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The Judging Seminar, Judge's Exam and Judge's ConEd

Valley Verde Fairgrounds
Cottonwood, AZ
June 10-13, 2017

The name of the hands-on testing session for potential judges is the Judging Exam (JE). The next JE will be held during the 2017 NPGA National Convention in Cottonwood, AZ. Anyone who wants to learn more about how pygmy goats are judged may attend to observe and help handle goats. Candidates for judging licenses must (1) be NPGA members in good standing; (2) be at least 18 years old; and (3) be on time for and attend both days of the JE. All candidates to take the training and test classes at the JE must have taken and passed the written test and pre-register with the current JTC Chair on or before April 18, 2017. A minimum amount of 4 judge candidates must have met the requirements set forth in 10.B.1 (Rules & Regs) in order to facilitate the clinic/exam. If the minimum of 4 is not met, the clinic/exam will not be held.

The written test includes true-and-false, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice questions. To be a candidate, you must take the written test on or before March 3, 2017 and have passed the written test on or before April 6, 2017. You need to arrange a time and place with a licensed NPGA judge or current NPGA director to proctor your written test. Then contact the JTC Chair immediately so (he/she) will have time to mail your test to that judge/director. When you have taken the written test, the judge/NPGA director will mail it back to the JTC Chair for grading, and she/he will notify you of your score. If necessary, you can retake the written test no less than 10 days apart.

Judging Clinic - $100 - Saturday June 10 & Sunday June 11 - Judge candidates are required to complete the official two-day NPGA Judging Clinic immediately prior to taking the Judging Exam. Each day will start at 8:00AM
Practical Test - $200 - Monday, June 12 - The day will start at 8:00AM with registration for candidates. The first test class for candidates will follow the registration process as well as a brief explanation of the testing process. Breaks and lunch will be announced during the day.
Practical Test Day Two -Tuesday, June 13 - The starting time for the rest of the test classes will be provided on the first day. Judging licenses will be presented to qualified candidates at the end of the testing process.

The written test and the JE test classes are based on the information provided in the Judging Manual (revised January 2014) Rules & Regs, Current Show Rules. The manual is available from NPGA Merchandising for $10 plus shipping charges. There is a merchandise order form at the back of this MEMO or you can order the handbook on the NPGA website at: http://www.npga-pygmy.com (use the Shop NPGA link at the top of the page to get to the NPGA Merchandise site). Observers /auditors will not be tested, but will learn more if they have also studied this manual before they attend the JE. 

Written Test $50 each time taken, Judge Candidates Judging Clinic $100, Practical Test for judge candidates $200 
Auditors of Candidates Judging Clinic $100

For JE questions, contact the Judges Training Committee chairperson at the phone number, email address, listed on NPGA website or in MEMO. Current JTC chair is Linda Colville, cell phone 541-331-2257 or email dspygmy@yahoo.com.

See the 2017 Convention ad in MEMO or on the NPGA website for information about accommodations or showground facilities.