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You find all kinds of abbreviations before and after the names of agility competitors. Here are a few of the common titles you might see.

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AKC agility titles are broken down into two large groupings, Regular and Preferred. Within each grouping, there are three title tracks.

REGULAR AGILITY TITLES:

Standard Agility:

NA – Novice Agility
Requires three passing scores in the Novice Standard ring, before at least two different judges.

OA – Open Agility
Requires three passing scores in the Open Standard ring, before at least two different judges. Prerequisite for competing is an NA title.

AX – Agility Excellent
Requires three passing scores in the Excellent A Standard ring, before at least two different judges. Prerequisite for competing is an OA title.

MX – Master Agility Excellent
Requires ten passing scores in the Excellent B Standard ring, before at least two different judges. Prerequisite for competing is an AX title.


Jumpers with Weaves:

NAJ – Novice Agility Jumper
Requires three passing scores in the Novice Jumpers ring, before at least two different judges.

OAJ – Open Agility Jumper
Requires three passing scores in the Open Jumpers ring, before at least two different judges. Prerequisite for competing is an NAJ title.

AXJ – Excellent Agility Jumper
Requires three passing scores in the

Excellent A Jumpers ring, before at least two different judges. Prerequisite for competing is an OAJ title.

MXJ – Master Excellent Jumper with Weaves
Requires ten passing scores in the Excellent B Jumpers ring, before at least two different judges. Prerequisite for competing is an AXJ title.

FAST (Fifteen and Send Time):

The third title track in AKC is FAST, a program that’s been around only since 2007. This competition places a premium on strategy and distance handling. Most dogs love doing FAST.

NF – Novice FAST
Requires three passing scores in the Novice FAST ring, before at least two different judges.

OF – Open FAST
Requires three passing scores in the Open FAST ring, before at least two different judges. Prerequisite for competing is an NF title.

XF – Excellent FAST
Requires three passing scores in the Excellent A FAST ring, before at least two different judges. Prerequisite for competing is an OF title.

MXF – Master Excellent FAST
Requires ten passing scores in the Excellent B FAST ring, before at least two different judges. Prerequisite for competing is an XF title.

FTC – FAST Century 1
Requires accumulation of 100 performances in the Excellent B FAST ring, earning a minimum score of 60 (out of a possible 80). Prerequisite for competing is an MXF title.

Once the FTC title is achieved, each additional 100 qualifying performances earn a higher FTC designation – FTC2, FTC3, and so forth.

TQX – Triple Q Excellent
Finally, tying all three agility tracks together, in April 2010 the AKC created the Triple Q Excellent, or TQX, title. This title requires ten triple-qualifying scores in Standard Agility, Jumpers with Weaves, and FAST. A triple-qualifying score is obtained by earning passing scores in the Excellent B level of Standard, Jumpers, and FAST, all in a single day of competition.