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Schedule for Advanced Judging Institutes (PDF)

  • Judges Education Webinars +

    Judging Operations in collaboration with AKC’s Education department is offering breed-specific judges education webinars presented by parent club approved presenters. In addition, presentations on topical matters such as application qualifications and judging procedures and policies will be offered.

    Webinars will be approximately 90 minutes in length and are open to all.  During the webinars, you will be able to ask questions and participate in engagement activities.  Attendance of a breed specific webinar may be submitted as an educational credit for future application of that breed (1 CEU).

    Attendees are expected to be present and engaged for the entire webinar to receive credit.  Reporting from the webinar host will be provided to the Judging Operations department.  To register for a webinar please click on the link below.

    No other webinars scheduled at this time.  Parent clubs interested in coordinating a webinar in their breed should contact the Judging Operations Department at

  • AKC/DJAA Advanced Judges Institute for Hound and Non-Sporting Breeds +

    Presented by the American Kennel Club and Dog Judges Association of America
    Held in Conjunction with the AKC National Championship
    Orange County Convention Center – North/South Building
    9899 International Drive; Orlando, Florida 32819
    December 13-16, 2022

    Cost $450. (*Individual seminars charged at $50 up to $450) *See note re: Coonhound Comparison on  registration form

    Pre-registration deadline November 16, 2022.  No refunds after November 16, 2022.  

    To view the seminar schedule and/or enroll to attend CLICK HERE.

    Please know that all participants of the Advanced Institute will be required to adhere to all state, local, facility and event guidelines as related to COVID-19 that may be in effect at the time.  Any specific guidelines that may be in place will be provided at a later time and will be subject to change.


  • The AKC Institute for Aspiring and Newly Approved Judges (Basic Institute) - Conformation and Junior Showmanship +

    Registration for Basic Institute will close 7 days prior to the start date. TO REGISTER – Make sure you go through all steps until you see “THANK YOU” and a transaction number is issued. This is your receipt and indicates you have completed your registration. Any questions or issues please call 919-816-3862

    2022 Dates and Locations 

    2023 Dates and Locations 

    • Saturday, April 15, 2023 – Perry, GA – in-conjunction with the Peach Blossom Cluster of Dog Shows
    • Saturday, June 3, 2023 – Longmont, CO – in-conjunction with the Flatirons Kennel Club show
    • Saturday, July 29, 2023 – Waukesha, WI – in-conjunction with the Waukesha Kennel Club show
    • Saturday, October 28, 2023 – Dixon, CA – in-conjunction with the Sacramento Valley Dog Fanciers Association show
    • Saturday, November 11, 2023 – Syracuse, NY – in-conjunction with the Onondaga Kennel Association show

    On-line registration will be available once the enrollment links have been added for each respective offering.  Links are active when the date and location appears in blue.  All links should be posted in early January 2023.

    Please contact contact Judging Operations at with any questions.  

  • General Information for Judges Education Coordinators (JEC's) +

    The AKC’s Judging Operations Department is a great resource in assisting parent clubs through the process of developing an effective Judge’s breed education program.  Kathy Caruana, AKC in-house Judge’s Education Coordinator, is available for advice, direction and information.   

    As required in the Board-approved Judging Approval Process, seminars and workshops must meet AKC criteria for credit (see criteria located in the reports and guides link below).  Upon completion of seminars and seminars with hands-on workshops the presenter, club or host organization must submit the required forms (see Forms & Guidelines below) to the Judging Operations Department to allow attendees’ records to be updated and credited accordingly. To post seminars to the AKC Seminar page, please use the form provided, located under the Introduction link below.

    Institutes, seminars and workshops must be accessible to the American Kennel Club staff including the Executive Field Staff.

    Reports and Guides

Listing a Seminar

  • To list a Conformation Seminar +

    Download the form below or you may contact:
    Kathleen Caruana, Judging Operations Department
    phone: (919) 816-3862
    fax: (919) 816-4225
    Seminar Announcement Form (this form allows you to save onto your computer, complete and submit to Judging Operations)

  • To list an Obedience, Agility or Tracking Seminar +

    Please contact:
    Companion Events
    phone: 919-816-3575

  • To list a Performance Seminar +

    Please contact:
    AKC Performance Judges Department
    phone: 919-816-3904
    fax: 919-816-3905