What is the IPSC classification system?

The primary reason for the development of the IPSC Classification System (ICS), was the member demand for a national and international ranking system that provides a vehicle for true peer-to-peer recognition.


ICS is a dynamic system meaning competitor classifications will move up or down based on their performance. Classifications are calculated by Division. Competitors will need to submit scores for each Division in which they wish to be classified.

Classifier Stage results are calculated by comparing a competitor’s Classifier Stage hit factor to the highest hit factors for that Classifier Stage. The competitor’s Classifier Stage results will be their hit factor divided by the top average hit factor for that stage.

As ICS develops and the best competitors record their scores, the class percentages will better reflect a competitor’s performance. This will accurately exhibit improvements in both equipment and technique as the sport evolves.

Classifier Matches will be recorded as shown in the Division results.

A competitor can achieve initial classification with 4 scores. Following this, the classification will be based on the average of the best 4 scores of the most recent 8 classification records submitted.

In order to maintain their Classification, competitors must keep current IPSC membership and submit scores for a minimum of two Classification Stages or one Classifier Match each calendar year.

Competitors may be removed from the ICS system at the end of the second consecutive year where no scores are submitted.

Medals are awarded in conjunction with the Classification system in an age categorization which are: Super Junior (under 16 years), Junior (under 21 years), Senior (over 50 years) and Super Senior (over 60 years). Anyone aged between 20 and 50 will not stipulate a category when registering for a match.


Grand Master – GM 95% to 100%
Master – M 85% to 94.999%
A 75% to 84.999%
B 60% to 74.999%
C 40% to 59.999%
D 39.999% and below
U Undefined

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