The mods and I are continuously on the look-out for members to upgrade if we believe they have improved to warrant an upgrade to their experience level.
However members are free to also upgrade themselves at any time. If you think you have improved to the point where you should be on the next level, you can upgrade yourself.
Our three levels are Beginner>Intermediate>Advanced and members can upgrade themselves but not downgrade themselves.
We do not downgrade members simply by request. If we get a request to downgrade we look at all the photos that member has placed on the site and will also look at websites, flickr, photobucket etc. If a new member joins and seeks a downgrade almost immediately, we will not do it. We request they enter some competitions on the site, post some photos for critique and get back to us in about a month. Downgrading on request without any supporting material could just be a way to get to a lower level to increase the chances of winning a prize competition etc.
If you think you have improved and should be on the next level, feel free to change your own experience level, it is done via your settings menu HERE