SDTS Grade Certified Members will be recorded and proudly displayed on the Official Self Defense Company Rank List.
Grade Certification is very different from the course completion certificates you receive when you take the module quizzes. Course completion certificates demonstrate your general knowledge of SDTS concepts, while an SDTS Grade Certification demonstrates you have both the knowledge and the skill. This carries A LOT more weight in the SDC community and will count towards your Instructor Certification if you ever decide to take that step.
In order to receive your Certification you must demonstrate your techniques in front of a certified SDC Instructor, either in person, live on our training portal or video submission.
How it works.
- Download the appropriate Grade Certification exam below.
NOTE: you will not be allowed to skip. You need to pass the tests in order from 1 to 10. However you can take multiple tests at one time provided you have registered for each individual test.
- Register for your exam below.
If you do not have an Instructor, we will assign one to you. You can take the exam in person, online or through video submission.
Click the link below to download your GRADE CERTIFICATION Exam.
Register and for your Grade Certification Exam by clicking the appropriate icon below.
- You must take exams in order from 1 to 10.
- You can register and test for as many levels as you wish at one time.
- You can take an exam two times each before you must register again.
- You do not have to retest for your instructor rank if you already have your SDTS Grade Certification.
- All ranks count towards instructorship. When you join the Instructor Program, you will be ranked accordingly.
- Instructor Level 1 = SDTS Grades 1, 2 and 3 (Cannot Promote Instructor)
- Instructor Level 2 = SDTS grades 4, 5 and 6 (Cannot Promote Instructor)
- Instructor Level 3 = SDTS Grades 7 and 8 (Can Promote Instructor to Level 1)
- Instructor Level 4 = SDTS Grades 9 and 10 (Can Promote Instructor to Level 2)
- Instructor Level 5 = SDTS Grades 11 and 12 (Can Promote Instructor to Level 5)