Judges are invited by the society which is staging a Working
Trial (it is not acceptable for judges to solicit for
appointments). Before inviting a judge, the society must be
satisfied that the judge is suitably qualified, and before
accepting an appointment judges should ensure they meet the minimum
criteria, which are described below.
Judging at an Open Working Trial
Before you are appointed to judge at an Open Working Trial:
- You must have qualified a dog "Excellent" in the Stake you are
going to judge, or in a higher Stake.
- For a TD (Tracking Dog) or PD (Patrol Dog) appointment you must
have previously judged the nosework section of a lower stake
(excluding CD which does not include tracking).
- Prior to judging for the first time you must have attended a
Kennel Club Working Trial Regulations and Judging Procedure Seminar
and passed the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination.
Judging at a Championship Working Trial for CD (Companion Dog),
UD (Utility Dog) or WD (Working Dog) Stakes
Before you can judge at a Championship trial you must have
judged the relevant stake at an Open Working Trial and you need to
meet the additional criteria below:
- For CD Stake - You must have judged at least two Open Working
Trials and have qualified a dog "Excellent" as a handler, in at
least a Championship CD stake.
- For UD Stake - You must have judged all groups in UD, WD, PD or
TD Stakes at two Open Working Trials, have judged CD Stake at a
Championship Working Trial and have qualified a dog "Excellent" as
a handler, in a Championship UD Stake.
- For WD Stake - You must have judged UD Stake at a Championship
Working Trial and have qualified a dog "Excellent" as a handler, in
a Championship WD Stake.
Championship Working Trial Judge for TD or PD Stakes
Once you have been judging for a number of years you may be
asked to judge a Championship TD or PD Stake and award Working
Trial Certificates ("tickets"). If you are able to accept the
invitation, your nomination must be approved by the General
Committee of the Kennel Club before it is confirmed. If this is the
first time you have awarded Working Trial Certificates, you
- have five years experience of judging at Kennel Club licensed
- have judged WD Stake at a Championship Trial;
- have judged two or more Open Working Trials, including TD Open
for TD judges or PD Open for PD judges;
- have qualified a dog "Excellent" in the nominated stake;
- have attended a Kennel Club Working Trial Regulations and
Judging Procedure Seminar and passed the Regulations and Judging
A person approved to judge a Championship Working Trial
Certificate stake may not judge the same stake within a period of
six calendar months (the relevant date being the last day of each
Approval of Championship TD and PD judges
Societies are required to obtain Kennel Club approval for all
Championship Working Trial Judges for TD and PD stakes. Societies
must submit their nominations to the Kennel Club at least 9 months
before the appointment (but at least 18 months ahead in the case of
'first-time' Championship judges) using the official SH36 Working Trial
Judges' nomination form. Nominations of 'first time' judges
(who have not previously been approved to judge that stake at a
Championship trial) must be accompanied by a completed JD12
Questionnaire for proposed Championship Working Trial Judges.
First-time Working Trials judges will be assessed at a judging
appointment before being considered for approval by the General
NOTE: Although the deadline for nominations of first-time judges
is 18 months, it is in the interests of the society and the judge
to submit nominations, with the judge's completed questionnaire, as
far ahead as possible to allow time for the assessment to take
place and the nomination to be considered and approved well before
the date of the trial.