Qualifying for IFBB Pro Status

For United States Citizens



United States citizens must compete in an NPC sanctioned contest to become an IFBB professional because the NPC is the national affiliate to the IFBB in the United States. If you compete in another federation, and receive any form of prize, then you can be ineligible to compete in the NPC, and thus the IFBB.


Men's Bodybuilding

The NPC Men's National Championships has six weight classes: bantamweight, lightweight, middleweight, light-heavywight, heavyweight and super-heavyweight. All six class winners in the contest are eligible to request professional status.

The NPC USA Championships has six weight classes. Before 1999, only the top overall winner was eligible to request pro status. In 1999, the top two winners (overall and runner-up) were eligible for professional status.

At the IFBB World Championships, each weight class winner is eligible for pro status.

At the IFBB North American Championships, the overall winners is eligible for professional status.


Women's Bodybuilding

The NPC Women's National Championships has three weight classes: Lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight. All three class winners in the contest are eligible to request professional status.

The NPC USA Championships has three weight classes. The overall winner is eligible for professional status.

At the IFBB World Championships, each weight class winner is eligible for pro status.

At the IFBB North American Championships, the overall winners is eligible for professional status.


Women's Fitness

The NPC Fitness Nationals Championships has three height classes. In 1999, the overall winner plus the 1st runner up in each height class was eligible for professional status. Prior to 1999, there were two height classes, and the overall winner was eligible for pro status.

The NPC USA Championships has three height classes. In 1999, the overall winner plus the 1st runner up in each height class was eligible for professional status. Prior to 1999, there were two height classes, and the overall winner was eligible for pro status.

The NPC Team Universe Championships has three height classes. In 1999, the overall winner plus the 1st runner up in each height class was eligible for professional status.