The PSA Board of Directors approved a Universal Star Ratings Program at the September 2009 Conference. The Star Ratings Directors will perform the conversion process and begin using the new requirements July 1, 2010. Individuals with stars may convert to the new system at any time beginning July 1, 2010. Some will not need to do anything and will be converted automatically when they submit their next application for a star. Only one conversion is allowed for each individual in each of the four PPD sections: large and small monochrome and large and small color. The new requirements are shown on Schedule A: Star, Galaxy and Diamond Acceptance Requirements.
Anyone with more than 288 acceptances on June 30, 2010 will want to convert. If you have not yet achieved the 96 titles needed for the fifth star under the new rules, we recommend that you hold your conversion application until you apply for the next star. Individuals with lower levels than those listed above may convert if they wish, or wait until they apply for another star.
The former PPD star rating system for awards above the 5 star level allowed the use of unlimited numbers of acceptances per title, with a requirement of an average of not more than 5 per title. The new, uniform PSA system replaces that with a Galaxy/Diamond system that puts more emphasis on titles and less on acceptances: only three (or six at the Diamond level) acceptances per title are used, and the title must have earned three (or six) acceptances to be used for an award. Hence, we need a system to insure that exhibitors get full credit for acceptances earned under the old rules when they start to operate under the new rules.
Under the new Galaxy/Diamond system, you need 25 new titles with exactly three acceptances to reach another Galaxy level, until you reach Galaxy 6, then you need 50 new titles until you reach Galaxy 10. After Galaxy 10, you need 50 new titles with exactly 6 acceptances each for Diamonds 1-5, and 75 titles with 6 acceptances each for Diamonds 6-10. That means any acceptances above three or six would be lost, as well as acceptances on â€œoldâ€ titles–those used for previous stars. Those acceptances and titles need to be converted, so exhibitors do not lose credit for acceptances earned under the old rules. Any acceptances earned since the last star application on titles used for that star or previous ones are eligible for conversion. Further, any new titles which have been accepted four or more times are eligible for conversion. You will not earn conversion acceptances on new titles for which you have one, two or three acceptances, because those titles and acceptances can be used for galaxy awards under the new rules. Any unused acceptances received prior to July 1, 2010 which will no longer be eligible must be submitted at the time of conversion.
All other acceptances should be listed on applications for new awards and the new criteria will apply.
How to Apply for the Conversion
If you have more than 288 Acceptances, these steps must be followed for each application for conversion. Note: Old title–any title you have used for an approved star application in the past. New title–any title you have not previously used for an approved star application.
If you have fewer than 289 acceptances: You will not lose any acceptances in the transition, and there is no need to apply for a conversion. You can convert when you apply for the next star. However, if your previous star level now converts to a higher level and you don't want to wait, merely send in a request, citing the previous acceptance and title totals. If you want to use acceptances and titles since your last star, send in a regular application for your next star, not a conversion application. Since you would not lose acceptances, you have nothing to convert.
Monochrome Prints: Tom Hady, APSA, EPSA, Star Ratings Director, Monochrome Prints, 6719 Bellamy Ave. Springfield, VA 22152 USA email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Color Prints: Stuart Bacon, 1320 Benito Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010-5626, USA, email: email@example.com
If you prefer, you may send conversion applications by email. Put information that you are supposed to send in a covering note in the body of the email, and attach the lists as .xls (Excel) files. Do not send .xlsx.