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Certificates

Certificates are awarded at every level to all candidates who have successfully completed the requirements for practical and theory examinations. Certificates are mailed in late March, late August and late October to eligible candidates. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

  • Comprehensive Certificates - Requirements
    Comprehensive Certificates* Examinations Required
    Preparatory A Piano Preparatory A Piano
    Preparatory B Piano Preparatory B Piano
    Introductory Practical (non-piano) Introductory or Preparatory Practical
    Level 1 Level 1 Practical
    Level 2 Level 2 Practical
    Level 3 Level 3 Practical
    Level 4 Level 4 Practical
    Level 5
    • Level 5 Practical
    • Level 5 Theory or Basic Rudiments
    Level 6
    • Level 6 Practical
    • Level 6 Theory or Intermediate Rudiments
    Level 7
    • Level 7 Practical
    • Level 7 Theory or Advanced Rudiments
    Level 8
    • Level 8 Practical
    • Level 8 Theory or Advanced Rudiments
    Level 9
    • Level 9 Practical
    • Level 8 Theory or Advanced Rudiments
    • Level 9 History or History 1
    • Level 9 Harmony or Basic Harmony or Level 9 Keyboard Harmony or Basic Keyboard Harmony

    Level 10

    • Level 10 Practical
    • Level 8 Theory or Advanced Rudiments
    • Level 9 History or History 1
    • Level 9 Harmony or Basic Harmony or Level 9 Keyboard Harmony or Basic Keyboard Harmony
    • Level 10 History or History 2
    • Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint or Intermediate Harmony or Level 10 Keyboard Harmony orIntermediate Keyboard Harmony

    *Students completing only the practical examinations for Levels 5 through 10 will receive a Practical Certificate.

  • Theory Certificates - Requirements
    Theory Certificate Examinations Required
    Level 5 Theory Level 5 Theory
    Level 6 Theory Level 6 Theory
    Level 7 Theory Level 7 Theory
    Level 8 Theory Level 8 Theory
    Level 9 Theory
    • Level 9 History or History 1
    • Level 9 Harmony or Basic Harmony or Level 9 Keyboard Harmony or Basic Keyboard Harmony
    Level 10 Theory
    • Level 10 History or History 2
    • Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint or Intermediate Harmony or Level 10 Keyboard Harmony or Intermediate Keyboard Harmony
    ARCT Theory
    • ARCT History or History 3

    Two of the following:

    • ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint or Advanced Harmony or ARCT Keyboard Harmony or Advanced Keyboard Harmony
    • ARCT Analysis or Analysis
    • Counterpoint*

    *If completed prior to January 2017.

  • Pedagogy Certificates - Requirements
    Piano Pedagogy Certificate Examinations Required
    Elementary Piano Pedagogy Certificate
    • Part 1: Level 9 Comprehensive Certificate
    • Part 2: Elementary Pedagogy Viva Voce
    • Part 3: Elementary Pedagogy Written or Teaching Elementary Piano (online course)
    Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificate
    • Prerequisite: Elementary Piano Pedagogy Certificate
    • ​Part 1: Level 10 Comprehensive Certificate
    • Part 2: Intermediate Pedagogy Viva Voce
    • Part 3: Intermediate Pedagogy Written or Teaching Intermediate Piano (online course)
    ARCT in Piano Pedagogy Diploma
    • Prerequisite: Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificate
    • Part 1: Piano Practical Examination
    • Part 2: Advanced Piano Pedagogy Viva Voce
    • Part 3: Advanced Piano Pedagogy Written or Teaching Advanced Piano (online course)
    • Theory Requirements:
      • ARCT History or History 3

    Two of the following:

      • ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint or Advanced Harmony or ARCT Keyboard Harmony orAdvanced Keyboard Harmony
      • ARCT Analysis or Analysis
      • Counterpoint*

    *If completed prior to January 2017.

Awards and Prizes

In recognition of the dedication and hard work of those candidates who achieve outstanding results in their examinations, a number of awards and prizes are awarded each academic year by The Royal Conservatory. All examination candidates are automatically eligible for awards and prizes (i.e., an application is not required). All awards are based on examination results.

  • Gold Medals

    National Gold Medals

    Practical

    National Gold Medals are awarded for each academic year (i.e., September 1 to August 31) in Preparatory to Level 10, plus Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogy, to those who have obtained the highest marks in each level and in each of the following disciplines: accordion, brass/woodwinds, guitar, harp, organ, percussion, piano, strings and voice. To qualify for National Gold Medals, candidates must have obtained at least 80 percent in the practical examination and have completed the co-requisite theory examinations for their respective level.

    Theory

    A Gold Medal for Excellence in Theory will be awarded each academic year (September 1 to August 31) to the candidate who has achieved the highest average mark upon the completion of all of the following examinations:

    • Level 9 Harmony, or level 9 Keyboard Harmony
    • Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint, or Level 10 Keyboard Harmony
    • ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint, or ARCT Keyboard Harmony
    • Analysis
    • Level 9 History
    • Level 10 History
    • ARCT History

    Candidates will be considered for the Gold Medal for Excellence in Theory in the academic year in which they are eligible to graduate with an ARCT diploma. Candidates must obtain an overall average of at least 80 percent for the eight examinations.

  • Certificates of Excellence 

    Center Certificates of Excellence
    These are awarded in each Assessment Center to the student in Preparatory A, Preparatory B, and Levels 1 to 10 who receives the highest marks for the respective Practical examination in the previous academic year. To be eligible, a student must receive a minimum of 80 percent in the Practical examination and have completed the Theory examination co-requisite for the respective level.

    State Certificates of Excellence
    These certificates are awarded in each State to the student in Preparatory A, Preparatory B, and Levels 1 to 10 who receives the highest marks for the respective Practical examination in the previous academic year. To be eligible, a student must receive a minimum of 80 percent in the Practical examination and have completed the Theory examination co-requisite for the respective level.

    This year's Celebration of Excellence events took place in:

    Southern California: January 13, 2018
    Northern California: January 21, 2018
    New York: February 17 & 18, 2018

Diplomas

The Associate of The Royal Conservatory (ARCT) diplomas for Performers and Teachers are the highest academic standings awarded by The Royal Conservatory. The ARCT Teacher's diploma is respected internationally as a teaching qualification. Diplomas are handed out at each of the three Convocation ceremonies and mailed out to graduates who are unable to attend.

  • ARCT and LRCM Diploma Requirements
    Diplomas Examinations Required

    ARCT Performer's

    • ARCT Performer's
    • Level 10 Practical (in the same discipline as the ARCT Performer's)
    • Level 6 Piano (Voice, Strings, Winds, Brass and Percussion candidates only)
    • Level 8 Theory or Advanced Rudiments
    • Level 9 History or History 1
    • Level 9 Harmony or Basic Harmony or Level 9 Keyboard Harmony or Basic Keyboard Harmony**
    • Level 10 History or History 2
    • Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint or Intermediate Harmony or Level 10 Keyboard Harmony or Intermediate Keyboard Harmony
    • ARCT History or History 3: 19th Century to Present

    Two of the following:

    • ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint or Advanced Harmony or ARCT Keyboard Harmony or Advanced Keyboard Harmony
    • ARCT Analysis or Analysis
    • Counterpoint*
    LRCM in Piano Performance
    • LRCM in Piano Performance
    • ARCT Performer's Diploma in Piano (requirements detailed above)
    ARCT in Piano Pedagogy
    • Prerequisite: Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificate
    • Part 1: Piano Practical Examination
    • Part 2: Advanced PIano Pedagogy Viva Voce
    • Part 3: Advanced PIano Pedagogy Written or Teaching Advanced Piano (online course)
    • Theory Requirements:
      • ARCT History or History 3

    Two of the following:

      • ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint or Advanced Harmony or ARCT Keyboard Harmony or Advanced Keyboard Harmony
      • ARCT Analysis or Analysis
      • Counterpoint*

    *If completed prior to January 2017.

    **New requirement, effective September 2017.

High School Credits

Many school systems recognize RCM examinations for credit towards secondary school graduation. Please check with your guidance counselor for more information. This document provides you with details on the RCM program that will be helpful for school administrators in assessing the program for high school credits and excused absences for examinations.