Classifier Education / Certification
The BWF Classifier Education and Certification Programme provides the framework and requirements to train, develop and maintain International Para-Badminton Classifiers.
The programme defines the requirements needed for different levels of certification and the conditions to maintain certification and to advance to a higher level.
Appendix 6 of the Classification Regulations provides details of the education and certification of classifiers. The Guidelines for Classifier Education and Certification detail the training programme for Level 1 International Classifiers.
Level 1 International Classifiers
For new classifiers, there are two main stages and the programme involves a minimum commitment of:
- Attendance at two international tournaments where training
will be conducted:
- one day of workshops / training theory;
- one day of observation of player evaluation;
- two days observation of players in competition.
- Participation in workshops, theory sessions, observation
and practical tasks.
- Completion of written assignment work between the
two international events.
- Completion of assessment tasks.
Trainee classifiers will receive a certificate of attendance after the first stage of the training course (linked here) with a summary assessment report on progress towards certification.
Pre-requisites for Training
There are a number of pre-requisites to undertaking classifier training and to becoming a BWF International Classifier. These are:
- Qualified in one or more of the following disciplines:
a medical professional - a doctor or physiotherapist (or practitioner from a related discipline) who has knowledge and experience in dealing with people with the impairments and the Activity Limitations described in the Sport Profiles;
a technical expert with in-depth knowledge of biomechanics of sport/human movement and have significant expertise in the technical aspects of badminton.
- Able to communicate effectively in English - undertake classifier training and conduct player evaluations in English.
- Able to commit time as a para-badminton classifier once qualified.
The following would be a significant advantage in training to be a para-badminton classifier:
- Experience and/or qualifications as a national classifier in para-badminton.
- Experience and/or international classifier in another sport.
- Knowledge of badminton, its rules and physical and technical demands of the sport.