Many of the top bike builders in the USA and Canada almost immediately embraced the point system developed by the IMBBA, which was then used to create and implement a certification process for builders and skilled technicians.
This became the IMBBA trademark, recognized by builders, who appreciated that finally an organization had put the whole picture together taking into account that the experience builders utilize in building/resorting/creating is the sum of knowledge earned in their career or lifetime. And as such, points could be awarded towards a professional certification equal to and reflective of the points applied in judging their motorcycles in bike shows.
All IMBBA judges strictly adhere to a straight-forward set of published guidelines used to award points, and all IMBBA judges go through a training apprenticeship, judging bikes alongside founding president and chief judge, Jeff Starke. The judges use trade standards to award points that define the bikes Fit, Form, Function & Safety. An apprentice judge does not become certified to judge IMBBA bike shows until his point scores match the other judges within one point in every category. To further reduce the margin, every bike is independently scored by three judges and the final points are a summation of their point evaluations. Using the point system published in the judge's training manual, builders can go over their bikes with the judges to clearly see what points were awarded for physical attributes, as well as the sum of skills needed to assemble, fabricate and engineer each motorcycle.