The Judges Competency Framework (JCF) has entered
an exciting new phase with the launch of a Requirements of a Dog Show
Judge (RDSJ) refresher exam, as well as a stewarding assessment, both
of which have been added online to the Kennel Club Academy.
This latest development heralds the start of the
JCF, which is a matter of months away, making it imperative that
judges be prepared for this revolutionary new way of educating,
assessing and listing judges in the UK.
A dedicated team of JCF staff will be on the main
Kennel Club stand in hall 3 at Crufts where judges of all levels are
being encouraged to ask about the JCF and especially these latest
developments. Judges will be able to pick up an updated detailed
guide to the JCF from the stand.
Existing CC judges and those who have already
passed the main RDSJ exam are strongly encouraged to take this
refresher exam online to meet their JCF obligation to pass this exam
every five years. Taking the exam on the KC Academy is convenient and
straightforward especially as it can be taken in the comfort of
ones own home.
The exam is based on the accompanying film, as well
as on Kennel Club regulations and the Code of Best Practice for
Judges and Ring Stewards. There is also a mock RDSJ exam on the
Kennel Club Academy, which candidates can use as an educational tool.
In both cases, the exams are compiled at random from a bank of questions.
Existing CC judges, if they do not aspire to be
passed for an additional CC breed or breeds, have up until 31st
December 2023 to pass an RDSJ exam. It is possible for judges to take
this refresher exam now, although it must be borne in mind that the
new computer system which will provide judges with their online
personal account will not go live until the latter half of 2019.
For new judges working their way towards JCF Level
1 approval, there is now a ring stewarding film and accompanying
multiple choice exam to pass. The exam is based on the content of the
film, as well as Kennel Club regulations and the Code of Best
Practice for Judges and Ring Stewards. What is learnt here will then
be put to practical use as new judges must also complete six full
days of stewarding. It is recommended that this incorporates a number
of tasks within the stewarding role and is undertaken at various
types of show.
Anyone who has previously met the Level 1 criteria,
or is an existing CC judge, need not take the multiple-choice
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said:
These latest online developments point to the fact that the JCF
is almost upon us. It is very important that judges ensure that they
are ready for when the JCF begins, which is why specialist staff will
be on hand to answer questions at Crufts. We would urge judges to
come along and find out more about these new online exams. We are
confident that with the film and refresher exam being available via
the KC Academy judges will appreciate the convenience of being able
to complete this task in the comfort of their own home.
An updated detailed guide to the JCF is available
at bit.ly/2GSrxkU and paper copies will be available on the main
Kennel Club stand in hall 3 at Crufts.
To access the Kennel Club Academy, please go to www.kcacademy.org.uk.
The Kennel Club has a designated JCF email address
to which all JCF enquiries should be directed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.