Judging at ISI competitions is done by trained and certified ISI Professional members. All coaches who have students participating in an ISI competition are required to volunteer their time to judge at the event.

In order to become certified to judge at ISI competitions, the Professional must pass at least one level of the ISI Judge Certification Examination. The certification exam is offered online.

All tests are open book. Most answers can be found in the current edition of the ISI Handbook.

This exam style is used to test the candidate’s knowledge of maneuver requirements, competition events, event levels, penalties, and knowledge of where to find the correct information in current ISI publications.

There are five ISI Online Judge Certification exams. The Bronze, Silver and Gold tests must be taken in order. The Synchronized Test may be taken at any time.

The 2016 Update test is still available. New rules went into effect on September 1, 2016 and are valid until August 31, 2018.