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Judge and CSD Certification Course

Judges and CSDs are the backbone of USCSS™. They must have a full understanding of the Official Rules, how the Classes and Games are to be organized, designed, run and officiated as well as understand their overall roles at a trial. While a requirement for all USCSS™ officials, competitors will also find this course exceedingly helpful.

Course Details

There is so much more to being an official with USCSS™ than simpy saying "Yes" or "No" when you are a Judge or setting hides when you are the CSD. These officials are the face of the organization, help set the tone of the entire trial and can help set competitors up to succeed or fail. This course goes into depth what all Judges and CSDs should do and consider. Based off of the in-person certification Workshops held across the nation, this online course will fulfill the first day requirement for USCSS™ officials; they will still need to officiate the mock trial in a full working capacity. Those officials who have already attended a Workshop may want to take the course as a Watcher as a refresher or to view updated example videos and to be part of the discussion. 

CEUS for Officials:

Auditors: 3 CEUs with United States Canine Scent Sports

Watchers: 1 CEUs with United States Canine Scent Sports

Course Outline

  • What is United States Canine Scent Sports
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Faults and Disqualifications
  • Maintaining the Integrity of the Trial
  • Breaking Down the Classes and Games
  • Requirements for Judges and CSDs

Meet Dianna L. Santos

Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor




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USCSS CSD and Judge

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Auditor Enrollment

Perfect intermediary

Full access to all course materials

Full access to general forum

May view homework forum

May ask instructor questions


Watcher Enrollment

Self-taught option

Full access to all course materials

May view general forum

May view homework forum

May not post or ask questions


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