Classifiers evaluate players and determine their Sport Class and Sport Class Status so they can compete in international
tournaments. They are trained and qualified to be members of a Classification Panel.
The BWF organises workshops for those who wish to become a BWF International Para-badminton Classifier.
More information on classifier education and certification and training courses is available from the
Classification / Certification page of the website.
The BWF recognizes three levels of classifier:
There are a number of roles and levels of classifier in the BWF system:
Head of Classification
Dr Silvia Albrecht
Dr Shamsul Azhar Shah
Dr Phitsanu Suntornpiyapan
Dr Syamsul Rizal
Dr Shu-Ming Yeh
Dr Bang Heui Je
Dr Shiau-Fu Shieh
Dr Komwudh Konchalard
Dr Nizam Baharom
Jose Maria Lopez
Vivian Maria Salazar
Nevin Aysel Guzel
Classifier Training / Certification
The BWF Classifier Education and Certification Programme provides the framework and requirements to train, develop
and maintain International Para-Badminton Classifiers. There is also a training and certification programme for national
The BWF Classifier Education and Certification Programme provides the framework and requirements to train, develop and maintain International Para-Badminton Classifiers.
The programme defines the requirements needed for different levels of certification and the conditions to maintain certification and to advance to a higher level.
Appendix 6 of the Classification Regulations provides details of the education and certification of classifiers. The Guidelines for Classifier Education and Certification detail the training programme for Level 1 International Classifiers.
For new international classifiers, there are two main stages and the programme involves a minimum commitment of:
- Attendance at two international tournaments where training will be conducted
- one day of workshops / training theory
- one day of observation of player evaluation
- two days observation of players in competition
2. Participation in workshops, theory sessions, observation and practical tasks.
3. Completion of written assignment work between the two international events
4. Completion of assessment tasks.
Trainee classifiers will receive a certificate of attendance after the first stage of the training course with a summary assessment report on progress towards certification.
Pre-requisites for Training
There are a number of pre-requisites to undertaking classifier training and to becoming a BWF International Classifier. These are:
- Qualified in one or more of the following disciplines:
- a medical professional – a doctor or physiotherapist (or practitioner from a related discipline) who has knowledge and experience in dealing with people with the impairments and the Activity Limitations described in the Sport Profiles;
- a technical expert with in-depth knowledge of biomechanics of sport/human movement and have significant expertise in the technical aspects of badminton.
2. Able to communicate effectively in English – undertake classifier training and conduct player evaluations in English.
3. Able to commit time as a para-badminton classifier once qualified.
The following would be a significant advantage in training to be a para-badminton classifier:
- Experience and/or qualifications as a national classifier in para-badminton.
- Experience and/or international classifier in another sport.
- Knowledge of badminton, its rules and physical and technical demands of the sport.