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Evaluator showing sit command at a CGC class.

For Evaluators

The Canine Good Citizen program wouldn’t be possible without you, our dedicated CGC Evaluators. If you’re a returning Evaluator, explore our resources section for your one-stop-shop for any CGC needs.

Evaluator at a CGC class.

Become an Evaluator

If you’ve fallen in love with the CGC program and want to help other dog owners experience what it’s like to have a blossoming, positive relationship with their dog, you’re in the right place. 

To become an AKC CGC Approved Evaluator, you need to meet a few basic qualifications: 

  • 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 basic qualifications, you can submit the AKC CGC Approved Evaluator application and $110 application fee. If you have any questions on the application, drop us a note at  

Once your application is approved, you will receive your AKC CGC Approved Evaluator packet! It will include:

  • An Approved Evaluator certificate
  • A personalized wallet card
  • Monthly CGC Approved Evaluator eNewsletters

As an Approved Evaluator, your certificate is valid for a two-year period. At the end of two years, you’ll need to complete a short renewal application.