Narvin and Tooth, any exam site can set the rules they want. I don't want someone wasting my time taking up an exam slot for which someone else is already qualified. I can't say I blame you Mike, I've gotten screwed by people backing out too many times.
My rules going forward are starting to look like:
A $50 deposit in addition to full exam fees with the deposit retured after the exam has been given. I'm tired of people backing out at the last minute. It's a waste of my time.
So for any prospective BJCP judges, if you sign up for an exam site, be darn sure you show up.
And yes, I may be slightly bitter.
That sucks, and I understand not letting people sign up for the exam until they have passed the online entrance test. I just think the test results shouldn't expire in 12 months if there is no way the BJCP can facilitate testing in your area within that time frame.
I'd be happy with passing the entrance exam and immediately being given the next available testing date in my area... even if that's 2 years out. At least I'll know that I didn't waste my time and money taking an entrance exam that is worthless by the time I can take the next exam.
I definitely think you should charge for the exam up-front, so you are at least paid if some people don't show up. It's obnoxious that people sign up to take up hours of your time and don't bother showing up. I'm sure that's part of the reason the exams are apparently so hard to get into.
To be honest, I thought the BJCP needed judges. The only reason I started looking into this was to be able to help out with some local comps... assuming I'm qualified and pass the exams. If that's not the case, I can just hang back and let the people who are dying to call themselves a BJCP judge jump through the hoops.