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AKC Rally® Judging Requirements and Approval Process

Judges requesting an observation, please send requests to cejdgobs@akc.org.

To qualify as an applicant – you must have:

  1. Personally owned, trained and titled a dog to an AKC Companion Dog Excellent title (CDX) and trained and titled a dog to an AKC Rally Excellent title (RE);
  2. Been active in Rally minimum of six (6) years; (Note: This requirement will change yearly every September 1st until the minimum required time reaches six (6) years ;
  3. Acted as a steward ten (10) times in the rally class at AKC member or licensed trials. (Each show/trial will count as only 1 event);
  4. Acted as a table steward at least three (3) times (This requirement is not in addition to but may be part of the 10 required stewarding assignments);
  5. Judged at AKC sanctioned rally matches a minimum of five (5) times. Judging a nonregular class at an AKC rally trial with a minimum of ten (10) dogs competing may substitute on a one to one basis to replace the rally match requirement. Apprentice judging under three (3) different approved rally judges. Apprentice assignments beyond the three (3) required may be used on a one to one basis to replace the rally match requirement; The apprentice judging form can be found here. Apprenticing is for prospective judges only and is to be done at the level they are eligible to apply for.
  6. Actively participated as an assistant trainer or as a trainer of Rally classes in a dog training club or similar organization;
  7. Attended an AKC rally and an obedience seminar within the last three (3) years.

To apply as a Provisional Judge:

Forward completed application to Companion Events, PO Box 900068, Raleigh, NC 27675-9068 to begin the approval process.

The application can be found here.

Following the initial screening to determine that the applicant meets all minimum requirements the applicant's name will be published on the Secretary's Page of the first available issue of the GAZETTE as a Rally Judging Applicant. This provides all interested persons the opportunity to comment on the applicant's judging qualifications.

Provisional Approval:

All applicants are required to pass a written test consisting of multiple-choice questions, followed by a personal interview with one of the Obedience/Rally Field Representatives. The Companion Events Department will schedule a mutually convenient obedience trial where the test and interview may be held with the applicant and representative.

Applications are reviewed at the first available monthly meeting of the Judges Approval Committee for final determination. Following review, applicants will receive written notification of the Committee's action. If approved, the judge may then accept judging assignments for the class approved. The applicant's name will be published on the Secretary's Page of the next available issue of the GAZETTE as a Provisional Rally Judge.

To advance from provisional to regular status, judges must judge a minimum of ten (10) assignments with a minimum cumulative total of three-hundred and fifty (350) dogs competing. In addition, two (2) satisfactory judging observations must be obtained with one of the observations being completed within one year prior to the request for regular status. (Although the applicant can apply for provisional status for novice and advanced/excellent at the same time, they must be approved for regular status at the novice level prior to being approved for regular status at the advanced/excellent levels.)

It is helpful for provisional judges to inform Companion Events when judging assignments are accepted for ease in scheduling the required observations.

Note: Assignment is defined as judging for one (1) event/trial/show. A provisional and regular status judge may judge several levels of the same class at one (1) event/trail/show and will only receive credit for one assignment.]

The Companion Events staff will review the request for regular status. In some cases, additional assignments or observations may be requested with approval delayed until the completion of same. In others, however, approval will be granted and the judge's name will be published on the Secretary's Page of the first available issue of the GAZETTE as Provisional Rally Judging Completed.

Overview of Procedures:
  1. Complete requirements as outlined to apply.
  2. Send in application
  3. Name published as applicant
  4. Take written test and interview with Field Rep
  5. Name published as provisional judge
  6. Judge a minimum of ten (10) rally novice classes, with a cumulative minimum total of three-hundred and fifty dogs competing. Two satisfactory judging observations by Field Rep.
  7. Request regular status.
  8. Judge a minimum of ten (10) rally advanced/excellent classes, with a cumulative minimum total of three-hundred and fifty dogs competing. Two satisfactory judging observations by Field Rep.
  9. Request regular status for advanced/excellent.

Exceptions to the above requirements will be made for Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Exceptions would be based on applicants from these areas having completed a minimum of seven (7) assignments, with a minimum of one hundred and fifty (150) dogs judged and two (2) satisfactory observations from an AKC Field Representative.