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How to Become a Conformation Judge

  • Do you have a passion for learning more about canine anatomy, your Breed and/or other Breeds?
  • Do you enjoy learning about the history, origins, purpose and function of different breeds and understanding and applying Breed Standards?
  • Have you thought about Judging Dogs?
  • Do you have a clear understanding of the skills needed?
  • Do you know where to begin?
    • Where to find the rules and regulations?
    • What criteria do you need to meet?
The following information is designed to help you understand the requirements and assist Aspiring and Trainee Judges in sourcing the information needed.

The Judges Training Program is conducted under Dogs Australia Regulations and is a National scheme.
Please click here to download the National Judges' Codes of Practice and Conduct.
The Regulations can be sourced, downloaded and/or printed by clicking here


Every Breed has an official Dogs Australia Breed Standard and these can be sourced via the Dogs Australia website


Aspirant – Member enrolled in the Entrance Program that is called the Aspiring Learning Program.

Trainee – Member who has completed the Aspiring Program and is enrolled in a Breed/Group Training Program


Before applying to become a TRAINEE JUDGE, members need to complete the ASPIRING LEARNING PROGRAM.

Applications for this Program close in November each year and the requirements must be completed BEFORE applying.  Applications for Aspiring Program can be found here

Some of the requirements include;

  • 8 years Membership of Dogs Victoria
  • Bred at least 3 registered litters
  • Bred at least 2 Champions
  • Minimum of 6 Stewarding appointments with completed and signed Stewards card (Please see 'Forms' section on Trainee Judges Program page here)

The Dogs Victoria Aspiring Program is amongst the most innovative and esteemed Entrance Programs within Judges Training and many of the lectures are now being utilised by other Member Bodies throughout Australia and overseas.

The program includes;

  • Anatomy
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Ethics and Responsibility
  • Construction for Function
  • Gait and Movement for Function
  • Understanding Standards
  • Critiquing
  • Ringcraft Theory
  • Ringcraft Practical tuition

The Aspiring Program is completed over 1 year with the following approx. timeline;

  • Lectures – January – July
  • Theory Examination – July
  • Practical Assessment – August
  • Group Entrance Examination – September

If you have any questions regarding this Program please contact;

Cathy Camac    
Mobile: 0415 990 4225

For more information, including the trainee manual, application and program dates, forms and group co-ordinator contact details, click on the Conformation - Trainee Judges Program page.