The test for "Are you a Novice?" is "Have you competed in 5 or less events prior to 2016?".
"Oh noes, I AM a novice but not on the Novice Championship! Now what?" I figure out who our novices are in two ways. One is, hopefully, every novice checked the "I am a Novice" checkbox when signing up in MotorsportReg. I can run a report and get all the Novices based on the checkbox.
The other way is to shoot me an email, or get hold of me at an event (when I'm not working or running), and I'll make a note to add you.
Jeff - I'll add Gabe to the Novice List for 2016.