ISSA Membership with Certification

Type of Membership

Sharpen Your Skills and Credibility: Join the International Scissor Sharpeners Association (ISSA)!

Established in 2007, the ISSA is a global community dedicated to sharpening professionals. As a member, you'll gain access to valuable resources, connect with fellow sharpeners, and demonstrate your commitment to quality service.

Membership Benefits:

  • Official Membership Credentials: Receive a professional wallet ID and a deluxe certificate to showcase your ISSA membership.
  • Enhanced Credibility: Membership signifies your dedication to the sharpening craft, reassuring clients you're part of a respected international network committed to excellence.
  • Exclusive Access: ISSA members can purchase high-quality branded merchandise like hats, jackets, and more to proudly display their affiliation.

Becoming a Certified Sharpener:

Take your expertise to the next level with our optional certification program:

  1. Select the "Certified Option" during membership registration.
  2. Sharpening Test: You'll receive a written test and two shears - one beveled and one convex (potentially incorrectly sharpened in the past). Your task is to re-convex the latter. The shears may be dirty or nicked, simulating real-world conditions.
  3. Evaluation Criteria: Sharpened shears will be judged on:
    • Ability to cut through wet tissue and dry hair effortlessly.
    • Sharpening angle appropriate for the shear type and salon use (wet & dry hair).
    • Smooth opening and closing action.
    • Overall cosmetic condition.

Certification is awarded by the ISSA. For questions about the judging process, please contact the ISSA directly.

Please note: We won't return the test shears unless you arrange for their return shipment.

Membership also includes:

  • A commitment to upholding the ISSA Code of Ethics, ensuring professionalism and integrity within our community.

The Code emphasizes the following values:

  • Enthusiasm for the craft
  • Trustworthiness in all interactions
  • Honesty in business practices
  • Integrity as a core principle
  • Competence through continuous learning
  • Service excellence for all clients

By joining the ISSA, you'll elevate your sharpening expertise, connect with a network of passionate professionals, and gain access to exclusive member benefits. We look forward to welcoming you!