Frequently Asked Questions Why is there a cap on the number of points judges can earn per competition? What are experience points? How do I log into my BJCP account after passing the online entrance exam? How do I set up a BJCP-like organization in my country? How do we set up a BJCP presence in our country? How long after I take a judging exam until I can log into the website? When will my exam results be posted? Why did judges for a competition not receive an email notification that their points were recorded? I want to use your style guidelines; can I? Can I use the BJCP logo? Do you have to retest to stay active as a judge? Why can’t I assign a person to be a judge and a steward? How many points can I assign to judges at a competition? How do I advance as a grand master? I believe I’ve earned a rank advancement; when will it show on my record? How can I schedule a written exam? I can’t login to the web site. All the exams are full; what do I do? How do I sign up for an exam? How do I get a replacement pin, member card, certificate, etc.? How do I find out the status of an exam I administered? How soon do I get my BJCP number? What if I judged at a competition and didn’t get points or the points are wrong? I haven’t judged in several years and don’t know what to do to get active. I forgot my BJCP number. How do I get it? How do I retire from the BJCP? I submitted an organizer’s report but need to make changes. How do I do that? How do I advance in rank? What can’t I login with my BJCP number from my online certificate? How do I claim retroactive points? I want to hold a competition but I’m not a BJCP member (or maybe even a homebrewer). How do I proceed? I judged BOS but didn’t get points for it. How do I get them? Can I earn Continuing Education Points (CEP) prior to becoming a judge? I get too many competition invites. How do I opt out of emails? What happens to judges who are lapsed or expired, or age out of the Affiliated status? What is a Provisional judge? Will you remove the exam site quotas? Why did you reduce the number of questions on the Beer Written Exam? Why did you increase the number of beers in the Beer Judging Exam? Why did you change the beer exam? How do I qualify for the Beer Written Exam? I’m a BJCP judge. Can I sign up for the Judging Exam? Why don’t you publish the online question pool? What’s the difference between a Provisional Judge, an Apprentice Judge, a Rank Pending judge, and an Affiliated Judge? I’m a Recognized judge. How do I advance to Certified? I’m an existing BJCP judge. Do I have to take the online Beer Entrance Exam? Can I earn BJCP points prior to taking the exam? What happens to judges who are not active? How do I make change suggestions to help improve the BJCP Style Guidelines? What about the Mead Judge Exam? How do I become a grader? How do I register for an exam? How do I learn about the exam’s structure? How do I become a judge? What’s the difference between a Category, Subcategory, Style, and Sub-style? Can I use your style names or numbers in my application? I want to post your guidelines on my web site. Can I do that? What if I want to reformat the guidelines or use them a different way? I think I found an error. How do I report it? I think there should be other styles there. How does that happen? The guidelines seem to treat styles differently. Why is that? Why are the styles grouped the way there are? Where did those numbers come from? How were they determined? Why do you keep changing the guidelines? How come my favorite beer isn’t on your list? How did you choose the commercial examples? Styles are evil, according to a well-known brewer. I should be able to brew what I want. Who are you to tell me how to brew? Who gave you the right to tell me what a given beer style is like? Why have style guidelines? Where can I find out more? Do people get dropped from the BJCP if they don’t judge? How do you rejoin the BJCP? How do I join the BJCP? What is the significance of my BJCP number? What is our corporate/financial/tax status? How come I don’t see minutes of the board meetings? But can’t I chew out the BJCP on FaceBook? I have a problem, question, complaint, etc. Whom do I contact? What is FaceBook and how does it relate to the BJCP? What are the Bylaws? Who are all these people and how do I get in touch with them? What are the duties and responsibilities of these people? How is the BJCP organized?