Requirements for Leveling Up

One of the greatest things about the Judge community is their continued desire to improve themselves and the events they run.  We have several ways to help aid you on your path of self improvements and part of that is earning new levels of Certification.

Testing guidelines for all levels –

Modules –

In order to complete a module, members must watch the entire video and subsequently achieve 80% or better on the follow-up exam. Exams for modules will vary in length from as few as 5 questions, to as many as 10. There is no time limit to complete these exams; however if one module is a prerequisite for another module, that module will not be available to the user until the exam is complete.

Completion Tests –

To test for Role Completion, one must have satisfactorily completed the requirements for the previous level (if applicable); completed and passed all requisite modules for that level, completed the requisite “cool down” period (if applicable); and satisfactorily completed all requirements unique for that level.

Requirements for Rules Advisor Certification

To achieve Rules Advisor level, one must complete the following modules in the Core Tree  –

  • Combat
  • Keyword Actions and Abilities
  • Layer 7
  • MTG Formats
  • Priority/State Based Actions
  • Replacement Effects/Triggers
  • Spells and Abilities
  • Steps and Phases of a Turn.

Once these courses have been completed, an online 15-question exam can be requested at any time. You will have 1 hour to complete the test upon request. A score of 80% or better (12 out of 15 questions correct) is a passing score. If you do not achieve a passing score, you may request another test after 14 days. When you pass the test, you will receive a congratulatory email and your profile page will be updated with the role of “Rules Advisor”. Congratulations!

Requirements for Level 1 Certification

To achieve Level 1 Judge, one must complete ALL of the modules in the following Course Families –

  • Core Competency
  • Event Management
  • Community Building

Once these courses have been completed, an online 25-question exam can be requested at any time. You will have 1.5 hours to complete the test upon request. A score of 80% or better (20 out of 25 questions correct) is a passing score. If you do not achieve a passing score, you may request another test after 14 days. When you pass the test, you will receive a congratulatory email and your profile page will be updated with the role of “Level 1 Judge”. Congratulations!

Modules will be added to Course Families listed above from time to time. In order to maintain current membership all Judges will have 6 months from the time of module upload to satisfactorily complete the module.

Requirements for Level 2 Certification

Until at least April 1, 2020 we will continue to use the previous requirements for certification –

  • Judge at least six sanctioned events in the previous six months.
  • Recommendation Review from judging together at a Competitive REL Event written by a Level 2 or Level 3 Judge in the previous 12 months.
  • Submit reviews of at least two different Judges the previous 12 months.
  • An article, a conference report, or a written tournament report from an event with multiple judges in the previous 12 months.
  • A score of 70% or better on a Level 2 Practice exam in the previous 12 months.
  • A score of 80% or better on the Level 2 Completion Exam.

If you believe you are ready and have had your L1 certification for at least 6 months, please head to your profile page to let us know you are ready and interested!

Requirements for Level 3 Certification

Until at least April 1, 2020 we will continue to use the previous requirements for certification  –

  • Must be a Level 2 judge, in good standing, for at least 12 months.
  • Must have scored at least 80% on a Level 3 Preliminary Exam in the last 6 months.
  • Must have acted as Head Judge or Team Leader for at least 5 Competitive (or higher) REL events, managing at least 2 other certified judges, including at least 2 such events in the last 12 months.
  • Must have acted as Head Judge for at least 20 other events, including at least 5 such events from the last 12 months.
  • Must have participated extensively in the pre-certification training and mentoring of at least 2 different judges who certified for Level 1 or Level 2 in the last 12 months.
  • Must demonstrate communication skills sufficient to act as a Team Leader at large, international scale events, such as Grand Prix. Must understand English well enough to be up-to-date on official documents.
  • Must demonstrate participation in the judge community on a regional or global level beyond just being on staff at events (examples include mailing lists, seminars, articles, projects, etc.).
  • Must have written a general (i.e. non-event-specific) self-review in the last 12 months, covering all of the Qualities of Level 3 judges listed above, graded as Strengths or as Areas for Improvement. If that self-review is more than 6 months old, your application must include a brief update indicating progress on the Qualities of Level 3 judges.
  • Must have submitted at least 6 event-specific (non-certification) reviews on other judges in the last 12 months, demonstrating the ability to provide accurate and constructive feedback, on both Strengths and Areas for Improvement.
    • Must include at least one review of a Level 1, of a Level 2, and of a Level 3 judge.
    • Must include reviews on judges of at least 2 Regions.
  • Must have received two written recommendations from Level 3 judges.
    • Each recommendation must cover at least 7 of the 9 Qualities, each graded as Strength or Area for Improvement. Each quality must be supported by specific examples.
    • One of the two recommendations may be co-authored by two Level 3 judges; in that case, the primary recommender is the judge who enters the review and thus vouches for your Level 3 candidacy. Each observation must be credited to one of the recommending judges.
  • Must hold a valid Team Lead Certification or have received confirmation from a GP Head Judge within the last 36 months indicating success in a Team Lead position at a Grand Prix where the evaluating judge was the Head Judge.

If you are interested in the Level 3 Process, are partway through the process and have questions, or need to submit any portion of the checklist, please email Nicolette.