Professor Certifications

This guide is based on the official guide from TPCi.
The Professor Program currently offers three certifications: Organizer, TCG Judge, and VG Judge. Certifications are valid for 14 months following the relevant Professor Exam approval date.

Organizer

Professors who organize and sanction local events, and help with event administration and scorekeeping. Professors with the Organizer certification can use the official Pokémon website to schedule and advertise tournaments, and they gain access to the Tournament Operations Manager (TOM) software. Organizers are responsible for all the details of tournaments they host, such as securing the location, selecting the structure and format, reporting the results, recruiting a judge team, and much more.

TCG Judge

Professors who teach and judge the rules of the game at Play! Pokémon TCG events. A Judge certification shows that the Professor is committed to administering impartial rulings and assisting the Organizer in running a quality tournament. It is not a requirement to have a Judge certification in order to act as a judge at a Play! Pokémon event, but it is strongly recommended.

VG Judge

Professors who teach and judge the rules of the game at Play! Pokémon video game events. A Judge certification shows that the Professor is committed to administering impartial rulings and assisting the Organizer in running a quality tournament. It is not a requirement to have a Judge certification in order to act as a judge at a Play! Pokémon event, but it is strongly recommended.