There are a few minimum requirements in order to have your application approved to become an AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen Examiner. The first is that one must be at least 18 years of age. Next, a minimum of two years of experience of working with dogs in a professional capacity is required. This can be as a vet tech, a trainer, an assistant trainer, or shelter volunteer/employee. You must be able to show that you have worked with a variety of dogs including different breeds and different ages. Finally, you cannot be under suspension or under disciplinary action by the AKC.
The application requires you to describe your experience working with dogs. In addition it asks if you have experience with the CGC program and in what capacity. Association membership in the one of the following associations is not required but helpful: Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP), or National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI).
Membership in the AKC either at the local or national level is extremely helpful. So is becoming a member of a non-AKC affiliated dog obedience organization. For example if you train dogs for agility, a membership in a dog agility organization is helpful.
Two references will be required on the application. The AKC will check the references, so be sure to let the people know you are using their contact information. These references should be able to confirm your dog handling experience. Preferably the references should be from a veterinarian, another dog trainer, a shelter or rescue organization, a 4H club, or a client if you are already in business for yourself.
Meeting the qualifications to become a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator is not difficult. For those just starting out in a dog handling/training career the application gives a good outline of the experience required to become a dog trainer and CGC examiner.