IPSF Level 2 Certificate in Judging



“Judge, transparent and fair competitions in line with the International Pole sports Federation Code of Points and Rules and Regulations.”


The IPSF Level 2 Certificate in Judging is the second step on the EPIC Training Pathway for those wishing to develop their knowledge from the Level 1 Certificate in the Code of Points training. The only qualification of its kind focuses on understanding how to fairly judge IPSF Pole Sports athletes, the areas of judging, ethics and rules and regulations.


This is the most in-depth course of its kind for pole sports and will give you an inside understanding of the process to become a successful pole sports judge.


Who is this course designed for?


This IPSF Level 2 Certificate in Judging is suitable for:

  • Athletes looking to further enhance their knowledge
  • Coaches looking to further enhance their knowledge
  • Enthusiasts looking to become a judge
  • Those who have passed the IPSF Level 1 Certificate in the Code of Points
  • Federations and competitions organisers who have been endorsed by the IPSF.

What level does the IPSF level 2 certificate in Judging qualify me to do?


The course will qualify the successful candidate to:

  • Judge IPSF regional competitions
  • Judge IPSF national competitions
  • Apply for World Pole Sports Championships coach status.

What are the requirements to attend the course?

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a good to high level (intermediate to advanced) understanding of pole sports movements (you do not need to perform any elements and there is no practical pole work on the course).
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of what is required to perform Pole Sports and the technicalities required when participating in competitions.
  • To re-certify annually
  • To take part in mandatory free Continued Professional Development (CPD)


How is the course delivered?

The IPSF Level 2 Certificate in Judging will be delivered by an accredited EPIC tutor. It will be split into the following phases:


Phase 1 – Written pre-course study: Complete the online study of the learning materials and pass the quizzes to test the level of understanding. Please note this will take approximately 10-15 hours and must be completed before attending the tutor led training


Phase 2 - Pre course tasks: Complete the critique of the 2 videos to prepare for the practical course sessions


Phase 3 - Course delivery day 1: Tutor led instruction; tutor will observe throughout the singles judging practical session.


Phase 4 - Mid course task: Complete IPSF compulsory and bonus forms as an athlete.


Phase 5 - Course delivery day 2: Tutor led instruction; tutor will observe throughout the doubles judging practical session.


Phase 6 – Video judging pre-assessment study: Complete the online study of the learning materials and pass the quizzes to test the level of understanding.


Phase 7 – Video judging assessment: Practical judging competency assessment.


Phase 8 - Written assessment - Multiple choice assessments to include questions on all elements of the judging course.


Throughout the taught programme the theoretical “Understanding the Code of Points” skills are threaded through the technical and tactical “How judge” skills, both by discussion and review of videos. As a result you will have many opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback on the Judging skills that you have learnt. You will be assessed through an independent online assessment within two weeks of the end of the course.


Successful candidates that achieve 60% pass rate or more will achieve certification.


Course objectives


On successful completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Judging Pole Sports, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the role of each member of the judging team and their assisting staff.
  • Identify the IPSF rules, regulations and ethical code
  • Judge all sections of the IPSF code of points.
  • Demonstrate an ability to judge a regional and national IPSF competition under the guidance of the IPSF certified head judge.
  • Promote and establish working relationships with other qualified judges and head judges.
  • Maintain high standards of behaviour with athletes, coaches and officials


Demonstrate an understanding of:


  • Technical bonus scoring and judging.
  • Technical deduction scoring and judging
  • Art and chorography scoring and judging
  • Compulsory scoring and judging
  • How to add up scores
  • Each category and division requirements
  • How to complete paperwork
  • Athlete and judges penalties
  • Planning to judge
  • Working with athletes, attitudes and ethics.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of further personal development opportunities in Pole Sports, including judging, coaching and sports therapy.




All candidates will receive high quality downloadable resources to support the qualification.  These will include an induction pack and IPSF Code of Points, rules and regulations and resource sheet to support the core learning outcomes.



Booking & Cost


Cost - £199



  • Click on the booking link below and complete the online form
  • Tick the course you would like to attend
  • Click send once you have completed the form
  • You will then be redirected to the EPIC Training Online Platform
  • Complete your details
  • Pay securely via PayPal or with your credit card
  • Receive the automated link to log in and view the EPIC platform

In order to book your course date you will need to apply a maximum of 7 days before the course start date. This is in order to make sure you have read and understood the pre course study material in preparation for the course.  Course dates will not be bookable within 7 days of the course.





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