Judges regulations

Judges regulations Foundation International Independent Cat Judges


Exam committee:

President  Mr. P.J. Peters ,                 International Allbreed Judge

Secretary  Mr. J. Peters                       International Allbreed Judge

Treasurer Ms. C. Kleinendorst,      International Allbreed Judge

The exam committee is entitled to make decisions that deviate from these regulations under exceptional circumstances.

An International judge, is a judges that has judged in at least 4 different countries. If this condition is not met, they are not a national judge.

Explanation of how to do exams:

Examination is conducted by at least two qualified judges. Judges who oversee the exams must have at least two years experience in that specific breed or variety, in which the exam is being taken. Also the overseeing judges must have judged at least four times, on an international cat show, in the breed or variety that the exam is being taken in.

Exams can be taken on an international cat show that is being held by a cat associations that is recognized by the exam committee.

To be a student judge these conditions must be met first:

Student judge exam The candidate must, before taking the student judge exam is taken, be subject to the following conditions:

  1. The candidate must be at least 18 years old. 2. the candidate must have at least three years breeding experience with pedigree cats. 3. the candidate must have at least 10 original stewarding certificates, which the candidate has obtained within a period of at least one year, under a minimum of five different judges.

Content student judge exam: This exam is the same for student judges in the categories in shorthair,- semi longhair,- and longhair breeds.

This exam contains thirty questions on the general knowledge of cats. The questions must answered in writing, under he supervision of two qualified judges, without using reference books. The time limit for this exam is 90 minutes. The candidate has failed if less then 70% is achieved. With less than 80% yet more than 70% of the total result, the examiners can ask for an oral explanation. If this is satisfactory, the certificate can be issued.

Theoretical exam of a breed group: The candidate must be at least 21 years old.

With the first theoretical exam, 10 steward certificates must be presented, that were obtained from a minimum of five different judges on an international cat show.

On the student certificate, if possible, it must state the breed and number of cats that have been judged. For an exam of a large breed group, there must be between 60-80 cats of that breed that have been judged. With small breed groups the number of cats is decided by the exam committee.

The candidate must obtain at least 5 original student certificates, from a minimum of three different judges, of the specific breed group in which the exam is being taken.

Applications for an exam must be submitted in writing at least 6 weeks prior to the exam, to the exam committee and the relevant cat association where they wish to take the exam. All required certificates need to be send to the exam committee. The exam committee needs to be informed with which cat association the exam is to be taken.

The theoretical exam contains 20-25 questions about the fenotype and the breed standard of the breed for which the exam is being taken. The time limit for the exam is 80 minutes.

The candidate has failed if less then 70% is achieved. With less than 80% yet more than 70% of the total result, the examiners can ask for an oral explanation. If this is satisfactory the certificate can be issued.


Practical exam for a breed group The candidate must have passed the theoretical exam for that specific breed group/variety, prior to taking the practical exam.

A practical exam must always be held in the judges room at an international cat show. A candidate is being assessed on how he/she handles the cats and applies the standard.

Content of the practical exam:
1. In order to assess that the candidate can apply the standard without using reference books.
2. Place the cats in the correct order according to standard.
3. be able to support their decisions.
4. be able to write a judging report in correct Dutch or in their own native language, providing there is a judge present that can read/write/understand that language.

The candidate has to take the practical exam in the manner as written below: parallel judging with the two exam judges. The candidate writes report on all cats that are being used in the exam. The cats must be defined by colour, so the reports are being given by the cat association without colour description.

Next to that, the candidate must make a list of nominations of the judged cats, for best variety, best in show and best of best. The reports are being compared with the reports of the examining judges, that have judged these cats. Then follows a discussion with the 2 examining judges, if necessary with the judged cats present. The candidate can have a different opinion, but must be able to support their decision. During the exam a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 25 cats should be judged. For breeds that do not meet the required number, the exam committee will decide.

If the candidate fails the practical exam, he/she must obtain 2 new student certificates in that specific breed, dated after the failed exam. Re-examination can be held after two month after the failure of the previous exam.

After failing three times for the practical exam, the theoretical exam for that breed must be taken again.

The candidate must have a minimum of three months between exams for different breeds.

An exam can be taken in a different country, but must meet the minimum number of cats required. In Germany with a cat association that is affiliated with Catcollect, WACC.  In Belgium with the BCF. In France associated with LOOF. Or an other association recognized by the exam committee.

Breed groups in which exams can be done: Persian longhair/Exotic shorthair, Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest cat, Siberian cat/Neva Masquerade, Ragdoll/Sacret Birman, Turkish Angora/Turkish Van, Brittish shorthair/Brittish longhair, Chartreux, Abessinians/Somali, Oriental shorthair/Oriental longhair/Siamese/Balinese/Seychellois shorthair and longhair/Thai, Russian blue/Nebelung/Korat, Burmese/Tonkanese/Singapura/Asian(including Bombay,Burmilla,Tiffany)/Tibetan, Scottish Fold/Highland Fold/Japanse Bobtail shorthair and longhair/American Curl shorthair and longhair, Bengal shorthair and semi longhair/Ocicat/Egyptian Mau, Devon Rex/Cornish Rex/Selkirk Rex/Sphynx/Don Sphynx/Peterbald

Code of honour:

  • Judges at all times judge according to the standards and conditions of the cat. Judges personal preferences should not influence their decision.
  • Judges should not show their own cats on a show where they are judging or involved in the running of the show. Also they may not show where their partner or house mate is judging.
  • If a judge judges cats from their own cattery, they must not indicate this to exhibitors and/or fellow judges.
  • Judges decide on their own opinion and are not influenced by exhibitors or the show board.
  • Judges accept and respect the decisions of their fellow judges. Also they must not give an opinion to a third party if the cats is not judged by them.
  • Judges and student judges must be aware of their contribution towards the successful progress and survival of cat shows. They should always conduct themselves in an appropriate manner to ensure the reputation of the judges guild.
    • Judges and student judges should not enter the penning area of the exhibitors, until after the best in show.

.     Judges are not supposed to solicit judging engagements.

.     Judges are not allowed to take exams from partners, house mates or relatives.

If at a best in show, a breed is present, that the judge is not qualified to judge, he/she may not vote in that best in show series.

.     A board member of a cat association can not take an exam, om a cat show organised by that association.

New candidates that apply to become a cat, are required to sign a declaration, that he/she complies with the above regulations and code of honour.

Tips and what the association where the exam is being held must do themselves.

An international judge is one who has judged in at least four different countries. If this requirement is not met, then they are a national judge.

A cat association should ask the judge whether he/she agrees to a student judge and for what breeds.

To make the theoretical exam as transparent as possible, the 2 qualified judges must be present in the judging area during the theoretical exam. These judges can also confirm that no references are being consulted. They can also monitor that there is no contact with third parties, owners or exhibitors of the cats to be judged.

Theoretical exam:

Provide the questions and 2 qualified judges to monitor the exam. A good time schedule for the exam is to begin at 8.30 then there is 1½ hour time until 10.00. After that immediately check the exam.

If the candidate is successful the cat association where the theoretical exam is being held must provide a certificate containing the logo of that cat associations, the location and date of the cat show, the name of the candidate that does the exam, the breed in which the exam has taken place. The certificate can then be signed by the chairman of that cat association and the 2 qualified judges that have overseen the exam.

If the candidate has passed the theoretical exam, the practical exam can begin together with the regular judging.

Practical exam:

Supply 20-25 reports for the cats, without colour description, if this is possible with a computer program, leave all the other data on the reports, like: breed, class and gender. Provide a competent steward, that will take the cats from the exhibitor to the examinee. By exception, any difficult cat can be presented by the owner. The club must insure that no unrelated persons are present at the exam table, so that the candidate can work in peace.

If there are duplicate copies of the reports, the judge must retain them for comparison with the exam. If there are no report copies, the secretariat must keep aside the reports of the exam cats, so that the exam judges have access to them to check the exam. .

The cat association must ensure that a certificate is available in case that the candidate is successful. The certificate must contain the logo of that cat association, the location and date of the cat show, the name of the candidate that does the exam, the breed in which the exam has taken place. The certificate can then be signed by the chairman of that cat association and the 2 qualified judges that have overseen the exam.


Bothe examining judges must themselves judge at least some of the cats that are being used for the exam. There can also be cats in the exam, that have been judged by other judges. Those judges must give permission to use their reports for the exam.

A board member of the cat association can not take an exam on it’s own cat show.