The Pistol Australia (PA) Grading policy as specified below came into effect on 1 January 2007.
A grade break in any of the top categories of the following matches can only be recognised if achieved at international competitions, PA National or State Championships and sanctioned Open PA Competitions:
A grade break for all lower categories is recognised when a shooter achieves the minimum score required for that grade at the above mentioned competition levels and also PA Club matches. To break grade in WA1500 the requisite score needs to be shot twice. In all other disciplines the requisite score need only be shot once.
In the event that an individual has not shot their grade score in specific matches in the preceding twelve month period, an application may be made for voluntary downgrading to the next lower grade. Individuals seeking such downgrading should apply to their Club which, after examination and endorsement of the request, should forward the application to the relevant State Association for ratification.
In ISSF / PA matches, downgrading of Master grade shooters to the next lower grade will automatically occur where the shooter does not shoot a Master Grade score in the specific matches during the preceding 12 month period.
It is the shooter's responsibility to know his/her own grade for each match, and it is the shooter's responsibility to enter a competition under the correct grade. The event organisers do not check grades and they trust the competitors to do the right thing. It could be embarrassing to hand back a trophy because one of the other competitors is aware that you are actually in a higher grade.
You also need to notify the competition Organising Secretary if there has been a change of grade between submitting your entry for a competition and competing in that competition.
Where a person is not graded in a match and enters a competition, the resultant score will determine the grade.
Grade Score Changes
In the event that there are changes made to competition procedures and/or competition target sizes in any match the relevant PA Discipline Director will provide Provisional Grade Qualification scores to the NCC for consideration and subsequent approval by PA.