Judges' Eligibility Requirements

The process for becoming a judge begins by attending an Earthdog seminar taught by an AKC field representative. At the seminar, a Judges Application form will be handed out. It is the responsibility of the applicant to fill out the form as eligibility requirements are completed. Once all requirements have been met, the application form and a signed Judge's Affirmation form should be mailed to the Performance Events Department, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27617. Upon verification of the information provided, the person will receive a judge's number, their name will appear in the Judges Online Directory on the AKC web site, and they will be approved to judge a licensed Earthdog event at the Junior Earthdog (JE) level. Additional apprenticeships at higher levels are required to judge at the Senior Earthdog and Master Earthdog level, but this is done after the initial application has been submitted. For information about upcoming Earthdog seminars. For additional questions, please contact Patricia Conaway at plc@akc.org.

Current Requirements (4/2/09)

JUDGING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS DIFFER BY TEST LEVEL

Prior to Judging Introduction to Quarry (IQ)
Minimum Age: 21

Prior to Judging Junior Earthdog (JE)
Seminar: Yes - one
Written Test: Yes - score 80%+
Previous Judging Experience: Judge IQ Test or a sanctioned Earthdog event.
Apprenticeship: At least twice at the JE level.
Sport Experience: "Demonstrate participatory experience in the Earthdog program."

Prior to Judging Senior Earthdog (SE)
Previous Judging Experience: Judged at least once at the JE level.
Apprenticeship: At least twice at the SE level.
Seminar: Nothing additional from the requirement for JE.
Written Test: Nothing additional from the requirement for JE.
Sport Experience: Nothing additional from the requirement for JE.

Prior to Judging Master Earthdog (ME)
Previous Judging Experience: Judged at least once at the SE level.
Apprenticeship: At least twice at the ME level.
Seminar: Nothing additional from the requirement for JE.
Written Test: Nothing additional from the requirement for JE.
Sport Experience: Nothing additional from the requirement for JE.

To Maintain Ability to Judge
Seminars: No on-going requirements.
Written Test: No on-going requirements.
Frequency of Judging: No on-going requirements.