Rise to your Responsibility – DCI Judge Program 2008

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The letter T!he DCI Judge Certification Program is continuing to improve itself. In the last phase we aimed "...for online recertification requiring retesting, targeted articles on penalty theory, aids for judges running events, training seminars at Professional events, electronic submission of judge review, and more..." and we got most and more of it accomplished and put into practice.
Now, we are turning our focus on level 2 judges.

The existing definition of a level 2 judge includes this summary:

Level 2s are the Area judges who want more than the local scene and desire to see tournaments run to a higher standard. They operate in a county or state level and with experience can run Qualifier events, support Grand Prix, Championship, and Pro Tour level events. They are willing to travel, train others, organize events, score keep, work with local stores to improve tournaments and are aware of the premiere level programs of Organized Play.

The emphasis in that last sentence is a key to understanding this announcement. We have always asked that level 2 judges help grow the program by working with new judge candidates, and preparing them for their level 1 test. Now, continuing with our emphasis on mentorship, we are extending to the level 2 community the opportunity to provide testing a level one candidate for certification directly.

Clarification of level 2 expectations and responsibilities will, of course, require some changes. We will review all level 2 judges on their ability and interest to maintain their level. Those who pass a renewal exam, undergo a review by a level 3 or higher judge, and still meet tournament activity requirements will maintain level 2 and gain the ability to test new judges for level 1 at the completion of the renewal period. Both the renewal test and review will be made available online to remote area level 2 judges. Those level 2 judges who do not feel they can comply with the "train others" expectation are encouraged to continue their contributions as a level 1 judge.

This alteration to level 2 responsibilities is not to be confused with the leadership expectation on level three judges. This new expectation is that, if approached, a level 2 is capable of helping an individual interested in certification prepare, in order to meet the requirements set for level one judge. Guidelines to help level 2s on what to look for in candidates will be released in the future as part of this initiative. The basic expectations for mentorship for level 2s are detailed below.

A level 2 judge's expectations will now include:

  1. Direct a candidate towards the materials and experiences outlined in the article "How to Become a Certified Judge."
  2. Assist the candidate in step 2 of that process (Mentor under a local judge) by contacting the judges local to the candidate, or working with the candidate directly and acting as liaison with any organizers involved.
  3. Assist the candidate in step 3 (Rules, Policy, Procedures) either directly or by pointing out resources for the candidate to use - including pointing out that Rules Advisors have access to MTGRules-L.
  4. And once this new phase begins, perform step 4 (Certification: Interview, Observe, and Test) themselves (instead of referring to a level 3).

Guidelines for what constitutes a good candidate for level one will be released as part of this initiative. Renewal exams for level 2 will begin in April. Level 2 judges will have two attempts to pass this test within a 6 month timeline (after a 2 month wait period), or continue as level 1 beyond October. Once this review period has ended, level 2 judges will be granted the ability to create level 1 certification tests through the Judge Center.

Judges promoted to level 2 on or after 1 January 2008, and level 2 judges granted Trainer status, will not be required to undergo this review.

Any level 2 judges who fail to pass in this period may petition a level 3 to create a final renewal exam for them, until end of 2008, at the discretion of the level 3. Note that level 3 judges should be personally familiar with the candidate before creating such a renewal test.

Level 3 judges will not see any decrease in their expectations; in fact, they are now being asked to ensure that new level 2 judges have an understanding of certification & review process in the judge center and understand what is expected for a new judge to earn certification. Level 3 judges will still be asked to focus on their community, and continue to grow the program by training and promoting candidates for level 1 or level 2.

Thanks for your dedication and time.
The DCI

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