The CPA exists to represent the world's competitive solo piping community.


The online grading section, which can be found in the members area, must be completed ON OR BEFORE 1st DECEMBER.

Applications are online, and must be made by fully paid up members of the CPA. Payment method is via PayPal only.

When you have paid your membership, you will have your very own Members Area, accessed only by you, where you post piobaireachd and light music results. When you hit the “submit for grading” button, the information you have already entered cannot be altered, and goes on to be viewed by the Grading Committee. You can carry on entering more results, in 2021 for example, and that information continues to be stored online by the website, for use by you in subsequent years.

You are welcome to supply a recent recording of your own playing, either at home or in competition to support your application. Please include any recording links in your application form.

The names of your teachers are required in order for you to receive your grading and this info should be added to your Members Area. For this purpose, the definition of ‘teacher’ is anyone from whom a piper has received formal instruction in the preceding 12 months. This information will be provided to the major competition organisers, judges and fellow CPA members in the interests of transparency and minimising any conflicts of interest.

The timing of the grading application process allows you to include all prizes won during the year right up until the London competition. You may also wish to include any major prizes won during earlier competitive seasons.

When submittion for grading opens, you'll be able to do so within the members area