AWCA Herding Instinct Test Program

The herding instinct test for Collies was created by the American Working Collie Association in 1983.  It was later adopted by the Collie Club of America and became part of the foundation for the AKC herding program.




The AWCA Herding Instinct Test Program is run on a pass/not pass system. Collies passing the Herding Instinct Test will be issued a certificate from AWCA awarding the title "Herding Instinct Certified" (HC).  AWCA members' Collies will also receive a Versatility point slip. 


A 12-page Herding Instinct Test Program brochure is available for organizations wishing to sponsor such an event.  It includes the details about how to apply for sanction from AWCA, test forms, requirements for tests, and qualifications for passing such tests. 


This brochure can be obtained from the AWCA Stock Work Coordinator by sending your request accompanied by flat-rate priority mail postage. Currently, this postage is $3.95; please do NOT send money, but send the actual priority mail stamp for this amount so that the Coordinator does not have to make a special trip to the post office.


The current Coordinator is:

Linda Rorem


Please contact her for details about obtaining the test program brochure.  Note that Herding Instinct points for Versatility are handled by the Soundness Coordinator.

Bonnie Grindle & MacDuff

on the French Par Cours


Linda Rorem's Chelsea

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