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Quilt Judges Certification Program

In 2009, the Canadian Quilters’ Association/Association canadienne de la courtepointe (CQA/ACC) launched a program to certify quilt judges called the Quilt Judge Certification Program or QJCP.

The Certified Judge

To become a certified quilt judge there are important areas of knowledge and skills required. Quilt judges need to have a comprehensive background of quilting knowledge encompassing traditional, innovative and current quilting styles and techniques, as well as a solid understanding of the principles of colour and design. A judge must be able to express their findings in positive, constructive terms, using appropriate language. They must be able to work with co-judges and show staff cooperatively. 

Find a Certified Judge or an Apprentice Judge here.

The Program

Module 1

  • This is a one-day class to give an introduction to judging and is designed for anyone thinking about becoming a
    judge, scribe, juror or aide.
  • Also designed for those interested in organizing a judged show, entering a judged show or broadening their knowledge.
  • This module is available as a stand-alone workshop for interested groups or guilds and at the annual CQA/ACC conference.

Module 2

  • Home study.
  • Required reading, book reports

Module 3

  • Intensive classroom instruction which is evaluated. Concludes with an interview.
  • In-depth study of colour, design and workmanship in quilts, textile arts and clothing
  • Written and oral critiques will be stressed

Module 4

  • Apprentice Judges gain experience judging and jurying which is evaluated by the show organizers using the CQA/ACC documents provided

Module 5

  • An extensive mock judging exercise at a CQA/ACC National Juried Show
  • Candidates are evaluated on oral and written critiques and their ability to negotiate with co- judges

Certified Judges

  • Certified Judges attend the annual professional development day at the CQA/ACC national conference
  • Assume jury and judging duties for the NJS as required
  • Submit documentation of Continuing Professional Development, annually

Our QJCP Instructors are Joyce Brown and Judy Villett. If you have any questions about this program, please send an email to qjcp.cqa@gmail.com

For current Module pricing, please contact Jackie Philpott, Admin Asst at jackie@canadianquilter.com

Download a pdf copy of the QJCP brochure – click here