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Certification is NOT REQUIRED to become a member of the Guild.  Membership is for 12 months from the registration date and includes the following benefits:

1)  Special membership registration rates for Guild events such as the annual NBTSG convention and other certification events. (10% rebate on certification, workshop, & general admission fees.)

2)  Periodic email updates about Guild events and interesting things that are happening within the sharpening industry.

3)  Membership credentials and use of the Guild logo for your business advertising such as website, business cards, and print ads.

4)  Fellowship with some of the finest sharpeners in the industry.

5)  Members Only Facebook Group. Contribute, ask questions, watch videos and more.

6)  Listed in Sharpeners Lookup on the NBTSG website and affiliate websites.

7)  Participation in committees and Guild functions.

8)  Members only Google Groups email forum.

9) Access to NBTSG Perks program.

10)  Savings available through Hertz Member Benefits programs.

11) Guild Newsletter.

* Anyone attempting certification receives a 12 month membership.


Certified Members
The certified members of NBTSG shall consist of professional sharpeners who have met NBTSG certification requirements as determined by the certification and membership committees and approved by the board of directors.

Grand Master Sharpener - This is a sharpener who has achieved Master Sharpener status in all the fields that certification testing is offered by the NBTSG.

Master Sharpener - This is a sharpener who scored high enough on the certification test to achieve the title of Master Sharpener in the guild for their chosen field. They can make structural repairs in shears such as twisting, bending and serration.

Certified Sharpener – This is a sharpener who scored high enough on the certification test to achieve status as a certified sharpener in their chosen field (Shears/Thinners or Blades). They can make structural repairs in shears such as twisting, bending and serration.

Journeyman Sharpener – This is a shear sharpener who tested on edging and adjusting shears without bending or serration and scored high enough to achieve status at the Journeyman level. This is a step below the Certified Sharpener level but they are fully capable of sharpening beauty shears and grooming shears without making major structural repairs.

Active Certified Members
An active member is a certified member who has met requirements for maintaining active status by paying dues and participating in guild functions and certifications. Active members are eligible to vote on all guild business and elections as specified in Sec. 5 of the Bylaws and are eligible for appointment and/or election to office.
If there is a period of time of inactivity the member may be designated an inactive member by the membership committee. At this time, a letter shall be sent to the member at their post office address, as it appears upon the books of the NBTSG notifying them of the inactive designation.

Inactive Certified Members
An inactive member is a certified member who has not met requirements for maintaining active status. They are not eligible to vote in guild elections; hold elected or appointed office; or vote on guild business. The member can obtain active status at any time by meeting the participation requirements for maintaining active status and receiving re-instatement approval by the membership committee.

Associate Members
An associate member is not a certified member and they are not eligible to vote in guild elections or hold the office of president, vice-president, chairman of the board, or vice-chairman of the board. Associate members may participate on guild committees, participate on the board of directors, and hold the offices of secretary and treasurer.


By becoming a member of the NBTSG you agree to comply with and be bound by the terms and conditions of all NBTSG policies and bylaws.


Have questions about NBTSG Membership Registration? Contact National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild Inc. (NBTSG)

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National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild Inc. (NBTSG)



The National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild (NBTSG) was founded in 2009 by Larry Brooks of Sharp Edges/Hamaguri USA. The Brooks family hosted three very successful conventions in St. Louis, Missouri before Larry and his wife Linda retired in 2012. Upon their retirement Bonnie and Gene Megowan of Bonika Shears assumed leadership of the Guild and hosted the 2012 and 2013 conventions. Soon after the 2012 convention Bonnie started researching the possibility of restructuring the Guild into a nonprofit organization that could be managed and operated by the members themselves. During the summer of 2013 a basic organizational structure was established and the NBTSG was formally incorporated as a domestic nonprofit corporation owned by its members. In 2018 the NBTSG applied for and received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. The NBTSG is owned by its membership, governed by an all volunteer Board of Directors, and managed by elected officers that perform the day to day operations of the Guild. 

Mission Statement
The National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild is an industry trade group established to advance the knowledge and skills of beauty tool sharpeners. The organization certifies sharpeners of shears, scissors, thinning shears, and clipper blades so that there is a fair and unbiased evaluation of the sharpening ability and provides resources for best business practices, training, and the advancement of the sharpening industry. 

Vision Statement 
To become the preeminent source of knowledge and training for the beauty tool sharpening industry by hosting fun, effective, and welcoming conventions and certification events. To provide an atmosphere in which sharpeners of all experience levels can gather and learn from each other and to advance the cause of certified sharpeners and their usefulness and benefit to other industries. 

- Foster participation in the guild and continuous improvement within our industry. 
- Be a positive and respected influence within the sharpening community. 
- Set the standards for professional sharpeners.

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