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TICA Titles

(From Novice to Supreme Grand Champion)

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. 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

Kittens are 4 – 8 months of age. Kittens don’t earn titles in the classes, however can show to be a Regional (RW) or International Winner (IW).

Championship

Pedigreed whole cats, 8 months and over, start as a Novice and can earn the following titles:

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

Altered Cats

Pedigreed Altered Cats (spays and neuters), 8 months and over, start as a Novice and can earn the following titles:

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

Household Pets

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 their household pet papers.

To be awarded each title, the cat must earn a specified number of points and finals during its show career.

TITLES AWARDED IN TICA

Title

Abbreviation

Points Needed

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 the cat earns
QGC on the first day of the show

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.

NUMBER OF POINTS AWARDED IN TICA

PLACEMENT

COLOR

DIVISION

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 by a judge are added together to give the total points earned by a cat for that judge’s ring.

For International (IW) and Regional (RW) Winner Titles: 
Points from finals are counted  PLUS the number of cats defeated (COUNT – 1). 
Points for Color/Division wins DO NOT count towards IW/RW Wins

So you keep adding the points your cat earns… until your kitty reaches the requirements for his next title. And 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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