competitions to evaluate participants, to place them in their correct certification level determined by their technical skills and overall professionalism with a focus on safety.

 

Placements to Make it Fun and Competitive

Placements are awarded to all competitors after the mock competitions to create a competitive atmosphere to bring out the best in everyone and to also make it a lot of fun.

 

Same Rules, Policies and Procedures

Participants follow the same rules as competitors in the competition ring, though these workshops are conducted on a much smaller scale in a salon or school setting.

 

Locations

Championship Training Workshops with Competitions and with Certifications are conducted at local salons and schools by our IJA Judges and Level 4 Specialists.

 

Championship Training Workshops with Competition Locations and Dates

Contact Us Now to Set Up Training in Your Salon

QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS WITH CERTIFICATIONS AT IJA SHOWS AT THE PET EXPOS

The Ring of Champions using the IJA Way in the USA

 

Best In Show in the Competition Arena

If you want Best in Show in the competition ring, the Qualifying Competitions offer competition dog make overs by the judges and the same overall evaluations as the championship training.  From the beginner to the advanced, the onsite qualifying competitions evaluates, ranks and scores to qualify competitors for their individual state teams. 

IN THE RING Coat Type and Safety Certification

The number one choice for certifications for the bathers, groomers and stylists who love the thrill of the big arena is to compete in the IJA Sanctioned Qualification Competitions to promote being top dog in their state or in the USA.  

BE PREPARE FOR STATE LICENSING

The judges and the education leaders at the Pet Expo Qualifying Competition teach and test to prepare you to achieve the highest scores and ranks to promote and confirm your knowledge and expertise, and to be prepared for state licensing. The competitions at the expos bring in national and international judges and many conduct the famous competition dog make over by the judging panel. 

 

Champions to Teach Champions

The IJA Pet Expo Competitions conduct hands on training in the ring after the competition with competition dog make overs with the Level 4 Super Stars after the competition is over. 

How Do They Work? 

Competitions are conducted at pet expos to evaluate participants, to place them in their correct certification level determined by their technical skills and overall professionalism with a focus on safety. 

 

Placements to Receive Prizes, Trophies and Medals

Placements are awarded in the qualifying  competitions along with medals, trophies and prizes to encourage all competitors to strive to be the best. Competitors have the opportunity to show their talent and expertise to their industry family and friends and to pet families attending the pet expo. Approximately 15,000 people attend the Pittsburgh Pet Expo over the 3 day show. Exciting, thrilling, a chance to shop with family entertainment and education all in one for everyone!

 

Competition Rules, Policies and Procedures

Competitors follow IJA Competition Rules, the same rules as participants in the championship training. 

 

IJA Shows at the Pet Expos

IJA conducts 3 IJA Shows at PET EXPOS

IJA SHOW at the Columbus Pet Expo - March

IJA SHOW at the Mardi Gras Pet Expo - May

IJA SHOW at the Pittsburgh Pet Expo - November

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