The Rank and Dan certifying branch of SMAC is the "Southern Martial Arts Certification Association". Its purpose is to identify, and by request, certify students and instructors practicing the various styles of martial arts. The SMACA will also charter martial arts schools and clubs that function as participants in any SMAC activities. In addition, SMACA provides technical advice, recommends promotions, and presents awards to students and instructors up to, and including, beginner to the Master level.

The Southern Martial Arts Certification Association chooses to only present certifications and charters to those individuals and schools that have been deemed valid and credible by the SMAC Board of Directors. This multi-style entity sanctions and executes all areas of certification via the sovereign powers of SMAC, its executive Board of Directors and its corporate affiliate "Southern Martial Arts, Inc".