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The goal of the Konami Judge Program is to provide support and guidance for judges, encourage them to improve their skills and knowledge, and offer Certification Testing to recognize their efforts and accomplishments.

Please read through this page for more information about the Konami Judge Program, including links to an FAQ, information about certification testing, and an online list of Registered Konami Judges.

Information about the Konami Judge Program

If you are interested in learning more about the Konami Judge Program, please read the FAQ found here:
Konami Judge Program FAQ's

Online Registered Konami Judge List

For a list of Registered Konami Judges, please check the Online Registered Konami Judge List.

Certification Testing

You must pass the Rulings Certification Level 1 Test (RC-1) before you will be eligible to register in the Konami Judge Program.
Passing the RC-1 will not automatically register you as a Konami Judge.
After passing the RC-1, you must complete an online form in order to register as a Konami Judge.

By passing certification tests, a judge can evaluate their knowledge of the various aspects of judging. While passing the RC-1 is required to join the Konami Judge Program, all registered Konami Judges are encouraged to actively pursue additional Judge Certification.

Level 1 Certification Tests are offered online.
Level 2 Certification Tests are offered in-person.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE LEVEL 1 TESTS (online)

 

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE LEVEL 2 TESTS (in-person)
  • Rulings Comprehension Level 2 (RC-2)

 

ONLINE TESTS

Rulings Comprehension – Level 1 Test

  • This test is designed to evaluate your knowledge of Yu-Gi-Oh!’s basic game mechanics, and how cards interact with one another.
  • In order to apply to join the Konami Judge Program, you must pass this test.
  • You will need to carefully study the Official Rulebook, know the basic mechanics of the game, and pay attention to the card texts presented to you in order to pass this test and function effectively as a judge.
    You can find a copy of the rulebook here.

Policy Comprehension – Level 1 Test

IN-PERSON TESTS

Rulings Comprehension – Level 2 Test

  • This test is administered on paper at select Premier Events; such as YCS, WCQs, and UDS Invitationals.
  • The test cannot be taken online, it can only be taken in person at specific Organized Play events.
  • This test is designed to evaluate your knowledge of advanced Yu-Gi-Oh! game mechanics, and how cards interact with one another based on Problem Solving Card Text (PSCT).
  • You will need to carefully study the Official Rulebook, know the basic as well as advanced mechanics of the game, understand Problem Solving Card Text (PSCT) and pay attention to the card texts presented to you in order to pass this test and function effectively as a judge.

You can find a copy of the rulebook here.
You can find information on Advanced Game Mechanics here.
You can find articles explaining PSCT here.

Additional tests (online as well as in-person) will be added, once the information you’ll need to prepare for each test is completed and made available. 
There will be constant room for growth and study, so judges can expect to spend some time progressing through different levels of the certification process.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEVEL 1 (ONLINE) TESTING:

If you would like to take a Level 1 (online) test, click on the appropriate link to go to the test page.  Please be aware that:

  • Judge Certification is available only to persons aged 16 and older.
  • You will need a valid CARD GAME ID number and a valid email address, for your certification to be confirmed.  If you do not have a CARD GAME ID number, you can obtain one at a KDE Official Tournament Store, or through the Konami Card Game Network (KCGN) website
  • You must score 80% or higher to pass.
  • You may take the test more than once, if you do not pass on your first attempt.
  • Test candidates must avoid discussing the questions and answers with other people.
  • Several of the tests are available in more than one language. You can select the language for the test from a drop-down menu on the test page.

Once you have completed the test and submitted your answers, you will receive your score immediately from the test page, so you will know right away if you have passed the test.
If you have scored 80% or higher, within a few weeks after your test, you will receive an email congratulating you on your new certification, which will tell you how you can become more involved in the Konami Judge Program. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEVEL 2 (IN-PERSON) TESTING:

If you would like to take a Level 2 (in-person) test, you will need to do so at an Organized Play event that offers the test.  Please be aware that:

  • Only Konami Registered Judges are eligible to take in-person tests. This means that you must have already passed the RC-1 test, and completed an online form to join the Konami Judge Program.
  • Level 2 tests are generally available at YCS, WCQ, and UDS Invitational events. They are not offered at local or Regional events.  Request to speak with a Konami representative at the event, to inquire about test availability.
  • You will need a valid CARD GAME ID number and a photo ID in order to take the test.  
  • You must score 80% or higher to pass.
  • You may be able to take another version of the test at the same event if you do not pass, time permitting.
  • Test candidates must avoid discussing the questions and answers with other people.

It usually takes between 20-45 minutes to complete the test. The Konami Representative on site will grade your test, and let you know if you passed.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Konami Judge Program and Konami Demo Judge Program – we look forward to working with you!