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IPSF Level 1 Certificate in the Aerial Hoop Code of Points

"Develop successful aerial hoop routines in accordance with IPSF requirements for all levels of competition.”

The  IPSF Level 1 Certificate in the Aerial Hoop Code of Points is the first step on the  IPSF Training Pathway. The qualification focuses on understanding the  Aerial Hoop Code of Points, introducing aerial hoop enthusiasts, athletes and prospective  judges to the judging sections as well as helping them to break down the  technical and tactical elements of the scoring system.

Who is this course designed for?

The IPSF Level 1 Certificate in the Aerial Hoop Code of Points is suitable for:

  • Those aerial hoop enthusiasts who are new to the code of points
  • Those wishing to enrol on the IPSF Level 2 Judges Certificate.
  • Those wishing to become and IPSF recognised coach at the WASC
  • Those   with a basic understanding of the code of points such as an athlete and  would like to enhance their learning to enhance their competitive  programme

Those taking this qualification may like to further their own development by attending the IPSF Level 2 Judges Certificate.

What level does the level 1 certificate qualify me to do?

The  course will qualify the successful candidate to develop aerial hoop routines in accordance with IPSF requirements for all levels of  competition.

Passing the course will allow the participant to apply for World Aerial Sports Championships coach status.


Course pathway


Level 4 Certificate in Master Training
This  course  is by IPSF invitation only. Those selected must have a high  level of  experience in judging, must be certified as a head judge and  must  recertify annually at 80% pass rate as well as having a good  foundation  in teaching pole sports and aerial hoop.


Level 3 Certificate in Head Judging Pole and Aerial Sports
This   course gives the participant a high level of understanding of how to   oversee a judging panel at national level. This course is suitable for   those who would like to progress from level 2 and those wishing to   oversee national and regional competitions for federations. All judges   must have judged for a minimum of 1 year and recertified with 80% pass   rate.


Level 2 Re-Certification in Judging Pole and Aerial Sports
This   course gives the participant a good level of understanding of the code   of points and how to apply the code to judging. This is suitable for those who would like to progress from level 1, those wishing to compete   or coach and those seeking a higher level of knowledge of the IPSF scoring system. All participants must have a high level of  understanding  of pole sports, aerial hoop and their movements.


Level 1 certificate in the Aerial Hoop Code of Points
This course give the participant an introduction and basic level of   understanding of the code of points. This is suitable for those wishing to compete, seek knowledge of the scoring system or as an introduction to becoming an IPSF EPIC coach.

 What are the requirements to attend the course?

Candidates are required to:

  • Be at least 10 years of age on the first day of the course
  • Have some experience of aerial hoop
  • Demonstrate  knowledge and understanding of what is required when executing the  elements of aerial hoop and the technicalities required when  participating in it.

In order to help you to decide whether to apply for the course we have provided some self check questions that will help you:

  • Can you identify the difference between doubles and singles aerial hoop?
  • Can you identify the amateur and elite level movements in aerial hoop?
  • Can you identify the differences between strength and flexibility based moves?
  • Can you tell the difference between a spin, pose, trick,element, transition and an acrobatic movement on and off the hoop?

If you are unsure about any of the information above please do not hesitate to contact the IPSF Training team at

How is the course delivered?

The  IPSF Level 1 Certificate in the Aerial Hoop Code of Points will be delivered by an  accredited IPSF tutor. It will be split into the following phases:

Phase 1- Pre-course study - please note this will take approximately 5 hours and  must be completed before attending the three hour tutor led training  session

Phase 2 - 5 hour tutor led training (either face to face or via the Zoom online platform)

Phase 3 - Written assessment - Online assessment covering all aspect of the pre-course study and live training

Throughout the taught programme the theoretical “Understanding the Aerial Hoop Code of Points” skills are threaded through the technical and tactical “How to identify”  skills, both by discussion and review of videos. As a result you will  have many opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback on the  Code of Points 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 who achieve 80% pass rate or more will receive a certificate

Course objectives

On successful completion of the Level 1 Certificate in the Code of Points, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the categories and divisions
  • Identify the role of the judge's team.
  • Identify the 4 sections of judging
  • Understand how to complete bonus and compulsory forms
  • Identify the athlete requirements
  • Maintain high standards of behaviour with athletes, coaches and officials

Demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Code of points.
  • National rules and the WASC rules
  • Deadlines
  • Athlete and judges penalties
  • Preliminaries, qualifications and finals
  • Working with athletes, attitudes and ethics.


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

Booking & Cost
Cost - £40

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.

Please note that to transfer to another course date is to be arranged through the IPSF Training Administrator, and will only be done at a cost of £20 per transfer requested.

Please note the course will only go ahead if there are a minimum of 5 participants registered 1 week before the course. If the course is cancelled due to low participation, the IPSF Training Administrator will contact you to arrange a transfer at no cost to you.

What's included?

1 Quiz
2 Texts
3 PDFs
1 Download
1 Presentation
1 Exam
Bianca Scholten
Bianca Scholten
Master Trainer

About the instructor

Bianca has been involved in the pole  industry in South Africa for a number of years as a student, instructor,  competitor, and at national federation level.  Bianca was one of the first IPSF qualified judges in South Africa (and  in Africa), and qualified as the first Head Judge in Africa.  Bianca  joined the IPSF as a member of the technical committee in 2015, and took over as the Technical Director in 2016.  In 2017,  Bianca took over from Kate Whitley as the Vice President.  


Bianca is passionate about pole fitness  and pole sports, and enjoys pushing herself and her students, taking  every opportunity to learn.  The need for a consistent and transparent system is what drew Bianca to the IPSF in the  first place; the drive for recognition as an Olympic Sport is one that  Bianca is excited to be involved in.

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