Definition of an Amateur
Regulations & Guidelines for AKC Hunting Tests for Retrievers
Chapter 1. Section 4. Entry Requirements
Definition of an amateur. For the purpose of
qualifying and handling a dog in the Master Amateur
Invitational Hunting Test:
A person shall be considered an Amateur who during the period of two years preceding the trial in question has not received compensation in any form for the training of a dog for hunting, hunting tests or field trials and/or the handling of a dog in the same, and/or the regular systematic personal instructions of other individuals regarding the above pursuits.
Compensation is defined as money, goods or services to a person or any member of their household. No member of the household of a person who does not qualify as an amateur under this definition can qualify as an amateur.
Any person participating in an occasional organized seminar or workshop to improve the training and handling of field trial, hunting test or hunting dogs will be exempt from the above provision as will a person who receives payment for providing educational material (such as books, videos, etc.) to the public on the training and handling of field trial, hunting test or hunting dogs.
The dog must be handled by an amateur during all series in a given test in order to qualify as being handled by an amateur.
Should a question arise at the Master Amateur Invitational test regarding a person’s amateur status, the Event Committee shall decide.