Appointing an Examiner
The Good Citizen Dog Scheme office can provide details of
Examiners throughout the UK, as generated from the database of
Your Examiner must be qualified to Scheme Guidelines and it is
advisable where possible to appoint an Examiner who (see
below) who is not a member of the Club/Organisation hosting the
test. The Examiner must meet the Examining criteria and must not
have been involved in the training of any of the students under
test for that particular level.
An Examiner should be given as much notice as possible. Ideally
they should be invited at the beginning of a training course so
that preparations can be made.
Ensure the Examiner has a clear understanding of the aims,
objectives and standard required for each test level they will be
invited to examine. They should have a copy of the Scheme
Description and Responsibility and Care leaflet prior to the test.
Working with different personalities and groups can be
The Examiner you are considering appointing must be a person who
can communicate the Scheme's requirements and instructions clearly
and concisely so as to avoid confusion. The proposed Examiner must
be able to give instructions to the students under test that are
specific and to be repeated if necessary.
The Club/Organisation should ask a range of question to
establish the Examiners experience, e.g. have they judged the test
before and if so did they do a good job? Have they passed that
particular award level with their own dog? This is not a compulsory
requirement but it may help a Club/Organisation in ascertaining how
much understanding an Examiner has of the Scheme's
Examiners are not responsible for providing the Scheme's
paperwork for testing and sessions cannot be conducted without the
correct paperwork. It is the responsibility of the Club or
Organisation hosting the test to order and provide all the required
Examiners will have their own style of setting up and conducting
each exercise. Within the Scheme's guidelines, it is up to the
Examiner to specify how each test should be conducted, bearing in
mind that each test has a clearly defined objective.
Practicing for Tests
It is always advisable to practice an exercise, in more than one
place and in more than one way.
The caller should play no part as to the manner in which the
exercises making up the test are conducted. This is entirely at the
discretion of the examiner. Examiners must ensure that there
testing instructions are complied with. Note: It is advisable to
use someone other than the class instructor to act as the
Examiners should always introduce themselves and try to put
candidates at ease. Remember that most handlers under test will be
It is advisable that the Club/Organisation discuss the test
requirements before the test takes place, this can be done upon
invitation and will help to avoid any confusion.