Qualifying Standards


Changes to Qualifying Standards in 2021

Several changes have been made to Provincial, Regional, and National qualifying standards in 2021. Please read this section carefully if you are aiming to compete at one of these levels. For all other competitions at the local level there are no qualifying standards aside from what is required in the IPF Technical Rulebook and our association’s bylaws.

Each section below will outline qualifying standards for each level of competition for normal years. Each section will have a sub-section that details qualifying standards for its respective level of competition for 2021 or 2022. Special consideration has been made for 2021 BC Provincial Championships, 2021 CPU Western Regional Championships, and 2022 CPU National Championships due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unless otherwise announced at a later time, qualifying standards for these levels of competition will revert to their normal standards after the 2022 CPU National Championships.

Provincial Championship Qualifying Standards

In order to meet qualifying standards and compete at BC Provincial Championships, athletes must achieve a qualifying total from an IPF-sanctioned competition within the 24 months prior the start date of the BC Provincial Championships. The qualifying total is the sum of the athlete’s best squat, bench press, and deadlift weights lifted from a single competition.

The provincial qualifying totals are equivalent to the CPU Regional qualifying totals. Click here to view the CPU Regional qualifying totals. Athletes may compete in weight classes other than the one in which they obtained the qualifying total, and athletes who obtain the equipped qualifying total will automatically also qualify to compete unequipped.

Changes for 2021 BC Provincial Championships

No BC Provincial Championships will be held in 2021. This change will affect qualifying standards for Regional and National Championships. Please see their respective sections below.

Regional and National Championship Qualifying Standards

Regional and National Championships are administered by the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU). Both CPU and BCPA have requirements for athletes to compete at a CPU Regional or National Championship. The CPU maintains national qualifying standards and regional qualifying standards.

There are three Regional Championships held by the CPU each year. BC athletes must compete in the Western Regional Championships, which also includes athletes from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

BCPA requirements to compete at a CPU Regional or National Championship are defined in our bylaws. In order to be eligible to compete at a CPU Regional Championships or CPU National Championships members must:

  • Fulfill any CPU requirements;
  • Obtain the relevant CPU qualifying standard at a sanctioned IPF member federation competition consisting of 5 or more lifters;
  • Compete at any CPU Provincial Championships within the 24 months preceding a CPU Regional Championships, if the member has not previously competed at a CPU Regional or higher event;
  • If they have competed at a CPU Regional or higher event previously, compete at or volunteer at their Provincial Championships within the 12 months preceding the CPU Regional or higher event that they wish to compete in. For clarity, each member must compete at or volunteer at the Provincial Championships they would be eligible to compete in themselves within the 12 months preceding the CPU Regional or higher event such member wishes to compete in. The minimum obligation of volunteer time shall be determined by the Board of Directors. For an exemption under this section 14:08(iv), a member must submit in writing a request for exemption to the Board of Directors at least fourteen days prior to the date of the BC Provincial Championships such member is scheduled to compete or volunteer at. An exemption will be granted only in extenuating circumstances and solely at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors and committee members may be exempt from these requirements upon request.

Changes for 2021 CPU Regional Championships

The following changes have been made by the CPU in regards to their qualifying standards for CPU Regional Championships in 2021:

  1. No qualifying total is required for athletes to compete at CPU Regional Championships in 2021.
  2. Athletes must have competed in at least one CPU competition since January 1, 2018.

If an athlete has never competed in the CPU before or if an athlete has not competed since January 1, 2018 then they must do the following to compete at CPU Regional Championships in 2021:

  • Send a video of themselves performing each lift according to the IPF rules and following the respective commands to their provincial association no later than 4 weeks prior to the registration deadline.
  • Send photos of all their IPF approved equipment that they intend on competing with at the CPU Regional Championships to their provincial association no later than 4 weeks prior to the registration deadline.
  • Attend a virtual competition clinic provided by their provincial association, which will go over rules, expectations and format of competition no later than 4 weeks prior to scheduled event.
  • Purchase a CPU membership prior to registering for their CPU Regional Championships.
  • Register for their respective CPU Regional Championships.

The deadline for first-time lifters to submit their videos and photos has passed!

Due to BC Provincial Championships not being held in 2021, the following change has been implemented by the BCPA for its athletes who wish to compete at 2021 CPU Western Regional Championships:

  • Athlete does not have to compete or volunteer at BC Provincial Championships prior to competing at 2021 CPU Western Regional Championships.

Changes for 2022 CPU National Championships

Due to BC Provincial Championships not being held in 2021, the following change has been implemented by the BCPA for its athletes who wish to compete at 2022 CPU National Championships:

  • Athlete does not have to compete or volunteer at BC Provincial Championships prior to competing at 2022 CPU National Championships.
  • Athlete must compete at or volunteer at a BCPA-run competition prior to competing at 2022 CPU National Championships, or volunteer at 2021 CPU Western Regional Championships. The minimum obligation of volunteer time shall be determined by the Board of Directors. For an exemption from this requirement, a member must submit in writing a request for exemption to the Board of Directors at least twelve weeks prior to the date of the 2022 CPU National Championships. An exemption will be granted only in extenuating circumstances and solely at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors and committee members may be exempt from these requirements upon request.