Certification by Coat Types

This series of online training and testing is all about the understanding of the coat types, the different styling components within the coat types and the proper products, tools and equipment to use on the various coat types.

The onsite practical training and testing is all about how technical skills are applied, how the overall technical finish is achieved and how the expressions and profiles are created on man's best friend.

It is all about how you achieve these skills with safety and excellent sanitation and organization with well maintained tools and equipment. 

Vivian Nash, owner of the Nash Academy, a school with an international reputation for excellence in education, understands the value of a solid foundation about the canine to begin a career and knows the importance of continuing education to have a successful career. 

The UCCS utilizes the Nash Academy online courses for the theory portion of the program and the International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competition Arena, Salons and Schools for the onsite practical skills testing. 

Online Course - All About the Theory Why - How - When - Where
Participants study online and take online tests to confirm knowledge and understanding of study material. 

Onsite Session - All About Applying the Theory 
Participants review study material and take hands on practical skills tests with written test. 

Onsite Testing

Designed for professional bathers, groomers and stylists, the onsite evaluations are to train and test professional bathers, groomers and stylists on their technical skills and knowledge of the various coat types found on man's best friend. 

In the conformation ring, pure breeds are placed in groups by form and by function and judged on overall conformation.

In the IJA UCCS Certification by Coat Type arena, dogs are placed by coat types and judged by the bathing, grooming and styling.  

Coat Type Categories

Sporting Coat Type
Wire Coat Type
Curly Coat Type 

Multitude of Coat Types

Coat Type Determines Technical Skills and Trim Styles

Coat type determines the proper technical skills, products, equipment and tools as well as the trim style and trim style components. For example, breeds with wire coat types such as the Lakeland Terrier and the Scottish Terrier are placed in the Wire Coat Type Category.  All breeds with curly coat types such as the Poodle, Bichon Frise and Portuguese Water Dog are placed in the Curly Coat Type Category.

Trim Style 

All pure breeds are placed in a Trim Style Group within the Coat Type Category. For example, in the Wire Coat Type Category, the Airedale Terrier, Irish Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Welsh Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier are placed in the Long Legged Terrier Trim Style Group. 

Trim Style Components

All pure breed trim styles are evaluated to determine the type of trim style components. For example, pure breeds with Wire Coat Types who are styled in the Long Legged Terrier Trim Styles have different head styles. For example, the Wire Fox Terrier and the Airedale Terrier have Eyebrows, Mustache and Beard head trim style. 

There are 10 different styling components on the canine. Each component must be completed correctly for the professional to achieve the correct expression and profile.

1      Head

2      Ears

3      Neck

4      Chest

5      Body

6     Chest

7     Rump

8     Legs

9     Feet

10  Sanitary

Evaluation Considerations

Participants are evaluated on technical skills, expression and profile achieved, degree of difficulty of the trim style and overall professionalism. Product, tools and equipment knowledge are also part of the evaluation. 


Title and Rank

The score determines the title and rank for the professional on a specific trim style in a coat type category. 





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