Skill Levels used by S4C are E, A, and AA. The AAA Skill Level is no longer used. The three Skill Levels in use are not necessarily used by all competitions; some competitions only use 2 of the 3 skill levels.
Except for the E Skill Level, Skill Levels in individual competitions are assigned based on past performance by the Entrant in that particular Section or in a similar Section. The E Skill Level (Evaluative) is used for the first year for new Entrants in a particular Section whose work in that Section is unknown, or for Entrants who have not entered sufficient images in prior years for their skill to be properly evaluated.
See About Interclub for information on assigning skill levels for the Interclub competition.
At the end of each competition year, the Board reviews each entrant's performance and decides whether that entrant should be advanced to a higher Skill Level in each Section, To be eligible
for advancement, an entrant must have entered at least 6 images into that Section during the prior competition year. All eligible entrants at the E Skill Level are advanced to either A or AA; and
some eligible entrants at the A Skill Level are advanced to AA. To move to Skill Level AA, an entrant must have performed so that the average points per image scored by that entrant would
meet or exceed the average points per image scored by all eligible entrants in Skill Level AA in that Section in the prior competition year.
Entrants who have been in Skill Level AA in a Section for at least one competition year may request prior to September 1 that they be moved to Skill Level A for the following year. The Board will honor that request only if the average points per image scored by that entrant would fall below the average points per image scored by all eligible Skill Level A entrants in that Section in the prior competition year.