Levels FAQs

 Updated 13/09/2018 

General 

   

How do judges establish which level they transition to?

They need to refer to the transition table to see where their education thus far fits them in. It can be accessed at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/jcf

Will I still need to attend a sub-group Field Trial/Open Gundog Working Test?

There is no change planned from the existing requirement, a judge will need to complete this to register at JCF Level 3 in the relevant breeds.

Will judges on B or C lists who are progressing towards awarding CCs be able to continue to work towards this achievement or will they have to start again?

Yes, they can continue on the current system. There will be a transition period when the current and new systems will run alongside one another until 31 December 2021. All new CC appointments approved under the current judging system should be carried out by 31 December 2021. A transition table can be found at www.thekennelclub.oprg.uk/jcf.

Breed clubs are requested to identify such judges and consider using the A2 route.

Will there be any change in criteria for judging BIS, Groups or AV classes at open shows?

No, the requirement stays the same. Under JCF judges must be registered at JCF Level 4 for at least one breed.

Level 2

 

 

I have already attended a breed seminar before JCF started (and been issued with an attendance certificate) and passed a multiple-choice breed standard exam with a pass certificate provided before JCF started.

Do I still have to attend a BAD and pass the new MCE to register at JCF Level 2?

No – provided you have met the criteria for JCF level 1 then evidence of both of these can be used towards progressing from JCF Level 1 to JCF Level 2 in the transition period.

I have already attended a breed seminar before JCF and sat a multiple-choice breed standard exam. I was told by the breed club that I passed the multiple-choice exam but I was not given a certificate to prove it I was only given an attendance certificate at the time for the seminar as a whole.

Do I still have to attend a BAD and pass the new MCE to register at JCF Level 2?

 

Yes – you will still need evidence of passing a breed standard exam to progress from JCF Level 1 to JCF Level 2 and you will need to attend a BAD and successfully pass the MCE to proceed.

Before JCF, I attended a breed seminar (and was issued with an attendance certificate) and I also sat a multiple-choice breed standard exam whilst I was there. The breed club told me that I passed the breed standard exam but they were not giving pass certificates out unless also I passed the 5-dog breed assessment on the same day.  I did not pass the breed assessment and so I was only given a certificate for my attendance.

Do I still have to attend a BAD and pass the new MCE to register at JCF Level 2?

 

Yes – it is recognised that some breed clubs have previously incorporated a multiple-choice breed standard exam as part of the breed assessment. Because of this, you will need to attend a BAD and successfully pass the MCE to progress from JCF Level 1 to JCF Level 2.

 

Before JCF, I attended a breed seminar (and was issued with an attendance certificate). There was no multiple-choice exam at this seminar but there a breed-specific hands-on assessment. I was successful at this assessment and so have a pass certificate for it. (This was an assessment where I had to assess a mock class of 5 dogs, place and critique them).

Do I still have to attend a BAD and pass the new MCE to register at JCF Level 2?

  

NO – evidence of both of these can be used towards progressing from JCF Level 1 to JCF Level 2. During the transition period, it is acceptable for you to use this type of breed specific hands-on assessment in place of a Multiple-choice Breed Standard Exam, subject to you having a certificate indicating that you have passed such an assessment.

 

I know that I have attended a breed seminar before JCF and probably either sat a multiple-choice exam or passed a breed assessment – but I can’t find any of my certificates.

Do I still have to attend a BAD and pass the new MCE to register at JCF Level 2?

 

If you don’t have any certificated evidence of these seminars/exams, then it is highly likely you will. It is your responsibility to contact the relevant breed club and ask them if they are able to provide you with evidence. If the breed club is unable to verify that you attended a breed seminar and the breed exam and/or breed specific assessment was passed, you will need to attend a Breed Appreciation Day and pass the Multiple-choice Breed Standard Exam to be able to proceed from JCF Level 1 to JCF Level 2.

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