These Certificates are awarded to those members whose Goldens have excelled in multiple areas of achievement by earning the required titles and awards. The VC is designed to be within the reach of most Goldens regardless of the owner’s available time or skill. The VCI and above require more advanced accomplishments. A complete point schedule and application is included.
Certificates are intended to recognize and acknowledge those dogs and handlers who are actively demonstrating and maintaining the multi-purpose nature of the Golden Retriever. These are GRCC awards and are not officially recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club or any other national kennel club.
All members are encouraged to work towards attaining these titles. The names of new VC/VCI/VCX/MVC/GMVC Goldens will be published on a regular basis in Golden Leaves.
The owner or at least one co-owner must be a member of the GRCC in good standing.
Applications for Certificates must be made on the form provided by the GRCC. This form is available on the GRCC website. The applicant’s signature verifies that the titles listed are correct.
All awards are for Canadian achievements only and must be verified by results as listed under the CKC results where possible, and/or by the provision of copies of the relevant CKC title certificates.
Note that championship points from the Altered classes are allowed.
Points are not cumulative within a category. Only the highest point title is recognized in each category.
There are five categories:
There are several sub-categories under “Performance”. Only the highest point total can be used from each sub-category, but you can add the top points from each sub-category. However, points must still be earned from the other categories, as described below under “Point Requirements”.
The “Other” category consists of any non-CKC event which the CKC recognizes.
One (1) point each for any level, maximum 3 points total from this category.
(Examples, but not limited to, Trick Dog, Barn Hunt, Herding, Scent Hurdle, Schutzhund, Dock Diving, Sled Dog, Therapy Dog, CGN)
VC (Versatility Certificate):
11 points (At least 1 point from 3 of the 5 categories)
VCI (Versatility Certificate Intermediate):
16 points (At least 1 point from 3 of the 5 categories, and 3 points from 2 of the 5)
VCX (Versatility Certificate Excellent):
21 points (At least 3 points from 3 of the 5 categories)
MVC (Master Versatility Certificate):
31 points (At least 4 points from 3 of the 5 categories)
GMVC (Grand Master Versatility Certificate):
|Tracking & Scent Detection||Draft||Agility||Chase Ability & Sprinter|
OTHER – Any Non-CKC Events which CKC Recognizes and CGN
One point each, any level, Maximum 3 points total from this category
Examples, but not limited to: Trick Dog, Barn Hunt, Herding, Scent Hurdle, Schutzhund, Dock Diving, Sled Dog, Therapy Dog, CGN
There are 5 categories: Conformation, Obedience, Field, Performance & Other (found at bottom)
VC: 11 points (At least 1 point from 3 of the 5 categories)
VCI: 16 points (At least 1 point from 3 of the 5 categories, and 3 points from 2 of the 5)
VCX: 21 points (At least 3 points from 3 of the 5 categories)
MVC: 31 points (At least 4 points from 3 of the 5 categories)
GMVC: 40 points
- A dog with an OTCh, TDX and AGX will be able to claim 8, 5 and 6 points for a total of 19 points = VCI.
- A dog with a Ch, CD and WC will have 8, 3 and 2 points for a total of 13 points = VC.
- A dog with a Ch, OTCh and WCX will have 8, 8 and 6 points for a total of 22 points = VCX.
- A dog with a Ch, MOTCh and WC will have 8, 10 and 2 points = 20 points = VCI.
- A dog with a Ch, OTCh, WC, JH, TDX, AGN, AGNJ and RA will have 26 points = VCX
(8 points from Conformation, 8 points from Obedience, 3 points from Field, 5 points from Tracking (Performance) and 2 points from Agility (Performance)).
GRCC Versatility Certificates ammended Jan. 1, 2022, motion #15 passed September 21, 2021