Emma Belle Izatt

  • Owner
  • Certified Master Groomer (1 of 6 in Utah)
  • 7 Years of Professional Experience
  • ABK1 Certified
  • Owner of 2 Show Dogs (2010 Best in State Utah)
Emma Belle Izatt has a love and understanding of animals that is well known by all who have ever had the opportunity to be around her. To add to her amazing insight, she is a Certified Master Groomer. There are many who become groomers, but few who push hard and finish the last lap by obtaining their certification. As of Feb 8, 2011 according to the National Dog Groomers Association, Emma is one of only six Master Groomers in the state of Utah.

Emma Belle started grooming April of 2004 working with and under the encouragement of a very qualified master groomer. She studied and worked hard for four years to attain all of the qualifications and initial certifications necessary to qualify to take the National Certified Master Groomer® exam. She studied many books that were thick enough to be used as a child's booster seat as well as applying all of her hands on talent and artistic abilities that would make her stand out. At the end of that fourth year the announcement was made that the final exam would be held in Colorado. It came at a time when money to pay for everything was way out of her reach. She turned to her family who chipped in money for the exam, travel, food and accommodations. She passed the judge's scrutiny of the dogs she groomed and the final step was the two hour written exam. She and the rest of the class sat down and began the test. After she finished she was surprised to see that she had finished well ahead of the allotted time. She went to the back of the room and began to pace while her test was being examined. One of the certifiers observing this antsy young girl asked why she was so deeply concerned. She responded with a grateful heart, "You don't understand, my family paid for me to be here. I cannot fail." The certifier who was examining the test Emma had taken, caught onto what was happening and began to say as she graded, "Oh, Emma. Oh, Emma." Of course this made Emma pace all the more. Then the certifier announced to the near-beside-herself Emma, "Emma, you have finished second highest in the nation."

A note about Certification:

Certification is the standardized method to obtain professional recognition for those pet groomers whose knowledge, techniques, abilities and skills have been tested and thereby Certified as having met the high standards set forth by the National Dog Groomers Association of America. Certified individuals have displayed exceptional knowledge and skill in both the written and practical skills testing procedure. Only then earning the prestigious title of "National Certified Master Groomer"®

To qualify: Required to demonstrate grooming skills on one breed for each group, two for Terrier exam. Graded by certifiers and upon successfully passing both practical and written portions will attain certification in that group. Mandatory to have attended at least one accredited NDGAA workshop. A written exam with each phase of the practical skills testing procedure; Non-Sporting, Sporting & Terrier, of 100 questions each.

Upon passing the first qualifications one must pass the National Certified Master Groomer® Exam - This written exam consists of 400 questions covering all of the groups not previously taken including working, toy and hound groups, anatomy, breed standards, breed identification, glossary of canine terms, general health and ability to identify general health problems and disease, pesticides, clipper I.D., and cat questions. In order to attain NCMG status an 85% overall average of all phases must be attained.