DogsNT Judges Training Schemes

DOGSNT CONFORMATION JUDGES TRAINING SCHEME

🔶 DOGSNT TRAINEE: CONFORMATION JUDGE.
– Updated 2019

Members who wish to join the Conformation Judges Training Scheme are advised that applications to join the scheme must be submitted no later than JUNE 30th.

♦ Applicants will have been a member of DogsNT for a minimum period of eight (8) years during the ten (10) years prior to the date of the application.
♦ Persons transferring from another state/territory/country will be required to provide evidence of their experience over a period of eight (8) years as a member of the relevant Canine Controlling body to be considered for acceptance into the training scheme.
♦ Provide sufficient evidence of experience as a breeder, exhibitor, and steward in canine activity, as outlined here-under:

– The applicant must:

a) The Applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
b) Have bred at least three (3) litters under their own or shared prefix. (Dispensation may be granted on production of evidence from the applicant that they reside in an area that prohibits the breeding of dogs by State or Local Authority Law).
c) Have bred at least two (2) Champions under their own or shared prefix.
d) Supply evidence of practical experience as a Ring Steward.
e) Have successfully completed the NACA Stewards course and have qualified as a Ring Steward.
f) DECLARATION: “I declare that I am physically fit and capable of judging in accordance with the Rules and if required I am prepared to undergo a medical fitness test and/or vision test at the discretion of the Member Body of ANKC Ltd. I further accept that my Member Body may at its absolute discretion refuse to grant any renewal of licence and may cancel or suspend for any period or vary in any way any licence already granted or to be granted.” ANKC Ltd Regs Part 2, Point 1.4

 Applications must be made to DogsNT on the prescribed form and accompanied by the designated fee.

♦ Download the Application Form HERE.

◊ JUDGES TRAINING SCHEME: FORMS

◊ JTS: Breed Lecture Attendance Form
JTS: Live Dog Critique Form – Single Breed
◊ JTS: Virtual Dog Critique Form – Single Breed
◊ JTS: Virtual Dog Critique Form – Mixed Group
◊ JTS: Virtual Dog – Record Sheet
◊ JTS: Live Dog – Record Sheet
◊ JTS: Practical Assessment Form
◊ JTS: Sweepstakes – Record Sheet
◊ JTS: Sweepstakes – Assessment Form

♦ DogsNT Rules: Judges Training Scheme can be found: HERE
♦ DogsNT Fees page can be found: HERE
♦ Full details of the ANKC Regulations can be found: HERE

DOGSNT RETRIEVING TRIAL JUDGES TRAINING JUDGES SCHEME

🔶 DOGSNT TRAINEE: RETRIEVING TRIAL JUDGE.

◊ ELIGIBILITY:

 – Applicants must:

1. Have been a financial member of an ANKC Member Body for a minimum period of five (5) years prior to the date of application. The Member Body will consider an application from a person transferring from another State or Territory of Australia, or overseas, who can provide evidence that their canine experience extends over a minimum period of five (5) consecutive years as a member of the Controlling Body for the State, Territory or Country of prior residence.
2. Be a financial member of their State/Territory Member Body.
3. Have officiated as a Trial Manager, Judges Steward or Gun Steward at five (5) ANKC recognised Trials in the preceding three (3) years.
4. Have successfully trained and competed with a dog at the level for which he/she is applying.
5. Be the holder of an appropriate gun licence if required.

(b) Applications:

Applications must be made to DogsNT on the prescribed form and accompanied by the designated fee.

♦ The DogsNT Forms page can be found HERE
♦ The DogsNT Fees page can be found HERE
♦ Full details of the ANKC Regulations can be found HERE

DOGSNT OBEDIENCE JUDGES TRAINING SCHEME

🔶 DOGSNT TRAINEE: OBEDIENCE JUDGE.
– In Accordance with ANKC Regulation 3C (January 2020)

– The Applicant must:

1. Be a member of an ANKC Ltd Member Body for at least three (3) years prior to the application and be a current financial member of an ANKC Ltd Member Body.
2. Be over eighteen (18) years of age.
3. Reside in the State or Territory of application for the Licence.  
4. Aspirants are expected to attend all lectures and practical training sessions unless otherwise approved by the relevant ANKC Ltd Member Body. Aspirants will also be required to educate themselves by studying the Rules for the Conduct of Obedience Trials.
5. ANKC Ltd Member Bodies may approve applications received from members who do not meet the above criteria providing that they are permanent residents of Australia and can effectively demonstrate and produce documentation verifying their experience and qualifications to meet the above standards gained in a previous country of residence.
6. Subject to the agreement of both the aspiring Judge and ANKC Ltd Member Bodies, a person may be approved to enroll in an Obedience Judges Training Scheme conducted in a more convenient geographic location to that person.
7. At the discretion of the relevant ANKC Ltd Member Body, CCD and/or Novice aspirants may be required to pass a preliminary theory examination based on ANKC Ltd Member Body Rules and Regulations and general requirements of the Rule Book for the Conduct of Obedience Trials. 
8. If an ANKC Ltd Member Body requires a higher standard than the ANKC Ltd Minimum Standards, the ANKC Ltd Member Body’s Regulation/s will take precedence over the ANKC Ltd Minimum Standard/s.
9. DECLARATION: “I declare that I am physically fit and capable of judging in accordance with the Rules and if required I am prepared to undergo a medical fitness test and/or vision test at the discretion of the Member Body of ANKC Ltd. I further accept that my Member Body may at its absolute discretion refuse to grant any renewal of licence and may cancel or suspend for any period or vary in any way any licence already granted or to be granted.” ANKC Ltd Regs Part 2, Point 1.4

– To be eligible to apply for a:

1.1. COMMUNITY COMPANION DOG JUDGING LICENCE: Aspirant to have personally trained and trialled a dog to the ANKC minimum standard;
1.2. NOVICE AND COMBINED CCD/NOVICE JUDGING LICENCE: The applicant has personally trained and trialled a dog to the ANKC minimum standard
1.3. OPEN JUDGING LICENCE: The applicant must have an ANKC Ltd Novice Judging Licence.
Judged at least three (3) Novice Obedience classes at sanctioned obedience trials
1.4 UTILITY JUDGING LICENCE: The applicant must have an ANKC Ltd Open Judging Licence.
Judged at least three (3) Open Obedience classes at sanctioned trials.
1.5 UTILITY DOG EXCELLENT JUDGING LICENCE: The applicant must have an ANKC Ltd Utility Judging Licence.
Judged at lease three (3) Utility Obedience classes at sanctioned obedience Trials.

◊ Applications must be made to DogsNT on the prescribed form and accompanied by the designated fee.

♦ The DogsNT Forms page can be found HERE
♦ The DogsNT Fees page can be found HERE
♦ Full details of the ANKC Regulations can be found HERE

DOGSNT AGILITY, JUMPING & GAMES TRIAL JUDGES TRAINING SCHEME 

🔶 DOGSNT TRAINEE: AGILITY, JUMPING & GAMES TRIAL JUDGE.
– In Accordance with ANKC Regulation 3g (January 2020)

Members of Dogs NT who aspire to become Agility Jumping and Games Trial judges must, at the time of application, meet the following requirements;

– The Applicant must:

1. Be a member of an ANKC Ltd Member Body for at least three (3) years prior to the application and be a current financial member of an ANKC Ltd Member Body.
2. Be over eighteen (18) years of age.
3. Reside in the State or Territory of application for the Licence.
4. Aspirants are expected to attend all lectures and practical training sessions unless otherwise approved by the relevant ANKC Ltd Member Body. Aspirants will also be required to educate themselves by studying the Rules for the Conduct of Agility Trials.
5. ANKC Ltd Member Bodies may approve applications received from members who do not meet the above criteria providing that they are permanent residents of Australia and can effectively demonstrate and produce documentation verifying their experience and qualifications to meet the above standards gained in a previous country of residence.
6. Subject to the agreement of both the aspiring Judge and ANKC Ltd Member Bodies, a person may be approved to enroll in an Agility Judges Training Scheme conducted in a more convenient geographic location to that person.
7. At the discretion of the relevant ANKC Ltd Member Body, aspirants may be required to pass a preliminary theory examination based on ANKC Ltd Member Body Rules and Regulations and general requirements of the Rule Book for the Conduct of Agility Trials.
8. The ANKC Ltd Member Body may recognise prior learning at their discretion.
9. DECLARATION: “I declare that I am physically fit and capable of judging in accordance with the Rules and if required I am prepared to undergo a medical fitness test and/or vision test at the discretion of the Member Body of ANKC Ltd. I further accept that my Member Body may at its absolute discretion refuse to grant any renewal of licence and may cancel or suspend for any period or vary in any way any licence already granted or to be granted.” ANKC Ltd Regs Part 2, Point 1.4

– To be eligible to apply for a licence, the aspirant will:

1. Have personally trained and titled a dog to the minimum of Agility Dog and;
2. Be currently active in the sport of Agility by either:

a) Being a competitor, or
b) Performing functions of a club official at an Agility trial, or
c) Being or have been an agility/jumping/games instructor.

◊ REVALIDATION OF AGILITY/JUMPING JUDGES LICENCES:

1. All Agility and Jumping Judges Licences are required to be re-validated each five (5) years to coincide with the introduction of new rule books or the like.
2. Re-validation procedures will be determined by TAC and the DogsNT Council.

◊ Applications must be made to DogsNT on the prescribed form and accompanied by the designated fee.

♦ The DogsNT Forms page can be found HERE
♦ The DogsNT Fees page can be found HERE
♦ Full details of the ANKC Regulations can be found HERE

DOGSNT RALLY O JUDGES TRAINING SCHEME

🔶 DOGSNT TRAINEE: RALLY O TRIAL JUDGE.
– In Accordance with ANKC Regulation 3F (January 2020)

◊ ELIGIBILITY

Members of Dogs NT who aspire to become Rally O judges must, at the time of application, meet the following requirements:
 
– The Applicant must:

1. Be a member of an ANKC Ltd Member Body for at least three (3) years prior to the application and be a current financial member of an ANKC Ltd Member Body.
2. Be over eighteen (18) years of age
3. Reside in the State or Territory of application for the Licence.
4. DECLARATION: “I declare that I am physically fit and capable of judging in accordance with the Rules and if required I am prepared to undergo a medical fitness test and/or vision test at the discretion of the Member Body of ANKC Ltd. I further accept that my Member Body may at its absolute discretion refuse to grant any renewal of licence and may cancel or suspend for any period or vary in any way any licence already granted or to be granted.” ANKC Ltd Regs Part 2, Point 1.4

In addition, the following specific qualifications are required:

– To be eligible to apply for a Rally Obedience Judges licence:

1. The applicant has personally trained and trialled a dog to a minimum of Rally Novice Title or Companion Dog Obedience Title.
2. Has a comprehensive knowledge of the rules and has actively participated in the organising of trials

◊ OVERVIEW

1. Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC Ltd) Member Bodies will be responsible for the Training, Testing, Assessment, and Maintenance of Judging licences.
2. Effective from 1 January 2016 ANKC Ltd Member Bodies will assess Judges in the following classes simultaneously as a consequence arising from the review of the Rally Obedience rules and also be added to Regulations Part 3F where applicable:
i. Novice – ii. Advanced – iii. Excellent – iv. Master
3. ANKC Ltd Member Bodies will assess Judges in the following classes simultaneously:
i. Novice – ii. Advanced – iii. Excellent
4. Reserved
5. At the discretion of the relevant ANKC Ltd Member Body, aspirants may be required to pass a preliminary theory examination based on ANKC Ltd Member Body Rules and Regulations and general requirements of the Rule Book for the Conduct of Rally Obedience Trials.
6. If an ANKC Ltd Member Body requires a higher standard than the ANKC Ltd Minimum Standards, the ANKC Ltd Member Body’s Regulation/s will take precedence over the ANKC Ltd Minimum Standard/s.

◊ Applications must be made to DogsNT on the prescribed form and accompanied by the designated fee.

♦ The DogsNT Forms page can be found HERE
♦ The DogsNT Fees page can be found HERE
♦ Full details of the ANKC Regulations can be found HERE

DOGSNT TRICK DOG JUDGES TRAINING SCHEME

🔶 DOGSNT TRAINEE: TRICK DOG JUDGE.
– In Accordance with ANKC Regulation 3HB (January 2020)

◊ PRE-REQUISITES TO APPLY FOR TRAINING AS A TRICK DOG JUDGE:

– An applicant must:

1. Have been a member of a Member Body for at least three (3) years prior to the application and be a current financial member of a Member Body;
2. Be over eighteen (18) years of age by the closing date for applications;
3. Reside in the State or Territory of application for admission to the Scheme;
4. Have personally trained, competed with and achieved a minimum of two (2) qualifying certificates for a dog in at least Starter class in Trick Dog Tests; and
5. Have experience in related club or training activities, in any ANKC discipline.
6. Must apply to and be accepted by the relevant Member Body and pay the relevant Canine Judge’s fee.
7. DECLARATION: “I declare that I am physically fit and capable of judging in accordance with the Rules and if required I am prepared to undergo a medical fitness test and/or vision test at the discretion of the Member Body of ANKC Ltd. I further accept that my Member Body may at its absolute discretion refuse to grant any renewal of licence and may cancel or suspend for any period or vary in any way any licence already granted or to be granted.” ANKC Ltd Regs Part 2, Point 1.4

– Acceptance/rejection:

A Member Body may approve an application received from applicants who do not meet the above criteria provided that they are permanent residents of Australia and can effectively demonstrate and produce documentation verifying their experience and qualifications to meet the above eligibility criteria gained in a previous country of residence.

Subject to the agreement of both the applicant and the relevant Member Body, a person may be approved for admission to a Trick Dog Judges Training Scheme conducted in a geographic location more convenient to that person.

◊ TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

All applicants for approval as Trick Dog Judges must satisfy the requirements set out below:

◊ TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

At the discretion of the relevant Member Body, trainees may be required to pass a preliminary theory examination based on Member Body Rules and Regulations and general requirements of the Rules for the Conduct of Trick Dog Tests prior to commencing or while undertaking the Judges Training Scheme.

– Trainees will be required to:

1) Educate themselves by being conversant with the Member Body Rules and Regulations relevant to Trick Dog Tests and updates to those Rules and Regulations; this may be through attendance at lectures and/or self-education;
2) Unless otherwise approved by the relevant Member Body, attend at least 80% of lectures and practical training sessions conducted as part of the Trick Dog Judges Training Scheme;
3) Undertake practice judging at the relevant level under the supervision of an approved Trainer;
     a) NOTE: A copy of the Judges Sheets completed during such practice judging must be forwarded to the Scheme Convener in accordance with the timelines specified by the Convenor on behalf of the Member Body;
4) Undertake stewarding responsibilities at a minimum of three (3) sanctioned Trick Dog Tests.

◊ PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSIONS

Normally, at least three (3) practical training sessions, each of at least three (3) hours duration, will be conducted in each calendar year.

The Convenor or Trainer will notify trainees of training times and venues at least ten (10) working days in advance of each training session. Such notification will normally be provided by email message to the email address provided by the trainee.

– Trainer must:
1) Across the duration of Judges training, supervise trainees in all required aspects of performance in Trick Dog Tests. Sessions may include judging from DVDs and/or live run-outs;
2) Provide feedback to trainees and be open to questions from trainees;
3) Sign trainees’ Practical Training Forms, including any comments or feedback.
     a) These forms are to be retained by the Scheme Convenor. Copies may be retained by the trainees.

– Trainees:
Trainees must provide documentation of attendance at all Judges Training sessions which they have attended and all stewarding appointments.

◊ APPLICATION FOR ELEVATION AS A TRICK DOG JUDGE

A trainee who has completed these requirements may apply to undertake the prescribed theory and practical examinations for elevation as a Trick Dog Judge.

Assessment will be carried out in the following sequential order:

1) written or oral theory examination;
2) practical examination.

◊ THEORY EXAMINATION

The theory examination may be in either written or oral format as prescribed by the Convenor and is to be marked by a minimum of three members of the Judges Training Panel and/or Trick Dog Judges appointed by the Panel as examiners to mark examination papers independently.

1) The examination will consist of a minimum of twenty-five (25) and a maximum of fifty (50) questions set by the Convenor.
2) To pass the theory examination a trainee must achieve a minimum of 80% from the majority of the markers.
3) The Convenor or Trainer will provide feedback to the trainee on all examinations.

– Review:
A trainee who has failed a theory examination may make a written request, addressed to the Convenor, within fourteen (14) days of the advice of the results for their paper to be reviewed. A different panel of three (3) markers appointed by the Judges Training Panel will, without conferring, separately remark the papers.

◊ PRACTICAL EXAMINATION

The practical examination will be assessed by at least three (3) assessors appointed by the Panel to assess trainee Judges’ practical examinations independently.

1) A trainee must have passed the theory examination before undertaking the practical examination.
2) The following are the requirements for a pass in the practical examination:
     a) A trainee must judge a minimum of four (4) Trick Dog run-outs covering at least three (3) Trick Dog class levels.
     b) At the assessors’ discretion, a trainee may be asked to judge additional dog/s or to judge from DVDs if there are no dogs available for a particular class.
     c) Each assessor will individually make a recommendation as to whether the trainee has passed or failed.
     d) A recommendation by the majority of assessors is required in order for the trainee to pass the practical assessment.
     e) Assessment sheets will be completed and submitted to the Convenor on behalf of the relevant Member Body for written notification to the trainee of their results.

◊ REASSESSMENT

1) A trainee who fails the practical examination may apply for re-examination.
2) The Member Body is not obligated to agree to a further examination and each case should be reviewed on its merits.
3) Where a re-examination is approved, it should be conducted no earlier than three (3) months or later than six (6) months following the original examination and should be undertaken at a time mutually agreed by the Convenor and the trainee.
4) The Judges Training Panel must take into account the need for further practical training of the trainee and the availability of suitable handlers/dogs and facilities.

◊ Applications must be made to DogsNT on the prescribed form and accompanied by the designated fee.

♦ The DogsNT Forms page can be found HERE
♦ The DogsNT Fees page can be found HERE
♦ Full details of the ANKC Regulations can be found HERE