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?


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.