Information for Examiners

Information for dog examiners © The Kennel Club
 

Only Kennel Club Registered or Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Listed Status Organisations can host a test. They will appoint an examiner for their test that must meet the Scheme's Examiner qualifications and are also able to complete the task proficiently. This point cannot be stressed highly enough. Persons qualified to examine should also be an experienced dog person and meet the criteria as follows:

  1. Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Approved Examiner- An Examiner who has passed a Good Citizen Dog Scheme Examiner Assessment Course at a specified level of achievement i.e. Bronze, Silver and/or Gold. Courses were introduced in 2003 and Assessment Courses are aimed at prospective and current Scheme Examiners. For further details, please contact the Good Citizen Dog Scheme office.
  2. Kennel Club Judge- A person who judges at Kennel Club Licensed events on a regular basis. This applies to Open or Championship show level in Obedience, Agility, Working Trials and Breed Shows. Field Trials (Panel Judges) and Gundog Working Test judges who have handled and trained dogs to gain Field Trial or Gundog Working Test awards.
  3. Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers- This applies to Associate, Full Member, Graduate and Advanced grades. Also First Grade instructors with three years training experience, obtained prior to 1/1/2003.
  4. Police or Service Dog Handler- A Police or Service dog handler that has a good understanding of dog training and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme testing standards.
  5. Dog Warden -A Dog Warden that has a good understanding of dog training and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Testing Standards.

Examiners

Clubs and organisations hosting tests should note the changes to the criteria for examiners which came into force from 1 May 2014.

Criteria for Examiners

The Club or Organisation hosting a test must appoint an examiner and must satisfy themselves that the person they appoint meets the Scheme's Examiner qualifications and is able to complete the task proficiently. This point cannot be stressed highly enough.

Following the amendments to examiner criteria introduced from 1 May 2014, allBronze, Silver or Gold tests must be examined by an examiner whose name appears on either the A list or the B list of Good Citizen Dog Scheme Examiners. Up to date lists of all A and B list examiners for a particular region may be obtained at any time on request from the Good Citizen Dog Scheme office.

Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Approved Examiners

I. A LIST EXAMINERS

Examiners whom the Good Citizen Dog Scheme would support to examine and who have passed the Examiner Assessment Course at the following levels:

A1 List (up to and including Gold level)

Have received a pass at the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award levels of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Examiner Assessment Course.

A2 List (up to and including Silver level)

Have received a pass at the Bronze and Silver Award levels of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Examiner Assessment Course.

A3 List (Bronze level only)

Have received a pass at the Bronze Award level of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Examiner Assessment Scheme.

NOTE: Examiners who are placed on the A2 and A3 Examiner list may also feature on the B list, due to meeting the Scheme's criteria through previous examining experience at Silver and Gold Award levels.

II. B LIST EXAMINERS

Examiners who were qualified at 30 April 2014 under the former criteria (listed below), and who had acted as a Good Citizen Dog Scheme test examiner for Bronze and/or Silver and/or Gold Award levels in the 5 years prior to 30 April 2014, and who successfully applied for inclusion on the Good Citizen Dog Scheme B list of Examiners within the set deadline.

B List examiners' experience is reflected by placing the relevant notification i.e. B = Bronze, S=Silver or G=Gold by the individual examiner name (based on examining experience notified to the Good Citizen Dog Scheme office). Examiners on the B list are eligible to examine at all levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and will remain eligible to examine without time limit.

Former criteria on which eligibility for inclusion on the B list was based:

  • Kennel Club Judge - A person who judged at Kennel Club Licensed events on a regular basis. This applied to Open or Championship show level in Obedience, Agility, Working Trials and Breed Shows. Field Trials (Panel Judges) and Gundog Working Test judges who had handled and trained dogs to gain Field Trial or Gundog Working Test awards.
  • Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers - This applied to Associate Members, Full Members, and Graduate and Advanced grades. Also First Grade instructors with three years training experience, obtained prior to 1/1/2003.
  • Police or Service Dog Handler - A Police or Service dog handler who had a good understanding of dog training and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme testing standards.
  • Dog Warden - A Dog Warden who had a good understanding of dog training and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Testing Standards.

NOTE: applications for the B list have closed. All new examiners will have taken and passed the GCDS Examiner Assessment Course at the relevant level of achievement i.e. Bronze, Silver and/or Gold. Examiner Assessment Courses are held throughout the year and across the country at all levels. For details please contact the Good Citizen Dog Scheme office: gcds@thekennelclub.org.uk

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Downloads
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B List Examiner Application Form
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GCDS Guidelines 2016

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Dog TrainingGCDSGood Citizen Dog Scheme

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