What does “CFMG” mean?

If you’ve seen my business cards or checked me out online, you’ve probably seen the four funny letters after my name: CFMG.  Those letter stand for Certified Feline Master Groomer, and they’re the biggest achievement of my career so far.

Stephaney Kemper became the first and only Certified Feline Master Groomer in Missouri in 2011

My journey to CFMG…

In 2011, I signed up to attend the National Cat Groomer’s Institute of America, a feline exclusive cat grooming school in Greenville, South Carolina.  I had already groomed a handful of cats, but I didn’t have any real training, and I wanted to do better.  The NCGIA offered a hefty education program and two full weeks of hands on direction.  I was exactly the kind of training I needed to become not only better, but among the best… a CFMG.

I ordered all of their study materials and I studied on a daily basis for nearly a year.  My poor family was constantly dragged in to help drill me on behavior, health conditions, and running through my breed and coat color flashcards.  I watched the videos a dozen times over, and did my best to implement my new skills on the few cats I was already grooming.  I read and reread Stephaney Kemper studied at the National Cat Groomer's Institute of Americathe training materials and took notes, and studied them over and over.  After days, weeks, and months, I finally attended the school.

For two weeks I attended lectures on the materials I had been studying and practiced hands on skills.  It was intense!  I loved it!  I passed both my practical and written exams with flying colors, and was called by the founder, Danelle German, “possibly the fastest cat groomer we’ve seen!”

 

So what does all of this really mean?

Well, “CFMG” only means as much as we say it does, because pet grooming isn’t a regulated industry.  While grooming schools and apprenticeships are common, true certification isn’t required by law.  The fact is, practically anyone can pick up a pair of clippers and start charging for services.  And anyone who calls themselves a groomer can go onward to train others.  This leaves the industry weak in terms of quality and safety standards, because there are no consistent guidelines.

I voluntarily spent a substantial amount of time, energy, and money to make sure I was knowledgeable in the safest and best ways to deliver the best quality service.  I pay yearly dues, and practice continuing education.

A smooth haircut on a domestic longhair cat by Stephaney Kemper, CFMGIt means I will treat your cat kindly and handled safely.  Nails will be as short as possible, ears as clean as possible, coat as cleaned and fluffed as possible, and haircut as smooth as possible.

Basically, it means you can have confidence in what you’ll get when you bring your beloved pet to me.  You can be sure you are paying for quality.  You can bet the results you see will be the best in town.  And you can feel safe knowing your cat is in capable hands.

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