The Global Professional Dance Instructors Association (GPDIA) Judges Certification Program has been developed by Michael Kiehm, Phil Adams and Gary Jobst in conjunction with the GPDIA. Combined they bring over 100 years of experience in dance, including studio ownership, promotion, event organization events, contest coordination, emceeing, teaching, judging and chief judging.

Mission Statement;
To raise standard of education and training and to better prepare future judges of West Coast Swing.
To assist instructors with the knowledge of what is considered when judging a West Coast Swing competition in order to pass that information on to their students.
To help competitors gain a better understanding of the concepts, policies, procedures and processes involved in judging a West Coast Swing competition.