NFWI Judges

NFWI Judges are highly sought after and well respected Judges, all of whom have been trained to high LASER (formerly OCN) standards.

Our Judges have sound technical knowledge in specific areas such as cookery, preservation, craft, floral art and staging and interpretation. The NFWI trains members, and non-members, to be tactful and courteous ambassadors, who show an understanding of the needs of exhibitors and the show committee. The role of an NFWI Judge is to act as an educator and help improve the standard of show entries.

Once only available to WI members, this training scheme has now been opened up to non-WI members, men and women, who wish to achieve a high level of competency and join our national team of Judges.

The NFWI Judges Training Programme is currently undergoing a complete review; trainee requirements, the application process, course structure and timings, content, tutor procedures and costings are all being reviewed to ensure that the whole process continues to be delivered to its highest standard and in a format that suits both the student, tutor and LASER (the awarding body). This will take some time and involves input from a range of professionals but obviously the NFWI want to ensure that the course being delivered is up to date and correct, and the student needs to be reassured that they are receiving a high standard of training in order to correctly prepare themselves for the role of being an NFWI Judge.

Other than the craft course taking place this year, no further training will take place until the new scheme is ready for launch in early 2015. We are still keen for members, and non-members, to complete and return an Application Form in order to register their interest. Once the new scheme is ready, we will then contact the individuals, and federations, to arrange training. Until then, please continue to developing your skills within your chosen discipline and take part in, or visit shows, in order to build your knowledge of show work.

To register your interest and apply for a place on a training course, please download and complete the Judges Application Form and return to the NFWI Unit, Denman College, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6NW.

If you would like to use one of our NFWI Judges at your event, please contact Helen Neal at the NFWI Unit for an up to date list of Judges.

A copy of the new Home Economics and Craft Fees for October 2014 – September 2015 are now available to download.

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