Black Belt Certification

Become a Certified Black Belt:

The athletes and professors certified by IBJJF will have their belt rank recognized by an official sport organization. To be certified as a black belt by IBJJF, the athlete or professor must complete the necessary requirements.

In order to be eligible to apply for the Black Belt Certificate applicants must have a valid membership as Black Belt, and cannot be considered Provisional Black Belt.

Required Documents:

– Certificate of a CPR course; (for first-time applicants only).

– IBJJF Rules Seminar Certificate of Approval completed within the last 12 months (approval will require a score of at least 60% on the test administered during the Rules Seminar).
Note: due to the interruption of referee courses during the COVID-19 pandemic, IBJJF will be accepting courses completed on or after January 1st, 2019 for the time being.

– All USA residents are required to have a clean background check within the last year provided by SSCI. Please refer to the “background check page” for more information regarding background checks.

Please note:
 – Time for your degrees will be evaluated based on the rules laid out in Article 4.1.3 of the IBJJF Graduation System. Please refer to the IBJJF Graduation System found at

Once the Application for Black Belt Certificate is approved, the applicant will be notified via email and will then be able to complete the payment online through their account.  Once the online payment has been made, the Black Belt Certification will be officially registered with IBJJF, and the certificate will be mailed shortly.

This documentation will be analyzed and subject to approval from IBJJF.

It may take up to 30 days to process your black belt certificate application.

To create a winning environment for athlete safety, the IBJJF highly recommends for all Black Belt Certificate applicants living in the United States to register for the online SafeSport Training Course in order to understand the core concepts behind creating a safe and positive sport environment and to learn how to identify, prevent and respond to issues of misconduct.

To learn more about SafeSport and how to register for the SafeSport Training course, please click HERE.