Steve Smith wrote:
I just saw Solo video Dec 2011. I enjoyed that. Great job Let us that dont keep up with that please tell us what the titles are.
Learning the titles is like learning a new language. And there are several different agility organizations and they all have different titles. The most common agility organizations mentioned on the Forum are AKC, USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association), CPE (Canine Performance Events) and NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council).
These are the most common titles for AKC's original events: jumpers with weavers (often abbreviated JWW and called "jumpers"; and standard agility (I call this the obstacle course to non-agility people). There are also two new events, FAST and Time 2 Beat, but I'll skip those titles for now.
You proceed through levels: novice, open, excellent A and excellent B. Excellent B is the top class and it is the class from which you can try and earn double Qs and MACH points in order to earn the highest AKC agility title -- the MACH. MACH, or speed, points are the number of seconds a dog runs a course under the posted course time. (Think of this as golf and the number of strokes you are under par).
NA: Novice Agility, an AKC agility title awarded to dogs who earn three qualifying scores from at least two different judges in Novice A and/or B Agility class.
OA: Open Agility, an agility title for dogs who receive three qualifying scores from at least two different judges in Open Agility class.
AX: Agility Excellent, an AKC agility title for dogs who earn three qualifying scores from at least two different judges in Excellent A Agility class.
AXJ: Excellent Jumpers With Weaves, an AKC agility title that requires three qualifying scores from at least two different judges in Excellent A Jumpers With Weaves class.
MX: Master Agility an AKC agility title that requires 10 qualifying scores in the Agility Excellent B class under two different judges.
MXJ: Master Jumper With Weaves, an AKC agility title that requires 10 qualifying scores in Excellent B Jumper With Weaves Agility class under two different judges.
MACH: Master Agility Champion, an AKC agility title a dog earns by achieving a minimum of 750 speed points and 20 double qualifying scores obtained from the Excellent B Standard Agility class and the Excellent B Jumpers With Weaves class. The MACH title is the only agility title that can be placed before the dog’s full name.
Hope this helps,