The Kennel Club have published their Judges’ Competency Framework here  https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/1159841/jcf-cobp-for-observation.pdf 

Click here for KC letter regarding Hands-on Judging Experience – 28 Feb 2020

 

JUDGE REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY ANNOUNCED

Following the recent announcement about the future of the Judges Competency Framework, further details have now been issued which outline future judge requirements and eligibility.

Judges may be appointed by societies based on either the current judge regulations or the new system until the end of the transition period, i.e. judges must be on the required list and/or at the required Level.

From 1 January 2021, no one can judge unless they meet the new Level 1 requirements.

Otherwise, judges can accept appointments either in accordance with current Kennel Club regulations or Judges Competency Framework requirements (see below). In both cases, an exception can be made where a valid contract is in place prior to the date of this announcement (24 February 2020).

Levels 1 to 4 are as follows:

Requirements to meet this Level

Eligibility to judge

Level 1

 

  • Minimum of 5 years proven interest in pedigree dogs
  • Attend a Requirements of a Dog Show Judge seminar (but not mandatory to take and pass examination)
  • Attend a Conformation and Movement seminar
  • Complete a minimum of 2 stewarding appointments

 

 

  • Up to 3 classes (4 if one is a Puppy class) or 5 (6 if one is a Puppy class) for Stud Book Band E breeds for any breed at Limited or Open Shows
  • Any Variety, Best in Show at Limited Shows

Level 2

 

First breed:

  • Take and pass Requirements of a Dog Show Judge examination
  • Pass Points of a Dog assessment
  • Attend a Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) and pass a Multiple Choice Examination (MCE) for the respective breed.¹
  • View ring stewarding seminar and take online quiz
  • Complete critique writing seminar and take online quiz

 

Subsequent breeds:

  • Attend a Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) and pass a Multiple Choice Examination (MCE) for each breed. Note: Not mandatory for Group Judge for breeds in the group that they are not approved at Level 4, but attendance strongly recommended

 

 

  • Unlimited number of classes for the respective breed at Limited, Open or Championship Shows (no CCs)
  • Any Variety classes and Best in Show at Limited Shows

Level 3

 

  • Undergo minimum of 3 mentoring sessions with a minimum of 12 months between first and third session
  • Be observed judging a breed club show, breed supported entry show or championship show without CCs
  • Have achieved the relevant hands-on experience in line with the stated requirements for the relevant Stud Book Band
  • Complete remaining 10 stewarding appointments (one-time qualification)
  • Have owned/bred a minimum of 3 dogs when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book – save for exceptional circumstances (one-time qualification)
  • Attended the appropriate sub-group Field Trial/Open Gundog Working Test for first gundog breed or Ring Procedure at Licensed Shows (German Shepherd Dog Education Programme) online exam (one-time qualification)

 

 

  • Unlimited number of classes for the respective breed at Limited, Open or Championship Shows (no CCs)
  • Any Variety classes and Best in Show at Limited Shows

Level 4

CC Judge

 

  • Attend and passed a Breed Specific Assessment for the specific breed run by the Kennel Club
 

  • Award Challenge Certificates in the respective breed
  • Any Variety classes, Groups and Best in Show at Open and Limited Shows

 

Current judging lists will be valid until the end of the five-year transition period. Breed clubs/councils should continue to maintain their judging lists during this period.

Allowing for the fact that many contracts will already have been issued, the Kennel Club advises societies to use the following wording for shows held from 1 Jan 2021: “In accepting this appointment I confirm that I comply with the requirements of the Judges Competency Framework or Kennel Club Regulation F20b”.

Any contracts in place prior to 24 February 2020 will remain valid.

Please note that further press releases will be issued containing more details of the new judge education and approval system.

Please direct all enquiries to email jcf@thekennelclub.org.uk.

¹ A judge must meet the revised Level 1 requirements in order to be eligible to take multiple-choice exams at Breed Appreciation Days. Any MCEs already taken and passed will still be valid.

THE NORTHERN KING CHARLES SPANIEL CLUB

JUDGING CRITERIA

A1 LIST

Judges who the Club would support and have previously been approved to award C.C.’s in the Breed and have carried out the appointment.

A2 LIST

For Judges who fulfil all the requirements of the A3 List and who have been assessed in accordance with Kennel Club requirements and accepted by the Kennel Club for inclusion on the A2 List and who the Club would support to award C.C.’s if invited to judge by a society to award C.C.’s in the Breed for that occasion.

A3 LIST

Specialist

Judges who the Club would recommend to award C.C.’s in the breed but are not yet approved by the Kennel Club for inclusion on the A2 List and have the support of the Club and have passed all relevant mandatory requirements of the Kennel Club.   Must have a minimum of seven years judging experience in the Breed and as a specialist must have been a breeder or exhibitor or closely associated with the breed for at least seven years and have judged  a minimum or one hundred and ten King Charles Spaniels, or at the discretion of the Committee.   As a specialist must have bred and/or owned a minimum of three dogs when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances)

Non-Specialist

Judges who the Club would recommend to award C.C.’s in the breed but are not yet approved by The Kennel Club for inclusion on the A2 List and have the support of the Club and have passed all relevant mandatory requirements of the Kennel Club.   Must have a minimum of seven years judging experience in the breed and as a non-specialist, must have judged a minimum of one hundred and ten King Charles Spaniels, or at the discretion of the Committee.    As a non-specialist must have bred and/or owned a minimum of three dogs when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances)

B LIST

Specialist

Judges who have a minimum of two years’ experience of judging King Charles Spaniels at shows without C.C.’s or open shows.   As a specialist, should have been a breeder or exhibitor for a minimum of four years and to have judged twenty-two dogs of the breed at Open Shows or Championship Shows without C.C.’s. and attended and passed a breed specific seminar

Non-Specialist

Judges who have been approved by the Club to judge King Charles Spaniels at shows without C.C.’s or open shows.   As a non-specialist must have shown an interest in the breed and toy dogs in general for a minimum of seven years.   As a non-specialist must have judged twenty-two dogs of the breed at Open Shows or Championship Shows without C.C.’s (save in exceptional circumstances) and attended and passed a breed specific seminar

C LIST

For aspirant judges who have shown an interest in the breed and have the support of the Club but who do not fall into any of the above categories either as a specialist or non-specialist.

HONORARY LIST

Judges who are no long active.

When a person is proposed for inclusion on the Judging List, it will be the responsibility of the Committee to check whether the person possesses the necessary qualifications for inclusion on that List.

 

 

Acceptance or rejection will be decided by a two thirds majority of Committee Members.

 

 

MARCH 2015