Pokémon Tech is an exclusive trainers school where trainers learn everything there is to know about pokémon. This was the setting for IL009: The School of Hard Knocks. There are 3 types of student categories: Beginner, Intermediate and Advance. Beginner students are as good as anyone with 2 Pokémon Gym Badges, the intermediate class are good as someone with 4, and advanced are as good as someone with 6. When a student graduates, he is allowed to enter the Pokémon League without having to get all the badges. The classes are incredibly hard but students can't leave without getting a diploma. Sometimes students are held back for many years. The faculty does not know about the teaching methods used by the students, or if they do they pretend not to.