GCCF Certificates & Titles

Adult cats, both entire and neutered, are eligible to win Certificates. These lead to the awarding of official titles, a list of which is published quarterly. With the exception of Merit Certificates, Certificates are only awarded at Championship Shows. Winning an Open or Grand class does not guarantee a Certificate as these are only awarded if the judge considers the cat to be of sufficiently high quality.

 

Entire Adults of full (championship) status breeds can win:

All Championship shows Challenge Certificates
Grand Challenge Certificates
All Championship shows except Supreme Show Imperial Grand Challenge Certificates
Supreme Show only UK Grand Challenge Certificates
Best of Variety Adult Certificates
Supreme Adult Certificate

 

Adult Neuters of full (championship) status breeds can win:

All Championship shows Premier Certificates
Grand Premier Certificates
All Championship shows except Supreme Show Imperial Grand Premier Certificates
Supreme Show only UK Grand Premier Certificates
Best of Variety Neuter Certificates
Supreme Neuter Certificate

Adults and Neuters of Provisional status breeds can win:

All Championship shows Intermediate Certificates

 

Adults, Kittens and Neuters of Preliminary status breeds can win:

awarded at Champion & Sanction shows Merit Certificates

 

The official GCCF Titles are:

 

Champion (CH)
Grand Champion (GRCH)
Imperial Grand Champion (IGRCH)
UK Grand Champion (UK GRCH)
UK & Imperial Grand Champion (UK IGRCH)
Premier (PR)
Grand Premier (GRPR)
Imperial Grand Premier (IGRPR)
UK Grand Premier (UK GRPR)
UK & Imperial Grand Premier (UK IGRPR)

 

Winning Supreme Adult or Supreme Neuter adds "Supreme" to any other title the cat may hold.

 

A cat retains its title after he or she has been neutered, so many cats are "Champion & Premier", "Imperial Grand Champion & UK Grand Premier" etc. The ultimate title would be "Supreme UK & Imperial Grand Champion & Supreme UK & Imperial Grand Premier".

 

When a cat gains a title, this must be claimed in writing to the GCCF Office. If it is entered in a higher class without this claim, it may be disqualified.

 

Challenge Certificates

 

These are awarded to the first prize winners of entire Adult Open classes for full (championship) status breeds, both male and female. Three Challenge Certificates awarded by three different judges make the cat a Champion.

 

Grand Challenge Certificates

 

At ordinary Championship shows, full Champions may compete in special Grand classes for Champions only as well as, or instead of, their Open class. The winner of each Grand class is eligible to be awarded a Grand Challenge Certificate. The second placed cat is eligible for a Reserve Grand Challenge Certificate: this means that if the Grand Certificate winner is disqualified, the Reserve Certificate winner will be awarded the Grand Certificate which will count towards a title. No further placings are made in these classes, even if the certificates are withheld. Three Grand Challenge Certificates awarded by three different judges make the cat a Grand Champion.

 

At the Supreme Show only, there are "Champion" classes for each breed, both male and female, and Champions must be entered in these classes instead of the Pre-Champion classes. As with ordinary "Grand" classes, a Grand Challenge Certificate is available for the winner, but there is no Reserve Grand Challenge Certificate.

 

Imperial Grand Challenge Certificates

 

At ordinary Championship shows, full Grand Champions may compete in special Imperial Grand classes for Grand Champions only. Grand Champions may enter their Imperial Grand, Grand or Open class, or any two out of these three; they may not enter all three of these classes. The winner of each Imperial Grand class is eligible to be awarded an Imperial Grand Challenge Certificate. The second placed cat is eligible for a Reserve Imperial Grand Challenge Certificate: this means that if the Imperial Grand Certificate winner is disqualified, the Reserve Certificate winner will be awarded the Imperial Grand Certificate which will count towards a title. No further placings are made in these classes, even if the certificates are withheld. Five Imperial Grand Challenge Certificates awarded by five different judges make the cat an Imperial Grand Champion.

 

Imperial Grand Champions may also enter their Imperial Grand, Grand or Open class, or any two out of these three; they may not enter all three of these classes.

 

UK Grand Challenge Certificates

 

At the Supreme Show only, full Grand Champions are not allowed to enter the Champion classes, but have special classes solely for Grand Champions, Imperial Grand Champions, UK Grand Champions and UK & Imperial Grand Champions, again split male and female. The winners are eligible for UK Grand Challenge Certificates, two of which, awarded by two different judges, make the cat a UK Grand Champion or a UK & Imperial Grand Champion if it has additionally gained that title. There is no Reserve UK Grand Challenge Certificate.

 

Premier Certificates

 

These are awarded to the first prize winners of adult Neuter Open classes for full (championship) status breeds, both male and female. Three Premier Certificates awarded by three different judges make the cat a Premier.

 

Grand Premier Certificates

 

At ordinary Championship shows, full Premiers may compete in special Grand classes for Premiers only as well as, or instead of their Open class. The winner of each Grand class is eligible to be awarded a Grand Premier Certificate. The second placed cat is eligible for a Reserve Grand Premier Certificate: this means that if the Grand Certificate winner is disqualified, the Reserve Certificate winner will be awarded the Grand Certificate which will count towards a title. No further placings are made in these classes, even if the certificates are withheld. Three Grand Premier Certificates awarded by three different judges make the cat a Grand Premier.

 

At the Supreme Show only, there are "Premier" classes for each breed, both male and female, and Premiers must be entered in these classes instead of the Pre-Premier classes. As with ordinary "Grand" classes, a Grand Premier Certificate is available for the winner, but there is no Reserve Grand Premier Certificate.

 

Imperial Grand Premier Certificates

 

At ordinary Championship shows, full Grand Premiers may compete in special Imperial Grand classes for Grand Premiers only. Grand Premiers may enter their Imperial Grand, Grand or Open class, or any two out of these three; they may not enter all three of these classes. The winner of each Imperial Grand class is eligible to be awarded an Imperial Grand Premier Certificate. The second placed cat is eligible for a Reserve Imperial Grand Premier Certificate: this means that if the Imperial Grand Certificate winner is disqualified, the Reserve Certificate winner will be awarded the Imperial Grand Certificate which will count towards a title. No further placings are made in these classes, even if the certificates are withheld. Five Imperial Grand Premier Certificates awarded by five different judges make the cat an Imperial Grand Premier.

Imperial Grand Premierss may also enter their Imperial Grand, Grand or Open class, or any two out of these three; they may not enter all three of these classes.

 

UK Grand Premier Certificates

 

At the Supreme Show only, full Grand Premiers are not allowed to enter the Premier classes, but have special classes solely for Grand Premiers, Imperial Grand Premiers, UK Grand Premiers and UK & Imperial Grand Premiers, again split male and female. The winners are eligible for UK Grand Premier Certificates, two of which, awarded by two different judges, make the cat a UK Grand Premier or a UK & Imperial Grand Premier if it has additionally gained that title. There is no Reserve UK Grand Premier Certificate.

 

Best of Variety Certificates

 

At the Supreme Show, each Best of Variety Winner, Adult, Kitten and Neuter, is awarded a Certificate.

 

If an Adult is not yet a Champion, this BOV Certificate will count as a Challenge Certificate. If a Neuter is not yet a Premier, this BOV Certificate will count as a Premier Certificate.

 

If the Winner is already a Champion, the BOV Certificate is considered to be a Grand Challenge Certificate. If the winner is already a Premier, the BOV Certificate is considered to be a Grand Premier Certificate.

 

Kittens also win Best of Variety Certificates but these do not count towards a title.

 

Supreme Certificates

 

The Supreme Adult, Kitten and Neuter are each awarded a Certificate.

 

If the Supreme Adult is not yet a Champion, this Supreme Certificate will count as a Challenge Certificate. If he or she is already a Champion it will count as a Grand Challenge Certificate. If the cat has already been awarded a UK Grand Challenge Certificate, it will count as the second UK Grand Certificate, giving the cat the title of Supreme UK Grand Champion.

 

If the Supreme Neuter is not yet a Premier, this Supreme Certificate will count as a Premier Certificate. If he or she is already a Premier It will count as a Grand Premier Certificate. If the cat has already been awarded a UK Grand Premier Certificate, it will count as the second UK Grand Certificate, giving the cat the title of Supreme UK Grand Premier.

Whether the cat is a Champion/Premier, Grand Champion/Premier or UK Grand Champion/Premier, the awarding of the Supreme Certificate adds "Supreme" to the title - Supreme Champion, Supreme UK Grand Premier etc.

 

The Certificate awarded to the Supreme Kitten does not count towards any future title, but the exhibit may put "(Supreme Kitten 20...)" after his or her name in catalogue entries and on pedigrees.

 

Intermediate Certificates

 

These are offered to the first prize winners in the Adult and Neuter Open classes for Provisional status breeds.

At the Supreme Show, if a Provisional status breed wins a Best of Variety or a Supreme Certificate, this counts as an Intermediate Certificate.

 

Three Intermediate Certificates from three different judges do not give the cat any title, but make it a "qualifier" eligible to help its breed to progress to the coveted full championship status. These certificates may be won as entire or neutered adults, so a cat may have won one before being neutered and the other two after his or her operation.

 

Merit Certificates

 

Adults, Kittens and Neuters of Preliminary status breeds, the first stage of recognition of a breed, do not have Open classes. They are shown in Assessment classes, where each exhibit is assessed individually against its Standard of Points. If the judge considers the cat to conform to its Standard of Points, with none of the listed withholding faults for the breed, a Merit Certificate is awarded.

 

In order for a cat to become a "qualifier" and help towards the progression of its breed to Provisional status, it must win four Merit Certificates from four different judges, of which not more than two may be won in kitten classes.

 

Unlike the other Certificates, Merit Certificates are awarded at Sanction Shows as well as at Championship Shows.