American Koi Judges Association Judges receive rigorous training and screening prior to becoming certified. Judges are required to attend an annual 

AKJA judges training seminar to insure we stay up to date and  proficient in judging koi shows. Here is a brief description of the different levels of AKJA judges.

Please remember to obtain/request  a candidate judge for your show, please contact Mr. Michael Frady, as candidate judges are appointed by him, to ensure that all candidate judges get their required number of shows each year.

Emeritus Judges are certified judges that have voluntarily retired after serving at least 10 years and are 70 years old or served 15 years and 65 years old. They are exempt from the additional special requirements expected of certified judges. Emeritus Judges are still wanting to judge shows when invited.
Senior Certified Judges have been certified and successfully performed the duties of a certified judge for a minimum of nine (9) years.
Certified Judges have passed a extensive certification exam and demonstrated an above average ability to judge koi and teach other hobbyists about koi appreciation.
Candidate Judges have passed a entrance exam and met all the necessary criteria to become a Candidate judge. This training program takes a minimum of three (3) years to complete plus demonstrating their knowledge and teaching abilities while judging a minimum of five (5) koi shows with a certified AKJA judge. They must also attend at least three (3) AKJA judging seminars plus publish articles and give presentations on koi appreciation while demonstrating the proper demeanor and professionalism.
Student Judges are applicants requesting to be admitted to the Candidate Judge training program. Student judges are not yet qualified to begin judging koi shows but they are encouraged to attend AKJA judging seminars, observe judging at shows, and take the Candidate Judge entrance exam. The number of total judges not including retired emeritus judges is capped to insure our judges receive enough show assignments to keep their judging abilities finely tuned.