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The Professor Program is not a fan club, though its members are among the most dedicated Pokémon fans. A Pokémon Professor is someone who has a thorough understanding of the Pokémon TCG and of organized play. Professors have a desire to share their knowledge with others and to help the game grow. They work at tournaments and leagues, acting as judges and organizers, and adhering to the Spirit of the Game and the Professor Core Values.
Potential Professors are required to pass an exam, which tests their knowledge of game mechanics, card rulings, and the Play! Pokémon guidelines. A minimum of 80 percent of the questions must be answered correctly before a player is allowed to enter the ranks of the Professor Program. Players who don’t pass the exam may take it again after a brief waiting period.
When a Professor acts as a judge at a tournament, runs a League season, etc., he or she earns credits that can be redeemed for Professor-exclusive items from the Professor Rewards store. In addition, Professors who perform a certain level of service are among the first solicited to assist The Pokémon Company International at conventions and other major events, such as the Pokémon TCG World Championships.
Learn more about the Professor Rewards Program!
Become a Professor
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become a Pokémon Professor? If you’re at least 18 years old, then log in to your Pokémon Trainer Club account and take the exam to find out!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Professor?
A Pokémon Professor is a knowledgeable volunteer that gives their time to the Pokémon TCG community.
What does a Professor do?
Pokémon Professors often act as rule judges at Pokémon tournaments. They ensure that the rules of the game are followed during tournament games while answering question players may have. Pokémon Professors can also be Tournament Organizers, League Leaders, or may assist in the organization, execution and marketing of Pokémon TCG events.
What rewards do Professors earn?
Play! Pokémon is developing an exciting rewards program for the Professors! It will allow Professors to choose their own rewards for time spent assisting official Play! Pokémon activities like Tournaments and Leagues.
How do I become a Professor?
Play! Pokémon is developing a Professor test in which prospective Professors can demonstrate their knowledge and familiarity of both the Pokémon TCG rules and the procedures involved in organizing and executing official Play! Pokémon activities. In addition to passing this test, Professors must be at least 18 years old to enter the program.