In 1979, the National Quilting Association, Inc. (NQA) established a program to certify quilt judges. This program seeks to assure that quilt judges are qualified to evaluate quilts in any show, whether National, regional or guild.
To be certified, you must demonstrate experience judging quilt shows and knowledge in all areas of quilt design, construction, and finishing. For more details see What to Expect.
You are entitled to use the initials NQACJ professionally, and to use your status as a Certified Judge as proof of your competence.
You receive a certificate, wallet card and a Certified Judge's pin.
You enjoy opportunities to assist with the judging process at the annual NQA show held in Columbus, Ohio.
Your name is included on the list of Certified Judges posted on this website. Your name will be shared with interested parties who request a list, who may be searching for judges to assist with quilt shows.
The process of becoming a CJ can be an enriching learning experience in itself allowing you to learn from other certified judges and participate in one of the largest non-juried shows in the United States.