Before you become an Agility Judge you must have sufficient
knowledge and experience of agility so that you are able to judge
fairly and accurately. Most judges will have already competed in
agility for several years and will have assisted as ring managers
or on show committees with the running or organisation of agility
shows. This experience provides the prospective judge with vital
experience and knowledge of all the elements of running an agility
class safely and efficiently.
Before you judge for the first time at a Kennel Club licensed
Agility Show you must meet the following criteria:
- You must have attended a Kennel Club Agility Regulations and
Judging Procedure Seminar and passed the Regulations and Judging
Procedure examination. The exam is held at the end of the seminar
day and consists of a short multiple-choice question paper based
only on the material covered during the day at the seminar.
- You must also have attended an Agility Course Design and
Practical Judging Seminar and passed the accompanying assessment.
The assessment is a straightforward practical assessment of the
candidate's judging practice on the same day as the seminar.
More information about training seminars is available
Registered Societies, individuals and other organisations
wishing to run seminars on the above subjects should make direct
contact with a Kennel Club accredited trainer. A list of
Kennel Club approved trainers and judges can be found in the
toolbar on the right hand side of this page.
Many judges 'cut their teeth' by judging at club competition
nights, inter-club matches or limited agility shows before judging
classes at Open Agility shows. On accepting a judging appointment,
agility judges are required to confirm in writing that they are
qualified to judge in accordance with the Agility Regulations.
The organising Society also has an obligation to ensure that
anyone invited to judge is competent to fulfil the appointment.
Kennel Club Publications
The Kennel Club provides useful publications to assist with
judging appointments that include a 'Guide for Agility Judges and
Stewards', 'Judges' Guide to Agility Equipment' and the 'Guide to
Calculating Agility Course Times.'
Amendments to Agility Rules and Regulations will be highlighted
in The Scribe - The Kennel Club Agility Newsletter.
Progressing as an Agility Judge
After judging for a minimum of 5 years you may be asked to judge
a Championship Agility class and award Agility Certificates.
Championship judging appointments must be approved by the Kennel
Club General Committee. More information about judging a
Championship Agility class can be found on the '
Requirements of a Championship Agility Judge' page.