IMR Highpower Certification Program

The IMR, as a European rocketry organization for German-speaking countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria, offers a high power level certification system in German language. The system is based on international standards and will meet all requirements of other organizations. The IMR certification was developed along with the standards and in cooperation with the NAR in the USA.

A highpower certification program should enable a rocketeer to successfully construct, build and fly highpower rockets (engine class H to O and hybrid engines). The IMR highpower safety code (in German language), as well as HPR safety codes from other organizations, requires to fly HPR rockets only if the flyer has a valid certification level of either the IMR or another recognized rocketry organization. Flying HPR rockets on official IMR launches will also require a appropiate certification level.

The IMR certification is a 3-step system and includes 3 levels:

* Level 1 allows the purchase and use of class H and I rocketry engines (some F and G engines may also require a level 1 certification)

* Level 2 allows the purchase and use of class J, K and L rocketry engines and hybrid engines

* Level 3 allows the purchase and use of class M, N and O

Details of the single levels are:

Level 1

Level 1 allows the purchase and use of class H and I rocketry engines. A rocket flyer needs to successfully build and fly a rocket with an H or I engine under qualified supervision. In detail, the requirements are:

* Launch a rocket in the appropiate engine class successfully

* Lauch it under supervision of two other IMR members (one of them already certified within this level)

* Fill out a special certification form (available in the member area)

* Sign and return the form to the IMR

It is recommended that the supervisors will purchase the necessary engine (since the applicant cannot buy the engine as long as he is not certified).

Level 2

Level 2 allows the purchase and use of class J, K and L rocketry engines and hybrid motors. A rocket flyer needs to pass a written test and successfully build and fly a rocket with an J, K or L engine under qualified supervision. In detail, the requirements are:

* Pass a written multiple-choice-test with questions regarding rocketry construction, technology and regulations (see remark below)

* Launch a rocket in the appropiate engine class successfully

* Lauch it under supervision of two other IMR members (one of them already certified within this level)

* Fill out a special certification form (available in the member area)

* Sign and return the form to the IMR

It is recommended that the supervisors will purchase the necessary engine (since the applicant cannot buy the engine as long as he is not certified).

Remark about the written test: Since laws and regulations vary from country to country, the IMR decided to seperate technical and regulations questions and to offer currently two variations. Variation A is based on US, variation B on German laws and regulations.

Level 3

Level 3 allows the purchase and flight of class M, N and O rocketry engines. Qualification requirements are more complex than at level 1 and 2. The requirements are to construct, build and fly a HRP rocket in that class, to establish a documentation and to get approval before and during the flight of that model by a qualified IMR commitee.

International Cross-Recognition

The IMR level certification system is officially recognized from the other rocketry organizations offering an own HPR certification system:

UKRA, NAR and CAR members with a valid certification level may fly HPR rockets at  IMR events and vice-versa. ACME (Italy) has cancelled its own certification system but still recognizes IMR certs so we can recognize them vice-versa as well.

Pls. note that unfortunatly we cannot accept Tripoli certifications. Several attempts to contact the Tripoli board including mails and postal letters to establishing cross-recognition ended in absolutly no response. The reason is that the Swiss TRA section is blocking the IMR certification to prevent free competition between rocketry clubs in Switzerland (including the IMR).

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