Progressive Certification Program (PCP)
The Progressive Certification Program (PCP) is a series of exams,
written, oral and performance, designed to allow the participant to
track their advancements in knowledge and skills in their discipline.
EUSPBA is pleased to offer this program with the hope that many members
will use it as a means of improving themselves in their musical
discipline. Through the certification program the EUSPBA encourages
competitors and players not only to achieve higher playing standards,
but also to be well rounded musicians.
The program involves demonstrating five levels of proficiency in
piping, four in snare drumming, four in bass and tenor and three in drum
majors, by sitting examinations. Successful candidates are awarded
The exams consist of a practical and playing portion to show mastery
of rudiments, repertoire and written or verbal questions on maintenance
and musical theory. Candidates at any level are assumed to have mastered
the requirements of all previous levels by holding certificates, or by
demonstrating their abilities.
You need not be a competitor to take advantage of the program.
In fact, the program offers an "achievement ladder" for non-competitors.
Nor must you be a member of EUSPBA, although our members enjoy reduced
PCP Exams Offered
The following list includes all exams currently offered under the
Progressive Certification Program. Click each one to review the syllabus
for the exam to determine which level would be most appropriate for you.
The program is designed to provide a ladder of increasingly advanced
exams - that's the progressive part. However, you need not start
at the bottom of your discipline, rather select the exam that best
represents your level of knowledge and skill.
Certification Program (PCP) Overview (This overview is currently being
updated. Please check back)
Piping Exam Information
Piping, Graduate Level
Piping, Level 1
Piping, Level 2
Piping, Level 3
Piping, Level 4
Piping, Level 5
Drumming Exam Information
Snare, Level 1
Snare, Level 2
Snare, Level 3
Snare, Level 4
Snare, Level 5
Tenor/Bass, Level 1
Tenor/Bass, Level 2
Tenor/Bass, Level 3
Tenor/Bass, Level 4