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The Kennel Club Judges Education Programme ( JEP )


JEP In the spring of 2017 the Kennel Club announced a new system for the education, approval and listing of every level of judge, from those who aspire to judge, right through to open show judges and those who go on to award Challenge Certificates and judge championship show groups and best in show. This is now known as the Judges Education programme (JEP).

The JEP formally started in January 2020 on a phased basis, and runs alongside the current judging system for a three-year transition period.

Breed clubs will remain responsible for providing breed-specific education, and the JEP will also require judges to undergo mentoring and ringside observation. Breed clubs will be required to support this activity and to work with the Kennel Club to facilitate organising Breed Competence Assessments.

The English Setter JJC was one of the Pilot Breeds for JEP. Two Breed Appreciation Days (BADs) were held in 2018 and a further BAD is being planned for 2021/22.
Mentoring of judges who meet the JCF Level 2 requirements started in April 2018 and is progressing at a significant pace with more than 20 judges currently going through the mentoring process.

More details about the new JEP system can be found at;

Judging Education Programme (Breed Shows) Link to KC site for JEP

List of JEP mentors for English Setters Link to KC site for JEP

List of JEP Observers for English Setters Link to KC site for JEP

Breed Education Co-ordinator – Steve Collier: