Apprentice Judge Incentive Program
With the explosion in new members and chapters, we are going to need more judges, especially in the West. We understand that the skyrocketing travel costs may be a barrier for some to enter the Apprentice Program. The Judging & Testing Committee has recommended, and the Executive Council has approved, the following changes for those individuals in the Apprentice Judge program. These changes are also provided to incentivize those individuals who may be considering entering the Apprentice Program.
- To enter the Apprentice program, the prospective Apprentice must attend an Aims & Rules Clinic. Once the prospective Apprentice is approved to enter the Apprentice program, if desired, a refund for his or her clinic fee may be submitted. Approved Apprentice applicants, as well as current Apprentices, may submit this Expense Voucher for the clinic fee refund to the Central Office.
- Current guidelines require apprentices to apprentice out of area twice. To reduce travel costs, the out of area requirement has been modified to require just one out of area test. Additionally, for Apprentices approved as NAVHDA judges at the 2023 annual meeting, and beyond, a $500 refund, if requested, will be authorized to help defer travel costs incurred during apprenticeship. As in the Aims and Rules clinic fees, a voucher may be submitted to the Central Office.