Michael Stuempel wrote:
A. Since student has decided to leave, should he return the unofficial certificate?
I'd say keep the certificate because he was awarded it, but wherever he's going explain the situation and do the test again. If he's already qualified then doing the test again shouldn't be a problem.
The certificate wouldnt mean a thing if goes for testing again. If he takes the certificate with him, then he does not need to go for a test.
Note: Student is moving in a new dojo with the same affiliation. New sensei already knows the certificate story, that's why he's going for a 1st kyu test, if lucky if could also go for the shodan exam.