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SPECIAL UPDATE ON QUALIFICATIONS 2019-2020 
Lifetime byes for past provincial overall winners will continue until the end of the 2019 competition season, however, competitors must maintain a top 5 placing at the Pro Qualifier to maintain his or her qualification to that Pro Qualifier.  Those not placing top 5 at one Pro Qualifier will maintain their qualification to try another Pro Qualifier that year.  All other past qualifications from CBBF or Provincial Associations will be grandfathered in, up to 2019 provided you purchase your 2018 and 2019 CPA membership.
For 2018 Natural Regional Shows:
·       Top 3 qualify to the Natural Pro-Qualifiers until December 31st of the following year 2019.       
For 2018 Open Regional Shows:
·       Top 3 qualify to the Open Pro-Qualifiers until December 31st of the following year.  
For 2018 Pro-Qualifier Events Natural & Open:
·       Top 5 from 2018 Open Pro Qualifiers maintain their qualification to the Pro Qualifier they competed in up to December 2019.
·       Top 15 from 2018 Pro Qualifiers qualify to the next North Americans.
·       Top 5 from the 2018 Pro Qualifiers qualify to one of the next two North Americans.
For 2019 Open Regional Shows:
·       *No more TOP 5 Qualification, only TOP 3*
        Top 3 qualify to the Open Pro-Qualifiers until December 31st of the following year ie 2020. 
For 2019 Regional Natural Shows:
Top 3 qualify to the Natural Pro-Qualifiers until December 31st of the following year. 
 
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR 2019 PRO QUALIFIERS  
If you competed at CBBF Nationals in 2016 or 2017 and placed top 5 you qualify to a CPA Open Pro-Qualifier.
If you competed at CBBF Natural (World Qualifier) in 2016 or 2017 and placed top 5 you qualify for the CPA Natural Pro Qualifier.
If you competed at a regional or provincial natural competition in 2016 or 2017 and placed 1st or won the overall you qualify for CPA Natural Pro Qualifier.
If you competed at a regional or provincial’s open competition 2016 or 2017 and placed 1st or won the overall you qualify for CPA Open Pro Qualifiers.
Overall winners before 2016 qualify to a Pro Qualifier in 2019.  This will be the last year this is allowed.  
 
NOTE:
The above qualifications allow you to compete at ALL Pro Qualifiers. Your top 5 placing at said Pro Qualifier qualify you to return to THAT Pro Qualifier ONLY.
You CANNOT cross over from Open to Natural. You must be qualified in both, to compete in both Natural and Open.
All first time competitors are eligible to compete in the True Novice category.  The True Novice category provides no qualifications, just awards. 
All competitors who did not place in the top three is the Novice category. The Novice category provides no qualifications, just awards.   All competitors are eligible to compete in a regional competition - no pre-qualification.
Competitors can do True Novice, Novice & Regional in the same show.
Competitors can cross over (compete in multiple categories) at the Regional level & Pro Qualifiers (provided you are qualified IN THOSE categories).
You cannot compete in a division at the Pro Qualifier that you are not qualified in.  For instance, a qualified bodybuilder CANNOT cross over into Classic Physique at the Pro Qualifier level unless qualified.
Existing provincial qualifications will be grandfathered until 2019.  
2019 North Americans: You qualify if you placed top 5 at a 2018 CPA Pro Qualifier OR top 15 at a 2019 Pro Qualifier.
Arnolds Amateur: no qualification required for 2019.
Olympia Amateur: no qualification required for 2019.
Placings achieved at North Americans, Arnolds Amateur or Olympia Amateur will NOT qualify you for a CPA Pro Qualifier.
 
OUT OF COUNTRY COMPETITORS
US NPC competitors will need an NPC Membership and can register online to compete at the Toronto Pro/Am or Vancouver Pro/Am, no pre-qualification.
All other countries can register online for the Toronto Pro/Am or Vancouver Pro/Am, no pre-qualification.
COUPLES DIVISION
Promoters can elect to have a couple’s division for awards only. Pro Qualifiers will NOT have this division.
 
IFBB PRO CARDS 
Natural Canada's and Canadian Nationals - One Pro card will be handed out for each division to the overall winner in both open and masters.
One Pro card will be handed out in overall open divisions and one pro card in overall master divisions  at the October 19, 2019 GNC/Allmax Open Canadian National Pro-Qualifier and the August 3, 2019 GNC/Allmax Natural Canadian National Pro-Qualifier ONLY. (These competitions will be open to Canadians ONLY.)
Toronto Pro Qualifier and the Vancouver Pro Qualifier only: For the CPA 2019 year those competitors who are only qualified in the master’s division and not the open division will be allowed a bye to enter the open division as one of the cross over division choices available, for a chance to win an IFBB pro card.
Fitness will no longer have the 2 piece presentation round – routine ONLY.
There will be pro cards handed out to overall winners in the open class only at Toronto Pro Qualifier and the Vancouver Pro Qualifier only.