NADAC What level do I start in?

NADAC Levels

New exhibitors to NADAC are sometimes a little unsure as to what level to start in when they first start competing in NADAC. Hopefully I can make it a little easier to understand.

There are four levels in NADAC:

  • Intro level
  • Novice level
  • Open level
  • Elite level

When starting out exhibitors have the choice of either entering the Intro level or the Novice level. Intro level courses are shorter and present an introductory level of challenge. This may appeal to some teams starting out. It is totally a choice as to whether you start at the Intro level in a class. It is not a requirement.

NADAC Start level Intro
Intro Course

Novice level is the entry-level for all classes. So if you choose to not enter at the Intro level then this is the entry-level for all classes. There is an exception called “Grandfathering” but I will talk about that a little later in this post. To move up levels in each class you must gain the basic 30 point Title in the class you wish to move up in. Moving up levels is again an option. You can stay at a lower level to earn advanced titles. Moving up is a choice.

NADAC Start Level Novice
Novice Course

So what about Grandfathering and NADAC Start levels?

As of January 1 2019 NADAC began allowing grandfathering in from other venues. You can read all about it in the exhibitors handbook on page 11.

Basically in a nutshell it means that if you are competing in a higher level of competition in other agility venues/organisations you can start in NADAC at a higher level than Novice. This is to allow exhibitors to continue playing the sport across venues without having to start over when trying out a new venue.

There is a process to follow and all the details can be found in the exhibitor handbook. Alternatively you can contact me and I will guide you through the process.


  1. Kaye Grant on November 20, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Shirlene, I filled out the Covid form on line, but never heard back, can you check for me and make sure I did it correctly please. ????

    • Shirlene Clark on November 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Kaye,

      I will be going through all the COVID forms shortly so will advise those who need to do one

Leave a Comment