Multiple Achievement Certificate
The Multiple Achievement Certificate (MAC) is a program that recognizes the many PWD owners and dogs training and competing in dog sports, regardless of registry, area of competition, or title. Most nationally-recognized dog sports that award titles can be used towards the MAC requirements, to recognize and reward all of our dogs’ achievements. This program started on January 1, 2014.
The goal of this program is to reward breadth of participation by requiring multiple areas of competition, but with few restrictions on what events, registries, or titles are eligible. The Level 1 Multiple Achievement Certificate (MAC-1) will be awarded to a dog for earning any seven titles in a minimum of three areas of competition. The MAC-2 and higher will be awarded for each set of six additional titles earned from three areas of competition. These areas need not be the same as those used for MAC-1, but there must be six titles in at least three areas of competition for each additional MAC level.
Note: The Multiple Achievement Certificate (MAC) program was updated on December 15, 2019 to include PWDCA water certificates (Junior Water Dog and the old Working Water Dog Excellent - now a title) and to adjust the use of titles such as CGC, Temperament Test, and Farm Dog. Please review the new program rules before submitting your application.
- Duplicate titles in different registries will be acceptable at any level (such as AKC and UKC CD, or Novice agility titles from different agility organizations).
- An exception to this are the AKC CGC titles and equivalents from other registries. (Only one CGC-type title may be used for the MAC program and only at the MAC-1 level, and will be assigned to the Social Behavior area of competition. See item #3 in the MAC Program Rules.)
- An application for MAC-1 could include, for example, AKC and UKC CH, AKC BN, CD and CKC CD, AKC NA and OA. This has the minimum three areas of competition (conformation, obedience, and agility) and seven total titles.
- Accepted areas of competition include nationally-recognized organizations that issue titles, as long as there is documentation of the title earned.
- Only titles, not certificates or awards, count towards the MAC certificate. The single exception is that PWDCA Junior and Working Water Dog Excellent certificates ARE eligible for the program.
- For some of the newer or more unusual areas of competition, the applicant may need to provide information to the program administrator on the titling organization, venue, and titles so that area of competition and titling levels may be determined.
- An updated list of approved organizations is available.
PDF version of the rules.
PWDCA Multiple Achievement Certificate (MAC) Program--Revised December 2019
The PWDCA Multiple Achievement Certificate is a certificate program developed to recognize the accomplishments of our versatile PWDs, regardless of registry, event, or title. The PWDCA has set a high bar for participation in this program by requiring multiple areas of competition and multiple titles for the dog being recognized, but with very few restrictions on what registries and titles are eligible. Most nationally-recognized dog sports that award titles can be used towards the MAC requirements, in order to recognize and reward all of our dogs’ achievements. The PWDCA Board approved the program on 12/16/2013.
The level 1 Multiple Achievement Certificate (MAC-1) will be awarded to a dog for earning any 7 titles in a minimum of three areas of competition. The MAC-2 and higher will be given for each set of 6 additional titles from 3 areas. Areas of competition may include nearly any nationally-recognized venue or organization that issues titles, as long as there is documentation of the title earned. Only titles, not certificates or awards, count towards the MAC certificate.
Duplicate titles from different registries will be acceptable at any level (such as AKC and UKC CD, or Novice agility titles from different agility organizations.) An exception to this is the AKC CGC titles and equivalents. An application for MAC-1 could include, for example, AKC and UKC CH, CGC, AKC and UKC CD, AKC NA and OA. This has three areas of competition (conformation, obedience, and agility) and seven total titles.
1. The MAC-1 certificate is given to a dog for earning 7 titles in a minimum of three areas of competition.MAC-2 and higher will be awarded for each set of 6 additional titles in three areas of competition. The areas of competition do not have to be the same as those used for MAC-1, but there must be 6 new titles in three areas of competition for each additional MAC level. Duplicate titles from different registries may be used at any MAC level (such as AKC and UKC CD, or equivalent agility titles from different agility organizations.)
2. The program is restricted to titles only. The only exception is for PWDCA certificates (Junior and Working Water Dog Excellent) which will count as titles for the MAC program. Any other certificates (such AKC Herding Instinct or Field Trial Working Certificates) or awards (such as High-inTrial, BIS, AOM, PWDCA ROM awards, and PWDCA Versatility awards) are not eligible. Also not eligible are combination titles that are automatically granted by AKC or other organizations when a required set of titles have been earned (examples are AKC VCD, Tracking Champion, and combination Scent work titles such as SWN, SWE, etc.).
3. The Social Behavior area of competition includes (but is not limited to) titles such as CGC at several levels, Farm Dog, and Temperament Tests. The Social Behavior category counts as a separate area of competition. Only one title of each type may be used for the program, and only at the MAC-1 level. So, a total of three titles may be used from the Social Behavior category at MAC-1: one each of CGCtype, Farm Dog, and Temperament Test. These should be listed as Social Behavior on the application form “Area of Competition.”
4. Nearly all titles may be used for the program as long as there is supporting documentation available from the parent organization that verifies the title. This documentation may be traditional title certificates or web-based documentation that includes dog and title information.
5. It is the sole responsibility of the MAC applicant to provide to the Awards Committee all information necessary to verify eligibility for the MAC program, including copies of title certificates or web pages showing titles earned. A printout from the AKC or PWDCA water title databases available at PWDCA.org will suffice for documentation of titles that are listed in those databases. In addition, a program administrator may request information on the titling event and registry so that area of competition and titling levels may be determined. Titles from nearly any nationally-recognized organization are eligible—if in doubt about title eligibility, it is the MAC applicant’s responsibility to contact the program administrator to confirm eligibility. A ROM Award certificate will not suffice for title documentation for the MAC.
6. Dogs applying to receive any level MAC must have all current health data and test results on record in the online PWDCA Health and Litter Log. There is no requirement for any specific health tests. The only requirement is that the dog be entered in the HLL and any available test results are entered there.
7. The dog must be owned or co-owned by a PWDCA member in good standing at the time of application for the MAC.
8. A PWDCA certificate will be issued for each MAC level achieved.
9. Overlap with the ROM award is allowed—i.e., all titles used for the ROM are eligible for MAC (although Awards used for the ROM are not eligible—see #2 above).
10. A deceased dog is eligible to participate in the program, so long as the date of death is after 12/31/2013. Any titles earned during the life of the dog may be used, even if the titles were earned before the start of the program.
11. It is intended that areas of competition may include any nationally-recognized canine event or organization that issues titles, as long as there is documentation of the title earned. Remember that only titles, not certificates or awards, count towards the MAC certificate. Areas of competition and registries could include (but are not limited to):
- Conformation (for example, AKC, UKC, FCI, and foreign kennel clubs)
- Obedience (AKC, UKC, etc)
- Agility (AKC, USDAA, CPE, NADAC, UKI, etc)
- PWDCA water trials
- Social Behavior (see #2 above)
- Lure coursing
- Search and Rescue
12. Confirmation of eligibility of any specific titling organization, area of competition, or title will be made by the MAC Program Administrator on an as-needed basis. It is the responsibility of the MAC applicant to contact the program administrator to confirm eligibility, and to provide all requested documentation on a proposed titling organization. Program Administrator decisions about eligibility of titling organizations, areas of competition, or titles will be final.
- Read the Program Rules above or download and read the PDF version.
- Read these Application Instructions or download and read the PDF version.
- Be sure the dog is owned or co-owned by a PWDCA member in good standing.
- Be sure that your dog is listed in the PWDCA Health and Litter Log with any test results listed. There is no requirement for any specific health testing, but the dog must be listed in the HLL.
- Complete the pdf Application Form for MAC-1 or for MAC-2+ as appropriate.
- Save the Application Form to your computer.
- Assemble all of your supporting documents including title lists from AKC or PWDCA, and other title certificates. These may be in any format, such as pdf or image files. You may submit as many files as necessary, but each file must be less than 1 MB in size.
- All files must be submitted in one session, so please be sure you have everything together before you proceed to the submission form to upload your application and other documents.
- When your application and all supporting documents are assembled, use the online submission form below to transmit your files. Please use the submission form that corresponds with your last name.
- If you have applications for more than one MAC level, or for multiple dogs, the application form and supporting documents for each level must be submitted separately.
- If you prefer to submit through the US mail, please print your completed application and supporting documents and contact the appropriate administrator for mailing instructions.
- You will be notified via email when your application has been received.