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CGC: Become a CGC Evaluator

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program is rapidly becoming recognized as the standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Canine Good Citizen® resolutions have been passed by 48 state legislatures and the United States Senate, insurance companies are starting to use CGC® to insure breeds they would not otherwise insure, and some condominium associations around the country now require that all dogs in the complex have earned the Canine Good Citizen® award. The AKC recognizes the importance of the CGC® Program and we are committed to its continued growth and resulting impact on responsible dog ownership. Due to the increasing significance of the program, we are introducing some exciting new changes that will increase the experience, training, and knowledge of CGC® Evaluators. Here are the new steps to becoming an AKC CGC® Approved Evaluator:

  • Make sure you meet the minimum qualifications before starting the application process.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have at least 2 years of experience working with owners and their dogs
  • Have experience working with a variety of breeds and sizes of dogs
  • Must not be currently suspended from AKC privileges

If you meet the minimum qualifications, submit the AKC CGC® APPROVED EVALUATOR APPLICATION online. After you submit your application it will be reviewed by AKC and you will be notified via email if your application has been approved, denied or more information is required. Once your application is approved, you will receive your AKC CGC® Approved Evaluator packet.

You will also receive:

  • An Approved Evaluator certificate
  • A personalized identification badge
  • Monthly electronic issues of “CGC® Approved Evaluator News

Your CGC Evaluator approval is valid for a two-year period. At the end of two years, you will be asked to complete a short renewal application (updating your contact information).

The new process includes an application fee of $100 that is good for two years. After the initial application, as long as you keep your evaluator status current, the fee to rev=new every two years is renewal form is online at

The CGC Evaluator application and renewal fees are for processing and once approved, are nonrefundable. We are looking forward to working with you and receiving your application soon!


For more information about the enhanced evaluator program, visit CGC FAQ’s.

The Canine Good Citizen Program is sponsored by Geico