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NBTSG Satellite Certification Exam at 2019 Wolff/Edge Pro Seminar

National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild Inc. (NBTSG)

Friday, October 11, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

NBTSG Satellite Certification Exam at 2019 Wolff/Edge...

Registration Information

Donation Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Amount
Donation - Larry Brooks Memorial Scholarship Program
Make a donation to the Larry Brooks Memorial Scholarship Program. The NBTSG is proud to announce the Larry Brooks Memorial Scholarship Program. Larry Brooks, the founder of our organization, passed away in 2017. He, along with his wife Linda, his son Dennis and daughter-in-law Tonya, set up the National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild in 2009. The main value and basic premise of the NBTSG was the education and training of quality sharpeners. To honor Larry Brooks and continue in the spirit of the organization the board of directors has established a way that any member in good standing can be eligible to be awarded free admittance to the annual convention on Saturday & Sunday and attendance at Guild workshops of their choice during pre-convention activities on Friday.

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Event Details

Registration for NBTSG certification exam is separate from registration for host event activities (Wolff/Edge Pro Sharpening Seminar).  Registration for the Wolff/Edge Pro Sharpening Seminar is REQUIRED in order to participate in the certification exam.  Host Event registration link:

The satellite certification exam will provide participants with an opportunity to earn Certified Sharpener status with the NBTSG. The certification process is graded on a point system based on the quality of work in a predetermined list of steps in the sharpening process.  Judging will take place off-site.  We use a double blind system so that the judges are not biased.  Judges are selected for their outstanding achievements and expertise in their fields and are directed by the chairman of the certification committee.

Please note: Master Sharpener status is possible when the certification exam is conducted at the National Convention ONLY.

Blades certification exam: Participants will have one (1) hour to sharpen three damaged blades.

The blades used for certification will be provided but tools, equipment, & supplies are NOT provided. Participants MUST bring own tools and equipment including electrical extension cords.

An orientation briefing will be conducted before the actual timed event in order to go over the NBTSG standards and expectations and answer any questions that participants may have.

Space is available for participants to test in their vehicle/trailer in the parking lot.

Limit 4 participants for blade certification exam on 11 October, 2019.

Certification includes a 1 year membership in the Guild and the return of their blades plus a certificate of participation or achievement. Refer questions on the actual certification process to the Certification Committee Chair. 

More details about NBTSG certification can be found at the NBTSG website,

Have questions about NBTSG Satellite Certification Exam at 2019 Wolff/Edge Pro Seminar? Contact National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild Inc. (NBTSG)

When & Where

Courtyard by Marriott
115 The Parkway
Greenville, SC 29615

Friday, October 11, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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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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