Agility

8.4 AGILITY JUDGES TRAINING AND EXAMINATION

8.4.1 Terminology

8.4.1.1 Event - Any of the discipline covered under the ANKC Agility Rules ie Agility, Jumping, Games etc

8.4.1.2 Class - Novice /Open/Master and any other level of competition within an event.

8.4.1.3 Agility – Includes events as described in the ANKC Rules unless specified otherwise.

8.4.1.4 Trainee Agility Judge - A member who has been accepted as a trainee judge for any or all agility events.

8.4.1.5 Agility Judge – An Agility Judge licensed to judge any or all agility events.

8.5 FITNESS TO JUDGE

8.5.1 In the application to join the training scheme applicants must certify that they are capable of judging in accordance with the Rules and in the normally accepted manner. Thereafter the certification becomes part of the annual renewal application for Judging Licences.

8.6 SELF EDUCATION

8.6.1 Trainee will be required to educate themselves to examination standards by:

8.6.1.1 Studying the ANKC Agility Rules

8.6.1.2 Studying the ANKC Agility Judges Guidelines

8.6.1.3 Attending appropriate Lectures and or studying available course material

8.6.1.4 Attending any required practical training session(s)

8.6.1.5 Completing course design exercises or other exercises as arranged by the Agility Committee

8.6.1.6 Acquiring ring experience

8.6.1.7 Studying available books and videos on course design and agility judging

8.7 ELIGIBILITY FOR BECOMING A TRAINEE AGILITY/JUMPING JUDGE

8.7.1 The applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

8.7.2 The applicant must have trained and trialed a dog to AD title and one pass towards an ADX title.

8.7.3 The applicant must have been a member of the member body for a minimum period of 3 years.

8.7.4 The ANKC Member Body may consider an application from a person transferring from another State or Territory of Australia or overseas, who can provide evidence that their experience of Agility extends over a minimum period of 3 years and has trained and trialled a dog to the equivalent of AD title and one pass to ADX as a member of the canine member body in the State, Territory or Country of prior residence.

8.7.5 The ANKC Member Body may consider for approval an application from an applicant over the age of eighteen (I8) years, who otherwise would not qualify under these Regulations.  Such applicant must demonstrate active and relevant involvement in Agility for a minimum period of 3 years.

8.7.6 Application to become a Trainee Agility Judge may be made at any time and must be made on the proper form available from VCA office.

8.8            QUALIFICATIONS TO APPLY TO BECOME AN  AGILITY/JUMPING JUDGE

8.8.1          Applications must be made on the form available from the VCA office.

8.8.2          The applicant must be a trainee Agility/Jumping Judge.

8.8.3          The applicant must have trained and trialed a dog to an AD title and one pass towards an ADX title.

8.8.4          The Agility Committee must certify that the applicant has:

8.8.4.1            Completed the relevant course design exercises, and any other specified works in the 18 month period prior to their licence application.

8.8.4.2            Undertaken the specified practical training in a 12 month period prior to their licence application.

8.8.4.3            Passed their practical examination in the 3 months preceding their licence application.

8.8.4.4            Passed the written examination on the ANKC Agility Rules, Agility Judges Guidelines, and VCA Regulations current at the time of their practical examination and within a 2 year period preceding that practical examination.

8.8.4.5            Or, due to prior relevant experience, received exemptions for any of the above.

8.8.5          On being granted a licence as an Agility/Jumping Judge the judge is required to submit all courses to the agility subcommittee 4 weeks prior to all judging appointments for comment and amendment until notified otherwise.

8.8.6          After September 2005 any existing Novice/Open Agility and Jumping judges shall, after receiving training and/or testing as determined by the Agility Committee, be upgraded to judge all classes of agility and jumping

8.8.7          On being granted a licence to judge all classes of Agility and Jumping the judge is required to submit all  courses to the Judges Training Subcommittee Chairperson/Convenor 4 weeks prior to all judging appointments for comment and amendment until notified otherwise.

8.9          QUALIFICATIONS TO APPLY TO BECOME A JUDGE FOR ANY OTHER EVENTS IN ADDITION TO AGILITY AND JUMPING.

8.9.2          The applicant must, as determined by the Agility Committee:

8.9.2.1            Satisfy any requirements for previous experience in either the event(s) under consideration or any other agility events.

8.9.2.2            Undertake practical or theoretical training or study

8.9.2.3            Pass practical examinations and/or written tests.

8.10          PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

8.10.1          A Trainee who fails a practical examination may be re examined after a lapse of at least three months.

8.10.2          Practical examinations shall mirror the judging of a Master agility class at the designated level, at a normal agility trial.

8.10.3          The Trainee will judge a minimum of 10 rounds using dogs of at least two different heights.

8.10.4          The course used will be designed by the Trainee and will form part of the assessment.

8.10.5          An Assessment Panel comprising three (3) Judges approved by the ANKC Member Body shall be appointed by the Agility Committee as an Examination Panel for any Practical Examination.

8.10.6          Only Assessors as qualified under these Regulations shall be eligible to be so appointed.

8.10.7          The Chairperson/Convenor of the Judges Training Subcommittee shall normally be the chairperson of the assessment panel, in his/her absence he will nominate the chairperson of the assessment panel.

8.10.8          At all practical tests a member of the Agility Committee will be present either as an assessor or observer.

8.10.9          The majority decision of the assessment panel will prevail.

8.10.10          The results of the practical examination shall be communicated to the Trainee, and the Trainee’s performance in the examination reviewed by the assessors with the Trainee, on completion of the practical examination.

8.10.11          Appeals against the results of Practical Examinations shall not be allowed unless it is alleged that the ANKC Member Body did not conduct the Practical Examination in accordance with the Rules and Regulations.

8.10.12          Appeals shall be conducted according to the VCA appeals procedure.

8.10.13          If it is found that a Judges Examination has been conducted contrary to ANKC Regulations and/or policy and a candidate has appealed against a result of the examination, the examination is to be null and void. A new examination is to be scheduled as soon as practicable without the candidates being required to gain further qualifications.

8.11          WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS

8.11.1          All written examination papers shall consist of' “short answer questions” and/or “multi-choice” questions" only.  There shall be at least two (2) persons appointed to separately mark the papers, without conferring.  In the case of a split decision (equal pass and fail) an additional person shall mark the papers and that mark shall decide the result.  All written examinations shall require an 80% pass mark.

8.11.2          The only basis for written examinations shall be:

8.11.2.1          The ANKC Rules for the conduct of Agility and Jumping Events.

8.11.2.2          The ANKC Guidelines for (Agility/Jumping) Judges

8.11.2.3          The VCA Regulations pertaining to Agility


 
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