Licensing Maintenance Requirements


LICENSING MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS for All Breed, Groups and Breed Judges (Section B, 7)

Judges' licenses are renewed annually, providing that the following conditions are met:

1) Each judge must sign a statement of commitment to abide by the CKC Code of Ethics, the Code of Ethics for Judges (upon being approved by the Board of Directors) and the Guidelines for Judges.

2) The judge must be physically capable of properly performing the functoins of a judge, as provided in Chapter 7 - Judges - section A, General.

3) The judge must be a member in good standing with the CKC and have met the requirements as stated in Chapter 7 - Judges - section B, 7.

A licensed judge who has not judged at least one (1) assignment in the past five (5) years for each group or breeds for which the judge has been licensed will have their license reviewed by the CKC. On the recommendation of the Event Officiating Committee, the judge may be allowed to proceed or will be offered enrollment in the Emeritus Program. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSED JUDGES - 6 YEAR CYCLE

Current Cycle Ending December 2023

Licensed judges are encouraged and expected to engage in a self – directed program of professional development. Recognizing that a judge has a commitment to on-going education, all judges will maintain an educational portfolio with appropriate documentation and/or certification. This portfolio will be reviewed and approved by The Canadian Kennel Club at the end of each six (6) year cycle.

Should a judge fail to meet these requirements, the judge's license will be held in abeyance until such time that the requirement is met.  

In each six (6) year cycle, a judge must:

a) Attend the CKC Advanced Judges conference; and

b) Participate for a minimum of one (1) ring stewarding assignment at a CKC Conformation Show for a minimum of four (4) hours; and 

c) meet one of the requirements as outlined in each of the two (2) categories:

Category A

  • (i) Participate in a minimum of three (3) multiple breed seminars for a total of ten (10) individual breeds or, in a minimum of ten (10) single breed seminars organized by judges' study groups and/or breed clubs. Whether it is a single breed or multiple breed seminar, each breed presentation must be a minimum of ninety (90) minutes in duration to qualify as a seminar. 
     
  • (ii) Complete a relevant program or course offered by an accredited educational or training institution (this program or course may be delivered on campus or through distance education). 
     
  • (iii) Complete a major related self designed project (this project could include the completion and publication of a book or a series of articles or the design and delivery of a related canine course of studies).
     
  • (iv) Participate in a minimum of ten (10) seminars organized by judges study groups and/or breed clubs. These seminars can be breed specific or of a general judging related topic.

Category B

  • (i) Participate in ring side mentoring at a National/Regional Breed Specialty with a CKC licensed judge, or an individual that has bred the Specialty Show breed for a minimum of fifteen (15) years. The licensed judge must be licensed to judge that specific breed.
     
  • (ii) Design, complete and present a breed specific or judging related topic to a judges study group.
     
  • (iii) Write and publish an article relating to judging in general or a specific breed in particular.
     
  • (iv) Give an educational presentation on a canine related topic to community groups or schools.
     
  • (v) Participate as a Presenter or Attendee in a minimum of two (2) multiple breed seminars totalling five (5) individual breeds or, in a minimum of five (5) single breed seminars organized by judges' study groups and/or breed clubs in addition to any of the requirements in Category A. Whether it is a single breed or multiple breed seminar, each breed presentation must be a minimum of ninety (90)  minutes in duration to qualify as a seminar. 
     
  • Participate for a full three (3) year term in the Judges Observer Program as either an Area Coordinator or as an Area Observer.
     
  • Participate in an actual or virtual visitation to a kennel or with a breeder for the purpose of being mentored with regard to a breed(s) that has been bred at that kennel or by that breeder for at least ten (10) years. A miniumum of five (5) dogs must be evaluated and the visit must be a minimum of ninety (90) minutes. The breeder/kennel must supply a document stating the date and length of visit, the number of dogs evaluated and the credentials of the breeder/kennel.  Such visitations are not limited to breeders/kennels in Canada.

Judges that are licensed to judge three (3) breeds or less, are required to choose from the following options within each six (6) year cycle: 


(1) Attend The Canadian Kennel Club Advanced Judges conference. Certificates for attendance at a Canadian Kennel Club Advanced Judges Seminar will only be issued to individuals that register and attend the
seminar in its entirety. Should a participant choose to leave before the entire seminar is complete, no certificate will be issued to that participant.

OR

(2) Write the Current Closed Book Version of the Conformation Judges Exam, Section, Rules & Procedures under Initial Application for Applicant Conformation Judging, Permit Process, 3b). Must earn a minimum of
85% to be successful or all other policies regarding rewriting of the exam are applicable.


(3) Participate as a Presenter or Attendee in a minimum of one (1) breed seminar on one of the breeds they are currently licensed to judge. The seminar to be a minimum of ninety (90) minutes in duration to qualify as
a seminar.


NOTE: Certificates for attendance at a Canadian Kennel Club Advanced Judges Seminar will only be issued to individuals that register and attend the seminar in its entirety. Should a participant choose to leave before the entire seminar is complete, no certificate will be issued to that participant.

Forms

Continuing Education Verification Form

Portfolio 5 year Checklist