Becoming a Scent Work Judge

How to Become a Scent Work Judge

The judges training content of the program is facilitated by the Scent Work Committee chaired by Judy Pillenger 

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 for scent work judges training scheme can be sourced, downloaded and/or printed by clicking here 


Information for Prospective Trainees

Some of the requirements include:

  • Three year continuous membership of Dogs Victoria
  • Current financial member of Dogs Victoria
  • Be over eighteen years of age
  • Reside in Victoria
  • Have trained, competed with and titled a dog to scent work excellent level
  • Have experience in related club or training activities, whether in scent work or another Dogs Australia discipline
  • Been approved by Dogs Victoria

Method of Education (Self Education)

Trainees will be required to:

  • Educate themselves by being conversant with the Dogs Victoria Rules and Regulations relevant to scent work trials
  • Attend 80% of lectures and practical training sessions
  • Undertake practice judging at the relevant level under the supervision of an approved trainer
  • Undertake stewarding or time keeping responsibilities at a minimum of three sanctioned scent work trials
  • Study the Rules for the Conduct of Scent Work Trials
  • tests

Written Examinations and Practical Assessments

Examination papers shall comprise of short answer questions and/or multi-choice questions. The minimum pass mark is 80% for both sections of the examination.



Want to know more?

Visit here to view the Dogs Victoria Scent Work Judges Training Scheme.

Click here to see the application to participate in the Scent Work judges training scheme. 

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

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