The Belt system is based on a points: points are awarded based on various criteria and the sum of all points determines your overall belt level. There are 36 possible belts.
- If you have less than 30 points, you will receive the White belt.
- At 30 points, a Yellow belt will be awarded.
- Every ten/twelve points after that will give you an extra stripe on your belt.
- After 220 points, 12 points are required per level
- After 4 stripes, you will be awarded a new color belt.
- With the exception of the black belt.
- At 400 points, the Golden Black Belt (the highest ranking) is awarded.
Points are awarded based on the following conditions.
- 1 point per 100 caches found.
- 2 points per event hosted, maximum of 30 points.
- 0.5 points per difficulty/terrain combination found in excess of 40 combinations.
- 10 points for completing the Difficulty/Terrain matrix.
- 20 points for either finding caches in 15 distinct states or 5 distinct countries. 40 points are not awarded if both conditions are satisfied.
- 10 points per 50 caches found on day with most finds, maximum of 40 points.
- 0.5 points per 7 consecutive days with finds in largest streak. 10 point bonus at 366 days.
- 0.1 points per favorite point on owned caches.
- 2 points per distinct cache type on day with most distinct types found.
- 2 points per distinct cache type hidden.
- 2 points per distinct cache size hidden.
- 0.5 points per FTF, maximum of 30 points.
- 1 point per 5/5 Difficulty/Terrain cache found, maximum 5 points.
- 1 point per gemstone badge (excluding country badges). 
- 2 points for every year since your first cache find.
- 0.08 points per calendar day cached on. No points awarded if distinct days is less than 100. The year is negligible.
- 0.05 points per Trackable moved/discovered (maximum 25 points).
- 0.1 points per photo uploaded to found logs (maximum 25 points).
- A point total equal to an upper bound will result in the higher level belt (for example, if you have 292.00 points, you will receive a black belt - not a brown belt).
- The Golden Black-Belt is only awarded if the point total is greater than or equal to 400.00 points.
- See the Gembadges page for more information.