Information on the Judges Competency Framework

The Kennel Club have introduced a new initiative, called the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) in order to try to standardise the education of all future Judges.  Those Judges who are currently giving tickets (CC’s) in their breeds will be given ‘grandfather rights’ to continue judging (see below) but all new judges will need to complete various educational requirements to progress from Entry Level to Level 4 (which is the level for awarding CC’s in a specific breed). 

The JCF launch was originally planned to start on 1st January 2019 but has been postponed for another 12 months and is due to take effect on 1st January 2020, although the JCF system will go live in the second half of 2019.

For those judges who want to continue giving CC’s you will need to:

  • Join the KC Academy (you can register now at no cost) https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/judges-education/breed-show-judges-training/judges-competency-framework
  • Take an online refresher test ‘Requirements of a Dog Show Judge’ every 5 years.
  • Pay £10 for a yearly judging licence.
  • New judges however must as a minimum entry level have achieved the following:
  • Attend a KC ‘Requirements of a Dog Show Judge’ seminar and pass the exam.
  • Pass the KC Points of the Dog assessment.
  • Attend a KC Conformation and Movement seminar
  • Complete an online KC critique writing seminar (this only has to be done once)

Once the entry level has been achieved, you will need to:

  • Register with the KC Academy with a declaration of intent to judge a specific breed.
  • Have a proven interest of a minimum of 5 years in one or more aspects of the breeding and exhibiting of pedigree dogs (including show administration/stewarding)
  • Undertaken 6 Days of stewarding appointments.

Once you’ve achieved the Entry level requirements you can proceed to Level 1 and once you’ve fulfilled the following criteria you will be able to accept appointments to judge up to 3 (4) & 5 (6) classes at KC licensed Open/Limit Shows (the number in brackets only apply if one of the classes is a puppy class).

  • Attend an official Breed Appreciation Day for the breed you wish to judge.
  • Pass the Multiple choice Breed Standard Exam for that breed.
  • Ensure that you have completed/attended a Requirement of a Dog Show Judge seminar and passed the exam within the past 5 years.

The OEMC and MA last held a Breed Appreciation day in May 2017 and will hold one every two years.

Tracey Atkinson

Breed Education Co-Ordinator