Becoming a Herding Judge

How to Become a Herding Judge

The judges training content of the program is facilitated by the Herding Committee and run by Kate Dourley  

The following information is designed to help you understand the requirements and assist trainee judges in sourcing the information needed.

Dogs Australia Regulations – Judges Training

The Judges Training Program is conducted under Dogs Australia Regulations and is a national scheme. Please click here to download the national Judges Code of Practice and Conduct.

The regulations can be sourced, downloaded and/or printed by clicking here 

Information for Prospective Trainees

Some of the requirements include:

  • Minimum five year continuous membership of Dogs Victoria
  • Be over the age of 18 years
  • Reside in Victoria
  • Be approved by the Dogs Victoria


Applicants must have:

  • Trained and qualified a dog in instinct, herding test and pre-trial tests
  • Acted as scribe and stock handler for at least three instinct, herding and pre-trial tests
  • Attended a lecture on the herding rules for tests within 12 months prior to application

Method of Education (Self Education) 

Trainees will be required to:

  • Educate themselves by being conversant with the Dogs Victoria Rules and Regulations
  • Attend all lectures and tutorials and practical training sessions
  • Attend practical training days
  • Study the Rules for the Conduct of Herding Trials

Written Examinations and Practical Assessments

Examination papers shall consist of short multi-choice and/or mix and match questions. A trainee must pass the written examination in order to undertake the practical assessment. Written assessments require a 75% pass mark.

Want to know more?

Visit here to view the Dogs Victoria Herding Judges Training Scheme.

For more information on how you can become a Dogs Victoria Herding Judge contact the chairperson of the Herding Committee 

Please click on the following link for more information about the sport of Herding.