Frequently Asked Questions
When will my membership card arrive?
Once your membership application and payment have been received this is processed very swiftly and your membership card is usually sent out the following day.
If you have completed an online application and this has processed correctly, you will receive your membership number immediately, which will allow you to enter competitions.
Which region should I select when applying for membership?
When joining British Powerlifting you must register in the area that you are officially resident. Joining other Divisions for 'better', 'more frequent' or 'more convenient' competitions cheats legitimate members of that Division out of competition medals and potentially records.
If you are resident in England then you can to check which Division you belong to by visiting: http://www.englishpowerlifting.co.uk/#!english-divisions/c2069
You can not be a member of more than one Division. If you move to another region, please contact our Membership Registrar to amend your membership details.
I live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, how do I apply for membership?
If you are resident in Scotland then you should visit the following link: http://www.scottishpowerlifting.com/apply-online/
If you are resident in Northern Ireland you should visit: http://www.nipfpowerlifting.co.uk/join.php
How do I find competitions in my area?
Many British Powerlifting regions have their own Facebook Pages, but you can also stay in touch with our Powerlifting community on the British Powerlifting Facebook Discussion Group found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gbpowerfed/
Follow the link to view a full list of British Powerlifting Competitions .
I have never competed before, what should I expect?
If you have never competed before or are relatively new to the sport, don't panic. There will be plenty of officials and other lifters available on the day to give advice, so please remember to ask somebody if you are unsure about anything. It is sensible to attend other events in advance to get a feel for the competition environment and the running of the day. We would also recommend joining a local Powerlifting Club to meet and train alongside like minded people.
For more detailed advice here is a brief introductory guide to competing within British Powerlifting.
Please also read the following useful article for tips about how to improve your performance on competition day.
The online entry system for British Championships is not working.
There are often simple reasons why lifters cannot use the online entry system. These are usually centred around problems with email addresses or membership numbers. The following guidance usually solves the majority of issues..
Email Addresses: Entry can only be made using your exact email address as submitted when registering for British Powerlifting membership. If your email address was incorrectly entered at point of sign-up this will cause issues. If in doubt, or your email address has changed since joining, please contact our Membership Registrar for clarification.
Membership Number: Your Membership Number must be entered in the following format: GB123456. Please do not include your regional prefix.
Will I be drug tested?
British Powerlifting is a drug tested Powerlifting organisation and as a member of our organisation you could be tested at any event.
British Powerlifting adheres to WADA Protocols and is the only UK Powerlifting organisation to conduct 'fully independent' drug testing in line with WADA guidelines.
Please visit our Anti-Doping Page to find out more.
Who will I be tested by?
British Powerlifting use independent companies such as IDTM or PWC to carry out their testing. The urine samples are collected and handled only by representatives of these companies. Analysis of samples is carried out by WADA accredited laboratories.
What clothing should I wear?
It is essential that you wear the appropriate clothing for Powerlifting, this applies at all levels. You will be expected to wear equipment in accordance with IPF Technical Rules and only equipment that is listed on the IPF Approved List.
N.B. There may be some leniency applied at Novice and Divisional Level, if Equipment meets IPF Technical Specifications, but at English National Level or Higher, any equipment used must be IPF Approved. Please contact your Home Nation, Divisional Representative or competition organiser for clarification.
Can wear clothing with my Club logo on?
Yes, absolutely. Clubs and gyms are the cornerstone of the Powerlifting community.
In domestic British Powerlifting competitions you are permitted to wear your name and the name of your club, or personal sponsor, on your lifting apparel.
If you are unsure whether what you have in mind is suitable, please contact a member of the British Powerlifting Board who will be more than happy to advise.
Courses and Training
How do I become a British Powerlifting Referee?
To become a referee you must initially pass the Divisional Referee's Exam You can then go through the various stages of promotion from National Referee to IPF International Level. To find out about courses please contact our Technical Officer Doreen Dowsett: firstname.lastname@example.org or your Divisional Secretary
How do I become a Powerlifting Coach?
We run two REPS accredited Powerlifting Coaching Courses and these are listed on our calendar of events. For more information please contact our Coaching Secretary Fred McKenzie: email@example.com
I would like to use the British Powerlifting logo for promotional purposes, is this possible?
We are happy to send out logo files for specific purposes. Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to request copies of official logos or for more details.
Isn't Equipped Lifting cheating?
Not at all. Equipped and Classic lifting are two distinct, but equally valid, forms of Powerlifting. Participants compete within either style on a level playing field and according to the particular rules for permitted apparel that each form allows.
If you do not find the answer you are looking for here, please get in touch via our Contact Page for further information.