10.4 HOW TO BECOME A RETRIEVING TRIAL JUDGE
10.4.1 To be eligible to apply, a person must have -
10.4.1.1 Been a member of the canine control for a minimum of five(5) years.
(The Member Body will consider an application for a person transferring from another Sate or Territory of Australia, or overseas, who can provide evidence that their canine experience extends over a minimum period of five consecutive years as a member of the Controlling Body for the State, Territory or Country of prior residence.)
10.4.1.2 Have trained, competed and successfully placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd to at least Novice standard in Retrieving Trials.
10.4.1.3 Have officiated as Trial Manager, Judges Steward or Gun Steward at (5) ANKC recognized Trials in the preceding three (3) years.
10.4.1.4 Attended a minimum of three (3) lectures and /or other advertised instruction sessions provided by the Retrieving and Field Trial Committee within the last five (5) years.
10.4.1.5 Be the holder of an appropriate gun licence if required.
10.4.1.6 Been approved by the Victorian Canine Association Inc.
10.4.2 Trainee Judge
10.4.2.1 A Trainee Judge will be required to attend Lectures and Tutorials covering interpretation and application of the Rules for the conduct of Retrieving Trial and other topics relevant to judging, or have attended a minimum of three (3) lectures and /or other advertised instruction sessions provided by the Retrieving delegates of the Retrieving and Field Trial Committee within the last five (5) years.
10.4.2.2 Attend Practical Training days for setting retrieves suitable for relevant stakes with opportunity for judging practice.
10.4.2.3 Attend trials to observe and mark judging sheets at a minimum of three (3) Novice Stakes. It is recommended that a minimum of ten dogs over two runs be judged by the trainee judge. The trainee judges record card must be signed by the contracted judge, evidencing that the trainee judge has marked sheets to the judges satisfaction.
10.4.2.4 Punctual attendance at theory and practical sessions is required.
10.4.2.5 Pass a practical exam consisting of a Simulated Novice trail of at least six (6) competing dogs. Each trainee will be required to set and judge a simulated Novice Stake and may be required to make an oral report giving reasons for points awarded and/or deducted.
10.4.2.6 A pass will be awarded if the Candidate satisfies the majority of the three (3) approved examiners as to his/her knowledge and ability. Successful candidates will be recommended to the Member body to be eligible to judge up to and including Novice Stakes.
10.4.3 Written Examinations
10.4.3.1 The approved examiners will consist of a minimum of two (2) qualified Championship/all Age judges approved by the Victorian RAFT retrieving delegates.
10.4.3.2 At no time shall two or more members of one family or the same household be examiners.
10.4.3.3 All examinations shall be supervised by a person or persons appointed by the examiners.
10.4.3.4 In written examinations it will be the practice of examiners to agree on answers required before the date of the examination.
All written examination papers shall consist of “short answer questions” and/or “multi-choice questions” only. Except for “multi-choice questions” where one (1) person only is required, there shall be at least two (2) persons appointed to separately mark the papers, without conferring.
The results shall be separately forwarded to the CEO of the VCA to be then forwarded to the Victorian RAFT committee’s retrieving delegates. 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 a 75% pass mark. The ANKC Rules for the Conduct of Retrieving Trials, shall be the only basis for the written examinations. All examination papers (pass or fail) will be held by the VCA Office.
10.4.3.5 A candidate who has failed a written examination (other than multi choice questions) may request a remark of their paper. Such request to be in writing and within 14 days of advice of the result of the examination. The re-marking of the paper shall be conducted by three (3) persons appointed to separately re-mark the paper without conferring. Such persons shall not be the original markers of the paper concerned.
10.4.3.6 No names shall be used on examination papers. Only the candidates examination number shall appear on the examination paper.
10.4.3.7 The key to Candidate’s names and examination numbers shall be held in the sealed envelope by the Executive Officer of the Member Body until marks have been awarded.
10.4.3.8 All Examiners are to be present at Practical Examinations. In the case of illness or other exigency, a Deputy will be co-opted to the Panel.
10.4.4 Upgrading of Novice Judges Aspiring to Judge Restricted Stakes and Restricted Judges aspiring to Judge All Age Stakes.
10.4.4.1 Have successfully, trained competed and finished in stakes at the level for which he/she is applying for upgrade.
10.4.4.2 Attend Lectures and tutorials covering setting and judging relevant stakes for upgrading.
10.4.4.3 Attend Practical Field days for setting retrievers suitable for relevant stakes with opportunity for judging practice.
10.4.4.4 Attend trials to observe and mark judging sheets at a minimum of three(3) relevant stakes. The aspiring judges record card must be signed by the contracted judge, evidencing that the trainee judge has marked sheets to the judges satisfaction.
10.4.4.5 Satisfactory completion of the requisite number of judging appointments in accordance with the Retrieving Trial Rules, an Examiner to be appointed by the Retrieving Committee for each Trial at which the Aspirant elects to be considered for elevation in judging status, to observe, guide and report to the Member Body, and, where sufficient reports favourably on balance are received from at least two different examiners, and any other requirement has been met the Aspirant may make application to the Member Body for elevation in judging status.
Note: Every effort will be made to appoint Examiners who are not competing in the Trial at which assessment for elevation is carried out.
Relevant Stakes means Stakes at the level at which the Judge is aspiring.
10.4.4.6 Examination; Set and judge a mock relevant Stake with at least six (6) competing dogs. A pass will be awarded if the Candidate satisfies the Examiners as to his/her knowledge and ability.
Successful Candidates will be recommended to the Member Body to be eligible to judge at the level for which they have applied.
10.4.5 All Age Judges aspiring to judge Championship Stakes.
10.4.5.1 Practical: Satisfactory completion of at least four (4) All Age Judging appointments in accordance with the Retrieving Trial Rules; an examiner to be appointed by the Member Body for each trial at which the Aspirant elects to be considered for elevation in judging status, to observe, guide and report to the Member Body and, where sufficient reports favourable on balance are received from at least two different Examiners, and any other requirement has been met, the Aspirant may make application to the Member Body for elevation in status.
Successful Candidates will be recommended to the Member Body to be eligible to judge Championship Stakes.
Note: Any Judge who fails to renew their Judging Licence for two (2) consecutive years for any reason and at a later date wishes to apply for return to the Judges Licence, must automatically go back to the Novice Level of judging.
Any Judge who fails to renew their Judging Licence for a period exceeding two (2) years must apply to re-enter the Scheme.
10.4.6.1 Examiners for elevation in Judging status must have been qualified for the judging status to which the examinee is aspiring for at least three (3) years.
Note: Every effort will be made to appoint Examiners who are not competing in the Trial at which the assessment for elevation is carried out.
10.4.7 The maintenance of a list of judging appointments and other assignments, complete with exact dates and other relevant details, is the responsibility of each Judge. Such detail must be furnished when applying for elevation of status.
10.4.8 No judging appointments may be accepted for any class until the relevant status has been granted by the Member body.
10.4.9 Judges may not accept appointments outside of their home State/Territory to judge classes for which they have not been approved by their State/Territory Member Body.