Please note the following qualification change for both the NPC National Bodybuilding Championships and IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships. No longer does placing First Overall in an area body building championship of the unrestricted classes qualify you for either competition.

MEDIA INFO

NPC Press Credentials

All Media Requests Must Be Approved By The NPC National Office, npcfirst@aol.com

OTHER RULES OF NOTE

The NPC will not impose any sanction or penalty, or otherwise interfere in any way with, any person on account of that person’s participation in any amateur bodybuilding or other amateur fitness contest offered by another organization, whether such person is an athlete, promoter, sponsor, vendor, or otherwise, and does not condone, ratify, facilitate or permit such actions by any NPC officer and/or employee.

NPC NATIONAL CONTEST IFBB PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE QUALIFYING INFORMATION

  • Men’s & Women’s Overall Winners
  • Fitness ~ Overall Winner (3 Classes)
  • Figure ~ 3 Class Winners (6 Classes)
  • Bikini ~ 4 Class Winners ( 8 Classes)
  • Women’s Physique ~  Class Winners (2-4 Classes *DEPENDING ON NUMBER OF ENTRIES*)
  • Men’s Physique ~ 3 Class Winners (6 Classes)
  • Classic Physique ~ Top 2 Placings in each class (4 classes)
  • Class Winners in Fitness (3 Height Classes)
  • Class Winners in Figure (6 Height Classes)
  • Class Winners in Bikini (6 or 8 Height Classes)
  • Class Winners in Men’s Physique (6 Height Classes)
  • Class Winners in Women’s Physique (4 Height Classes)
  • Class Winners in Men’s Classic Physique (4 Classes)
  • Top 2 In Each Class (3 Height Classes)
  • Open Figure the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
  • Masters Over-35 Figure: Winner of Each Height Class*
  • Masters Over-40 Figure: Winner of Each Height Class*
  • Open Bikini: Top 2 in each Height Class (6 or 8 Height Classes)
  • Masters Over-35 Bikini: Winner of Each Height Class*
  • Masters Over-40 Bikini: Winner of Each Height Class*
  • Women’s Physique: Top 2 in each Height Class (4 Height Classes)
  • Masters Over-40 Women’s Physique: Winner of Each Height Class*
  • Open Men’s Physique: Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
  • Masters Over-35 Men’s Physique: Winner of Each Height Class*
  • Masters Over-40 Men’s Physique: Winner of Each Height Class*
  • Open Men’s Bodybuilding: Overall Winner**
  • Masters Over-35 Men’s Bodybuilding: Overall Winner
  • Masters Over-40 Men’s Bodybuilding: Overall Winner
  • Masters Over-50 Men’s Bodybuilding: Overall Winner
  • Men’s Classic Physique the top 2 in each Height Class (3 or 4 Classes)
  • Masters Over-35 Men’s Classic Physique: Overall Winner
  • Masters Over-40 Men’s Classic Physique: Overall Winner
  • Masters Over-50 Men’s Classic Physique: Overall Winner

*Number of classes will be determined according to number of competitors

**Men’s Open Bodybuilding is the only tested division in this contest – IFBB drug testing rules are in effect, as the Men’s Open Bodybuilding class winners will join the Team representing the USA at the IFBB World Championships

  • Men’s & Women’s Overall Winners
  • Figure 35 and Over, 40 and Over, 45 and Over, 50 and Over, 60 and Over – Class winners
  • Bikini 35 and Over, 40 and Over, 45 and Over, 50 and Over – Class winners
  • Men Physique 35 and Over, 40 and Over, 45 and Over – Top 2 in each Height Class
  • Men Physique 50 and Over – Class winners
  • Men Classic Physique – Top 2 in each Class
  • Men Classic Physique 35 and Over – Top 2 in each Height Class
  • Men Classic Physique 40 and Over – Top 2 in each Height Class
  • Men Classic Physique 50 and Over – Top 2 in eachHeight Class
  • Women Physique 35 and Over and 40 and Over – Top 2 in each Height Class
  • Women Physique 45 and Over, 50 and Over, 60 and Over – Class winners
  • Women BB 35 and Over, 40 and Over, 45 and Over, 50 and Over and 60 and Over – Overall winners
  • Men BB 35 and Over, and 40 and Over – Top 4 placings in the Overall
  • Men BB 50 and Over – Top 2 placings in the Overall
  • Men BB 60 and Over – Overall Winner
  • Men BB 70 and Over – 1st place Winners

*Teen and Collegiate competitors do NOT qualify for IFBB Professional League Status

  • Men’s Bodybuilding All Class Winners (7 Weight Classes)
  • Top 2 Placers in the Overall of Women’s Bodybuilding (4 Weight Classes)
  • Figure the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
  • Bikini the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 or 8 Height Classes)
  • Men’s Physique the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
  • Women’s Physique the Top 2 in each Height Class (4 Height Classes)
  • Men’s Classic Physique the top 2 in each Height Class (4 Classes)
  • Figure Open, 35 and Over, 40 and Over, 50 and Over – Class winners
  • Fitness Open – Class winners
  • Bikini Open, 35 and Over, 40 and Over, 45 and Over, 50 and Over – Class winners
  • Men Physique Open, 35 and Over, 40 and Over – Top 2 in each Height Class
  • Men Classic Physique Open, 35 and Over, 40 and Over – Top 2 in each Height Class
  • Women Physique Open, 35 and Over and 40 and Over – Top 2 in each Height Class
  • Women BB Open, 35 and Over, 40 and Over – Overall winners
  • Men BB Open, 35 and Over, and 40 and Over – Top 3 placings in the Overall
  • Men BB 50 and Over – Top 2 placings in the Overall
  • Men BB 60 and Over – Overall Winner
  • Men BB 70 and Over – 1st Place
  • Men’s Bodybuilding the Top 2 in each Weight Class (7 Weight Classes)
  • Class Winners in Women’s Bodybuilding (4 Weight Classes)
  • Figure the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
  • Bikini the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 or 8 Height Classes)
  • Men’s Physique the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
  • Women’s Physique the Top 2 in each Height Class (4 Height Classes)
  • Men’s Classic Physique the top 2 in each Height Class (4 Classes)

CROSSOVERS

Rule for events where one competitor could win two pro cards due to competing in multiple divisions.

NPC Masters Nationals and IFBB North American Championships

When an event that is a pro qualifier, such as the NPC MASTERS NATIONALS and the IFBB NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, has the possibility of the same competitor winning two Divisions, and also two pro cards, the pro card that is awarded last in the Schedule of Events will be awarded to the second-highest placing in the Overall judging of the last judged Division.

For example, at the NPC MASTERS NATIONALS, if a competitor wins the Overall of the Mens Over 50 Division he is awarded an IFBB pro card. If the same competitor wins the Overall of the Mens Over 40 Division, the pro card in the Mens Over 40 Division, which is judged after the Mens Over 50 Division, will go to the second highest placing competitor in the Overall judging of the Mens Over 40 Division.

Proof of citizenship must be one of the following:

  • A birth certificate
  • A voter’s registration card
  • Military discharge papers
  • Naturalization Papers – Form N560
  • Consular Service Form FS24 for those born outside of the United States to US parents

Note: Residency is four (4) months prior to a contest or must be a full time student in the area.

Definition of Novice

If an athlete has placed in the top ten (10) of any national event (including the IFBB North American Championships), the athlete is no longer considered a novice.

A true novice is an athlete that has never entered an NPC event.

Who Qualifies for 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.

  1. This qualifies the competitor for competition on the national level for a period of one (1) full calendar year after the year that the qualification took place
  2. Only if a competitor’s one (1) year qualification has expired can an athlete enter a state or higher level national qualifying competition even if they have already won the overall title.

ELIGIBILITY FOR IFBB PRO LEAGUE

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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.