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Forms For Judges

Judges' Acceptance Letter
Provisional Judge Evaluation
Application to become a Working Event Judge
Request for Observer Assignments
Observer Judge Evaluation
Judges' Event Evaluation Form -Water
Judges Event Evaluation Form- Draft

For information regarding judging status, contact Benita Edds.






Working Event Judges Corner

2018 brings another year of good times and wonderful teamwork at NCA Working Events across the country.  

Please find the latest edition of the judges' news at the link below. It has lots of great information for you as you plan for this year and beyond.

As always, don't hesitate to contact the WDC with questions, concerns or feedback! (you may have to copy/paste the link into your browser or right click the link and select open in a new window to view.)

Working Judges News - 2018

Working Dog News - Fall 2019

All the best,

Sue Raney
Working Dog Committee Chairman

NEW: Judges Activity Report

Requirements to move up in judging levels

To move from Provisional level to Partner level:
Must have judged at least three assignments at the Provisional level (a two day test counts as one assignment at the Provisional level)
Must have received at least two positive evaluations
Must have judged with at least two different mentor level judges
Must have judged at a minimum of two different sites
Must have exhibited a dog at least once every 3 years
Must pass an open book test once every 3 years
Must earn an additional title for a total of three (3) WRDs, or two WRDs and one NCA WRDX or three DDs or two DD’s and one TDD or NCA DDX

To move from Partner level to Mentor level:
Must have judged at least four assignments at the Partner level
Must have judged with at least three different judges at the Partner level
Must have judged at a minimum of two different sites at the Partner level
Must have judged for at least two different clubs at the Partner level
Must have exhibited a dog at least once every 4 years
Must pass an open book test once every 3 years
Water judges must earn an additional title for a minimum of four (4) WRDs or three (3) WRDs and one (1) NCA WRDX
Draft judges must earn an additional title for a minimum of three (3) DDs and one (1) TDD or two (2) DDs, one (1) TDD and one (1) NCA DDX.


Revised Judging Qualifications - revised Septmber 2017 - Approved Octber 2017


Water Test Judges List

Draft Test Judges List

Water Test Regulations (WORD file)

Draft Test Regulations

WRDX Observation Report

Event Safety Guidelines


NCA Working Test Judges' Code of Ethics

• Working Test Judges will bring the highest degree of professionalism to every test, whether acting as judge of that test, exhibitor, test committee, steward or spectator. We will remember that other judges, other exhibitors and spectators will look up to us to set an example in how we conduct ourselves. If we set a high standard for our own conduct, others will do likewise.

• We will provide impartial judging to all exhibitors. We will never show favoritism to those exhibitors whom we know personally, nor will we judge dogs exhibited by other judges according to a higher standard than we use for others entered.

• We are the mentors of this sport and we will judge all exhibitors by the high standard that has been set in the appropriate Regulations. We are conscious that we are looked up to by others who are in attendance at working tests.

• It sends the wrong message to others exhibitors to bring our list of “what ifs” to a test where we will be handling a dog. We know the rules already. Therefore, we should confine our questions to a few areas of clarification. We will not subject another judge to harassment during the question and answer period or during any other portion of a working test.

• If we observe situations where hostility or anger is directed towards another judge, an exhibitor or others, we will support any efforts made to diffuse the situation.

• We will refrain from “back seat driving” or tactics that “judge” those who were approved to judge a given working test. If asked whether we would have made the same decision on a given call, we should remind fellow exhibitors and spectators that ours was not the opinion paid for that day. We might impress upon others that close calls are made by judges from the angle they are observing the exercise or from the vantage point of their combined expertise.

• If we disagree with a judgment call made concerning our own dog, we will maintain a demeanor that sets an example for others. Whether asking the judges to review a given rule or whether we totally disagree with the judges’ decision, we will remain as courteous with one another as possible. Official avenues for disagreement remain open to us, whether formal Grievance, exhibitor evaluation sheets, etc., without compromising our standard of professionalism.

• When we accept a judging assignment, we are at the disposal of the test giving club for the duration of the test giving weekend. We will not accept judging assignments where giving the test club our total attention is interfered with by personal commitments or other time constraints for that weekend. We will make time to meet with the other judge to fully discuss rules and procedures prior to testing time. We will make time to be completely familiar with the test grounds in enough time prior to the testing time to make any changes called for in the Regulations or by the premium list sent to exhibitors.

• If we are assigned an observer for a given test, we will make time to discuss rules and procedures with him/her ahead of the test, and will answer and ask questions of the observer

after the test is completed to be able to fairly evaluate his/her readiness to judge on the provided evaluations sheets.

• It is important to clearly communicate with the other judge, stewards and exhibitors. We will take enough time to make certain our directions are understood before proceeding on a given exercise. If an exhibitor fails, we will take a moment to explain the reason for the decision, citing the appropriate regulation to provide clarity. We will attempt to use a positive attitude in our explanations, mentioning portions of the exercise that were performed correctly, with flair or enthusiasm by the dog. When possible, we will encourage the handler to remain positive about the performance his/her dog has given, even if an exercise was failed.

• We will treat all exhibitors equally, whether novice or experienced, giving the same degree of encouragement, courtesy, empathy, sympathy and impartial judging according to the Regulations to the best of our ability. This is especially true when there is an additional connection between ourselves and individual exhibitors, such as breeder of our dog, good friend, host during the test weekend, etc.

• A judge should advise potential exhibitors not to enter under him/her when their presence or the presence of their dogs might give the impression of an unfair advantage. Some examples might include persons with whom the judge co-owns dogs, dogs who have been regularly trained by the judge, a judge’s employer or employee, or a relative as defined in Section 5. (NOTE this is a Board requested addition to the Code of Ethics).

* Judges who are judging a draft test on a given weekend cannot check exhibitors equipment fit or apparatus that weekend, including the day before, except during the actual test or after the weekend’s tests have finished. Judges who are judging a water test on a given weekend cannot check exhibitor’s equipment or give feedback on a practice session that weekend, including the day before, except during the actual test or after the weekend’s tests have finished. Workshops with the weekend’s judge(s) may be held the day before the tests but entrants in the test may only participate as spectators and none of the entered dogs or equipment may be evaluated during the workshop.

* It is considered a violation of this code of ethics for a judge to share the open book exams sent to them by the NCA WDC every three years. It must not be shared with other judges or anyone else.






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