Each competitor must be a member of the NPC.


  • Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. Competitors can compete in an off the rack suit. All swimsuits must be in good taste.
  • Figure will not have a routine round.
  • Competitors must wear high heels.
  • Competitors may wear jewelry
  • NATIONAL LEVEL contests do not permit competitors to crossover into Bodybuilding, Fitness or Bikini at the same event. All other competitions are permitted to have crossovers at the discretion of the promoter with appropriate approval.
  • Take a look at our recent NPC contest galleries for examples of approved  swimsuits and styles.


For national level contests that are professional qualifiers:

  • Up to and including 5’1”
  • Over 5’1” and up to and including 5’2-1/2”
  • Over 5’2-1/2 and up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’5-1/2”
  • Over 5’5-/12 and up to and including 5’7”
  • Over 5’7”

A promoter can choose to have fewer height classes for non national level contests as follows:

  • Up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4”
  • Up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’6”
  • Over 5’6”
  • Up to and including 5’2”
  • Over 5’2” and up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’6”
  • Over 5’6”


Figure division competitors will be checked in and measured.


Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone and perform quarter (1/4) turns, face the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage.

  • Competitors will be judged wearing a two-piece swimsuit and high heels
  • The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do quarter turns
  • Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in quarter turns.

Judges will be scoring competitors using the following criteria:

  • Small degree of muscularity with separation, no visible striations
  • Overall muscle tone with shapely lines, overall firmness and not excessively lean
  • Full general assessment
  • Healthy appearance
  • Make-up
  • Skin tone

If you need help or are unsure of how to execute the above instructions then please take a look at the following videos.


NPC Junior USA Championships

NPC Junior National Championships

NPC Masters Nationals Championships

NPC USA Championships

NPC Universe Championships

IFBB North American Championships

NPC National Championships


Who Qualifies for Figure National Level Competitions?

Beginning January 1, 2018 athletes must place top 2 in an open class at a National Qualifier to be qualified for any National show. All athletes that qualified in 2017 for a National contest are eligible to compete in in a National Contest in 2018. Also, athletes that place 3rd, 4th or 5th place at the USA or Nationals are also qualified for one year.


The following must be provided with your entry:

  • NPC fitness contest you entered
  • Date of your contest
  • Contest promoter
  • Your height class and final placing


The NPC has figure contests all over the United States. Take a look at the schedule below for a NPC contest in your area.


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February 19th, 2018

I am very happy to announce that the 2018 NPC Contest Season will be the biggest and best ever. If you are a United States Citizen you have the ability to qualify to compete for IFBB Professional League status in the following (9) events.

  • 2018 NPC Arnold Amateur (Columbus, Ohio)
  • 2018 NPC Junior USA Championships (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • 2018 NPC Junior National Championships (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 2018 NPC Universe Championships (Teaneck, New Jersey)
  • 2018 NPC Masters National Championships (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • 2018 NPC USA Championships (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • 2018 NPC North American Championships (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • 2018 NPC Amateur Olympia (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • 2018 NPC National Championships (Miami, Florida)

 (If you achieve a Pro Card at one of these events then you are eligible to compete under the rules and regulations of the IFBB Professional League.)


The 2018 IFBB Professional League has worked diligently to increase the number of contests and prize money.
This year the prize money, including the Mr. Olympia, will be a record $4 million dollars plus!  IFBB Professional League Contest Schedule.


International competitors and those that possess a Green Card, but not United States Citizenship, who would like to earn a pro card to become eligible to compete in the IFBB Professional League can compete in the following (3) NPC sanctioned events.

  1. 2018 NPC Arnold Amateur (Columbus, Ohio)
  2. 2018 NPC North American Championships (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  3. 2018 NPC Amateur Olympia (Las Vegas, Nevada)


International competitors also have the opportunity to compete and earn a pro card currently in 56 IFBB Professional League Qualifier Events around the world.
IFBB Professional League Qualifier Contest Schedule  

I look forward to seeing you all compete this year and Good Luck in achieving your IFBB Professional League Status.