High Power Certification
Tripoli maintains a multi-level skill based certification program from Level 1, 2 and 3 certifications and the Tripoli Mentoring Program for junior members.
All certifications remain current while their membership dues are up to date. (See below for details about expiring membership and certification.)
High Power Level 1
The Level 1 certification, is open to all student and senior members 18 years and older. The candidate needs to build, launch and successfully recover a rocket using a certified HPR motor in the H to I impulse range.
High Power Level 2
The Level 2 certification is open to all student and senior members who hold a current Level 1 certification. The candidate needs to successfully pass the Level 2 written examination and then build, fly and recover successfully a rocket using a certified HPR motor in the J to L impulse range.
Written Test – Only members already certified L1 may take the L2 written examination. The written examination for level 2 shall be passed PRIOR to a level 2 certification flight.
High Power Level 3 Prerequisites for attempting Level 3 certification:
The Level 3 certification is open to all student and senior members who hold a current Level 2 certification, and allows members to fly High Power Rockets with a total installed impulse of greater than 5120 newton-seconds.
- The candidate must have successfully completed their Level 2 certification BEFORE they can commence their Level 3 certification process.
- The candidate will also need to demonstrate proficiency in flying Level 2 rockets with electronic recovery.
- Prior to beginning construction of an L3 certification project, your project design must be approved by your TAP members.
- The candidate needs to successfully design, build, fly and recover a rocket using a certified HPR motor in the M-O impulse range.
Tripoli Mentoring Program
The Tripoli Mentoring Program (TMP) allows Tripoli Junior members to learn the skills of high power rocket construction and launching in an environment that is both safe and consistent with all high power rocketry safety codes and legal restrictions. It is open to any Tripoli Junior member ages 12-17.
Reciprocity of Certification Levels
Tripoli has reciprocal agreements with other major rocketry organizations. As shown below, the certifications are closely aligned, with one minor difference for the Canadian Association of Rocketry (CAR).
|TRA ||AMRS ||CAR ||NAR ||UKRA |
| || || L1 || || |
| L1 || L1 || L2 || L1 || L1 |
| L2 || L2 || L3 || L2 || L2 |
| L3 || L3 || L4 || L3 || L3 |
Note: CAR L1 allows for 'H' motors; CAR L2 allows for 'I' motors.
Tripoli members may submit copies of evidence of certification from other organizations to Tripoli HQ, requesting their Tripoli certification be updated accordingly.
Certification and Expired Membership
Effective October 1, 2020, the following rules apply for expired memberships and certifications.
Expired members' certifications will reset to level 0 at 60 months after expiration.
Members holding Level 1 certification will continue as Level 1 once if membership is renewed within 60 months.
Members holding Level 2 or Level 3 certifications will conitnue at their previous level of certification if they renew within 24 months. If they renew after 24 months and before 60 months, they must re-take the written examination before their previous level of certification is reinstated.