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Helper Program

Helper Program

Lodge Trial Helper Record
Lodge Trial Helper Record
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Lodge Trial Helper Record

For Trial Helpers only. Please submit an electronic record of your trial helper work.

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Trial & Teacher Helpers

Trial Helpers & Teachers

Helper Seminar and/or Certification Notification
Helper Seminar Notification
Helper Seminars

Helper Seminar/Certification Notification

For Clubs only. Please provide at least 4 weeks notification.

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Helper Seminars

Helper Seminars are different from WGSDCA Helper Workshops.

Helper Workshops DO NOT count towards a potential Helper License.

The purpose of the WGSDCA Helper Program is to educate helpers and increase the number of Trial Helpers who can correctly and safely execute the Part C Exercises performed at WGSDCA Working Trial Events.

The Seminars will include topics such as, but not limited to, appropriate testing of dogs in Trial events; safety, and being in control and selflessness by a Trial Helper; development of understanding the temperament and drives of the dogs being assessed at a Trial event; and the importance of the Helper’s role in assisting the Judge to evaluate the dogs entered in an event.

Attendance at a least 3 WGSDCA Helper Seminars is a prerequisite for a Helper License Evaluation request.

Who and by Whom

The Helper Seminars hosted by a WGSDCA Club.

They are run by a Teaching Helper(s) and may also involve an international Guest Trial Teaching Helper, subject to WGSDCA BOM approval.


You may participate as a spectator or as an active participant - in which case you should expect to be asked to organise a suitable dog. The hosting Club should not be expected to provide a suitable number of dogs for a Helper Seminar.

A Participation Certificate including name, affiliation, date, hosting Club and signed by Teacher Helper must be provided to all participants.

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The WGSDCA Helper Evaluation Test


A WGSDCA Club  must submit a Notification Authorization request to the WGSDCA Office (by email).


Helper Evaluations serve as a vital instrument to meet the objectives of the IGP Trial Helper Curriculum. Helper Evaluation Tests assess a Helper's attainment, or lack thereof, of the skills necessary to correctly and safely perform the sleeve-work at WGSDCA working trials. The Evaluation Test is part of the education process. It tests the helpers and provide them with an opportunity to receive constructive comments about their performance during simulated trial conditions.


Helper Evaluation Tests are presided over by a WGSDCA recognised judge and/or Teaching Helper.

Helper Evaluation Tests are open to individuals fulfilling the following prerequisites

  1. Subscribe to individual WGSDCA membership and a member of a WGSDCA Club Affiliate;

  2. Minimum age of 18 years;

  3. Provide a General Health certificate from a GP, and;

  4. Provide proof of attending at least 3 WGSDCA Helper Seminars.

The Helper Evaluation Test includes evaluation of an IGP1 and IGP3 Phase C routine as well as passing a written test.

Helper Licensing | Cross License

A participant who successfully passes the written test and attains the sufficient gradings from the practical assessment is eligible to apply for a WGSDCA Trial Helper License by means of submitting the form below.

Helpers licensed under another Australian IGP organisation may apply for a WGSDCA Trial Helper license if meeting the following criteria:

  • Financial member of the WGSDCA, and;

  • Min. 18 years of age, and;

  • Proof of  Trial helper participation from at least three (3) IGP trial events, and;

  • Passed the WGSDCA Written Helper Evaluation Test and awarded a 'competent' grading in the practical examination.

Helper License
Helper Evaluation Test
Helper License Application
Trial helper Certification Application Form
Proof of 3 WGSDCA Helper Seminar Attendances
Helper Waiver Form
GP Certificate
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Application for Helper License & Passport

For WGSDCA membership only and who have attended at least 3 WGSDCA Helper Seminars.

The following documents need to be completed prior to submitting a Helper License Application:

  1. WGSDCA Helper Waiver (HERE)

  2. Application WGSDCA Trial Helper Certification (HERE)

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