TICA Titles:
From Novice to Supreme Grand Champion

BY LILLIAN TOKAREK
Cedar Valley Persians

Spanish Translation / Traducción Español

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Have you ever wondered about the titles in TICA? What do all those initials mean? And what does your cat have to do to earn those titles? Wonder no longer!

What titles can my cat earn in TICA?

When you first see all the titles available for a cat to earn in TICA, it may look a bit daunting. It really is very logical.

Kittens, 4 - 8 months of age, don't earn titles.

Purebred Whole Cats, 8 months and over, start as a Novice and can earn:

  • Champion
  • Grand Champion
  • Double Grand Champion
  • Triple Grand Champion
  • Quadruple Grand Champion
  • Supreme Grand Champion titles

Purebred Altered Cats (spays and neuters), 8 months and over, start as a Novice and can earn:

  • Champion Alter
  • Grand Champion Alter
  • Double Grand Champion Alter
  • Triple Grand Champion Alter
  • Quadruple Grand Champion Alter
  • Supreme Grand Champion Alter

Household Pets (spays and neuters), 8 months and over, start as a Novice and can earn:

  • Master
  • Grand Master
  • Double Grand Master
  • Triple Grand Master
  • Quadruple Grand Master
  • Supreme Grand Master

Cats in the HHP class can be registered but not showable as purebreds - so straight-eared Scottish Folds, tailed Manx, long-nosed Persians etc, may all be shown as Household Pets. If they are registered, the owner must surrender those papers before receiving the household pet papers.

Titles are awarded as a cat earns a specified number of points and finals during its show career.

Titles Awarded in TICA
*
All the points earned by a cat are accumulative
Title
Abbrev-
iation
Total Points Earned
Finals
Champion (whole cats)
Champion Alter (altered cats)
Master (Household Pets)
CH
CHA
MS
300 points under 4 different Judges

1 Final

Grand Champion
Grand Champion Alter
Grand Master
GRC
GCA
GRM

1000

6 Finals from 4 different judges
With 3 of the 6 finals being
top five specialty
OR
top ten allbreed finals

Double Grand Champion
Double Grand Champion Alter
Double Grand Master
DGC
DCHA
DGM
2000
One Additional Final in
Top 5 Specialty
OR
Top 10 Allbreed
as a Grand Champion/Alter/Master
Triple Grand Champion
Triple Grand Champion Alter
Triple Grand Master
TGC
TGCA
TGM
3000
One Additional Final in
Top 5 Specialty
OR
Top 10 Allbreed
as a Double Grand Champion/Alter/Master
Quad Grand Champion
Quad Grand Champion Alter
Quad Grand Master
QGC
QGCA
QGM
4000
One Additional Final in
Top 5 Specialty
OR
Top 10 Allbreed
as a Triple Grand Champion/Alter/Master
Supreme Grand Champion
Supreme Grand Champion Alter
Supreme Grand Master
SGC
SGCA
SGM
6000
Best Cat
(Allbreed or Specialty)
as a Quad Grand Champion/Alter/Master
Note: This must be the 2nd or 3rd
day of the show if you earn your
QGC on the first day of the show
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Points earned are accumulative across all the Championship and Alter categories for any one cat. If you start your whole cat off and he get as far as earning the title of a Double Grand Champion and then you alter the cat you can continue up the ladder of titles without starting over. So... after altering you would be working on your Triple Grand Champion Alter title. You can also choose to start over if you want.

How are the points earned?

Points are awarded for 1st-5th Best In Color: 25 points for Best in Color, 20 points for Second, and 15 points for Third Best in Color, 10 points for Fourth Best in Color and 5 points for Fifth Best in Color. In the division wins only 1st-3rd apply: Best of Division earns 25 points, Second Best of Division earns 20 points, and Third Best of Division gets 15 points. The points are totaled for each judging ring. If your cat is then called to the final it earns even more points. A Best Allbreed earns an additional 200 points. Second Allbreed earns an additional 190 points, and so on. A Best Specialty earns 150 points more, and a second gets another 140 points, and so on down the line.

Points Earned for Each Award in TICA
Placement
Color
Division

For International (IW) and Regional (RW) Winner Titles:

Points from these finals are counted
PLUS
the number of cats defeated.

Points for Color/Division wins DO NOT count
towards IW/RW Wins

Allbreed Final
Specialty Final
BEST
25
25
200
150
2
20
20
190
140
3
15
15
180
130
4
10
 
170
120
5
5
 
160
110
6
   
150
100
7
   
140
90
8
   
130
80
9
   
120
70
10
   
110
60
Points for each award given by a judge are added together
to give the total points earned by a cat for that judge's ring

So you keep adding the points your cat earns... until he reaches the requirements for his next title!

Now that you understand the TICA titles and how they are earned, you will have a better idea of what is happening next time you go to a TICA cat show and open a catalogue full of cats with letters before their names!

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