The skater’s ability is continuously evaluated by the coaches, and if at any stage they demonstrate they have the skills to progress to the next badge level they will move upwards. At the beginning of the 10-week session, skaters are allocated into groups based on ability, and previous badge levels. For those new to the program who have previously skated, they can quickly pass through the badge levels until they reach a level that matches their ability. Towards the end of the 10-week session (usually week 9), the skaters are all evaluated by the professional coaches, and a progress report is prepared to hand out on the final session.