Judge Status

Active BJCP Judges

Most members have a status of Active, which indicates that they have had program activity within the last two years. Activity includes judging in a sanctioned competition, taking a BJCP exam, attending a CEP event, working on a committee or service project, grading or administering an exam, or by validating judge contact information using our Change-of-Address web application. 

Inactive BJCP Judges

From time to time, a beer judge decides that active participation is no longer possible. Although we hate to lose you, we appreciate your situation. It would be a great help to us if you would notify us so we can change your status in our records.

Status Codes

We have several status codes used to identify judges who are not currently active:

Judges have had no BJCP activity for at least two years. This is a passive status change based on judge activity and is updated manually by IT staff.
Some judges have asked to be placed in this status, and no longer wish any involvement or contact with the program.
Members who have retired from active judging but wish to remain associated with the program. Judges must request to be placed in this status, otherwise they are likely to appear as Lapsed.
We have a list of those we know about; if you know of any judge who has passed away, please let us know.
Someone whose membership has been terminated for cause by the Board of Directors in accordance with the BJCP Bylaws. To date, only one such person has been banned.
Those who have taken but not passed a BJCP examination, and who were subsequently unable to advance from the Apprentice rank within two years. Those in this status must requalify as a BJCP judge under current requirements for new BJCP members. We will not delete the BJCP or past judging records, but those in this status must identify themselves as a non-BJCP judge.
No Email
Judges who are confirmed to not have an email address. Judges without an email address cannot be contacted, so they won’t be included in lists of judges provided to competitions and also will not receive any program communications.

What happens to your record?

In all cases, we do not erase your judge record — we simply mark it with the appropriate status, and you can still view it online. Judges in one of these status codes are not included in lists of judges provided to competition organizers, are not eligible to vote in BJCP elections, and do not participate in any events, programs, or functions that are offered to Active members.

How can you reverse this status?

If an Inactive judge decides to judge at a competition, the organizer can report the judge’s participation using their BJCP ID and the judge automatically returns to Active status. Judges can also reactivate their record using the Change-of-Address web application.

An Affiliated judge must restart the program as if a new member, following exam requirements in effect at that time. Currently, that means passing an online entrance exam and then a judging exam. 

Making Yourself Inactive

If you need to change your status to Resigned or Retired, simply email the IT Director. Your record will be marked appropriately, and you will no longer be included in lists of Active judges.

If you know of a BJCP judge who is now deceased, please let the IT Director know so we can prevent their family from receiving competition invitations and other BJCP correspondence.