The Archery GB Classification and Handicap scheme allows archers of all levels to understand their skill level and progress through the various awards available. From the initial Archer 3rd Class classification, right through to Elite Master Bowman.


The outdoor classification has been revised for 2023 and the system now consists of nine different awards that recognise progression through various milestones. The nine awards are split into three tiers, each with three classifications in it.


The Archer Tier

is aimed at a wide range of club - level archers

The Bowman Tier

is aimed at archers who are at the level where they might choose to enter competitions, right the way from club-level events to national level events.

The Master Bowman Tier

is aimed at archers competing at the highest levels of the sport.









To claim a classification, you need to shoot a number of rounds above a certain threshold score given in the clasification tables.

The total amount of arrows changes as you move up the tiers. You can mix and match rounds of different lengths in order to make up the total.

For Archer and Bowman classifications, your club records officer can confirm you’ve met the requirements.