AKC Tracking Regulations provide clubs an option to award certificates that can be used for an advantage in the drawing for entries at future club tracking events. These are called Worker Option certificates. Each club will decide on their own WO policies that will determine how volunteers can earn a WO certificate, if and when the WO certificate expires and if WO certificates will be given to judges. A test worker cannot benefit from a Worker Option slot in a test in which they are working.
If a club decides to implement the Worker Option at a tracking test, the information and the number of tracks to be set aside must be published in the premium list.
The number of tracks that a club may set aside for past workers is determined by the total number of test tracks offered. If a club is offering a combined test, then the tracks from all test types are added together. For example, a 3 dog TD combined with a 3 dog TDX test would be considered 6 test tracks and would qualify to offer 2 WO slots. Alternate tracks that might be available for running as a titling track are not considered as “test tracks offered”.
Entries with Worker Option certificates are drawn before non-worker entries in each draw category (see lists below). After the WO slots are filled, the remaining WO entries are added to the non-worker entries for the draw for the remaining tracks. If the test is being given by a specialty club, then preference is given to the specialty breed before “other” breeds. Non-titled dogs are always drawn before titled dogs. A dog is considered “titled” if they have either a TD or TDU title in TD and TDU tests.