To become involved in MCA Judging, here is a current description:
-Assuming you have never been to a National show, attend a couple Nationals and ask to be an assistant judge at the judges meeting. Assistant judges do not have to be certified. Basically, you follow around the judging team and observe the judging, you may be asked to write the deductions on the judging sheets. Writing is highly recommended so you become familiar with the sheets.
-If you like judging and want to continue, then you can become a certified judge by passing a written test. There's a written test for each class(es) you would like to judge. Usually the corresponding assistant national head judge or former ANHJ has written the test. Currently, Joe Odine, MCA ANHJ for 4th/5th Generation is the test administrator. You request the test from him and then send it back to him when it's done. He will then either grade it himself or send it to the appropriate ANHJ for grading. If you pass the test, you become a certified judge indefinitely and get a certified judge card.
-If you still want to continue further and become a Gold Card Judge, the process is a little different (at least as I know it now). I'll describe how I go through the Gold Card Judge process. First, I like for you to judge at least 5-6 National shows as a certified judge. Once you do that, communicate with me that you want to become a Gold Card Judge. For me, I no longer require 2 recommendation letters from other Gold Card Judges. What I will do at this point is either judge with you personally or put you with a Gold Card Judge for evaluation. After 1 or 2 times of this, I would make the determination of whether or not you should be a Gold Card Judge. If I think you're ready, I will recommend you to the National Head Judge and the Head Judge will issue a card and certificate. If not, then I would give feedback on areas you need to improve on and we could re-evaluate the next show season. Once you become a Gold Card, it's good for 5 years and you must attend at least 1 National Show a year to maintain your GC status. When you are a GC Judge, you are the lead judge on a team and can judge alone if necessary(Certified judges cannot judge without a GC Judge). If there is a disagreement, you have the authority to have the final word. You are viewed more as an ambassador of MCA and expected to maintain a professional, positive and educational judging experience to the owner and other judges.