The Kennel Club has introduced breed education co-ordinators (known as BEC) for every breed. These are administrative roles which co-ordinate all points of breed-specific education and support for judges. These co-ordinating roles are held on behalf of the breed clubs in order to support the breed club obligations under the Judges’ Education Programme (Breed Shows) for the education and training of judges.
The aim of the Judges’ Education Programme (Breed Shows) Breed Appreciation Days (and subsequent multiple-choice breed standard examination) is to educate individuals interested in the breed, whether they are exhibitors, aspiring judges or breeders, and provide them with the information to make informed decisions to preserve and safeguard the breed.
The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Breed Education Coordinator (BEC) is Christine Schofield firstname.lastname@example.org
Breed Appreciation Day
All breed clubs are required to hold a ‘Breed Appreciation Day’ (BAD) at least every two years from 1 January 2021. Clubs may combine efforts to stage such events with other breed clubs, if necessary
JEP Level progression
Briefly the detail for each level is:
Level 1 Judge
- Minimum of 5 years proven interest in pedigree dogs
- Attended a Kennel Club Requirements of a Dog Show Judge seminar (but not mandatory to take and pass examination).
- Attended a Kennel Club Conformation and Movement seminar.
- Complete a minimum of 2 full day stewarding appointments .
A JEP Level 1 judge can only judge up to 3 classes (4 if one is a Puppy class) for any breed at Limited or Open Shows.
Level 2 Judge
- Take and pass Requirements of a Dog Show Judge examination
- Pass Points of a Dog assessment
- Attended a Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) and pass a Multiple Choice Examination (MCE) for the respective breed.
- View ring stewarding seminar and take online quiz
- Complete critique writing seminar and take online quiz.
- Attend a Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) and pass a Multiple Choice Examination (MCE) for each breed. Note: Not mandatory for Group Judge for breeds in the group that they are not approved at Level 4, but attendance strongly recommended.
A JEP Level 2 judge can judge
- Unlimited number of classes for the respective breed at Limited, Open or Championship Shows (no CC’s).
- Any Variety Classes, Groups and Best in Show Limited Shows.
- Undergo minimum of 3 mentoring sessions with a minimum of 12 months between first and third session
- Be observed judging at a breed club show, breed supported entry show or championship show without CCs.
- Have achieved the relevant hands-on experience in line with the stated requirements for the relevant Stud Book Band
- Complete remaining 10 days full day stewarding appointments (one-time qualification)
- Have owned/bred a minimum of 3 dogs when the obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book – save for exceptional circumstances. (one-time qualification in which a judge awards CC’s).
- Attended the appropriate sub-group Field Trial/Open Gundog Working Test for first gundog breed or Ring Procedure at Licensed Shows (German Shepherd Dog Education Programme online exam (one time qualification)
A JEP Level 3 judge can judge:
- Unlimited number of classes for the respective breed at Limited, Open or Championship Shows (no CC’s)
- Any Variety classes Group and Best in Show at Limited Show
Level 4 – CC Judge
- Attend and passed a Breed Specific Assessment for the specific breed run by the Kennel Club
A level 4 Judge can judge:
- Award Challenge Certificates in that respective breed.
- Any Variety classes, Groups and Best in Show at Open and Limited Shows
Level 5 – Group Judge
Once a judge has awarded CCs to 30% of the breeds in a group they may apply to become a JEP Level 5 judge (Group Judge).
JEP Level 5 judges can register as a JCF Level 2 judge for all breeds within that group without attendance at a Breed Appreciation Day although they are encouraged to do so.
Once a JEP Level 5 judge has awarded CCs to 75% of the breeds in that group the Judges Committee has discretion to award JEP Level 4 status to the judge for the remaining breeds in that group.
Level 6 – Best in Show Judge
Once a judge has judged three different groups they can apply to become a JEP Level 6 judge (BIS judge).
Level 7 – all-breeds Judge
There will be a small number of ‘all breeds’ judges. They will be approved to award CCs in all breeds recognised by the Kennel Club, and approved to judge all groups at general and group championship shows. They will have judged BIS, six of the seven groups and a significant number of breeds at CC level.