Umpire Courses Explained

Introductory Course (2-4 hours)

This short standalone course will give any cricket enthusiast curious about becoming an umpire a taste for what the role entails, and outline what lies ahead if you’d like to pursue your interest.

Umpire Education Stage 1

This course is designed to give you an overview of the basic Laws of the game. The Course explains how to apply the Laws and introduces the principles of field craft and match management. It will give you the tools to enable you to umpire matches at the basic recreational level where there are no independent umpires appointed and too often no non-player umpires. The Course costs £30 and that includes membership of ECB ACO for the first year with the full range of benefits, including insurance, that come with this—we strongly recommend accepting membership (Note: the Course fee is not reduced if you decline it)

Participants who are short of time or want to get out and about umpiring quickly without committing to the further Stage 2 Course, may wish to only do the Stage 1 Course—they can take Stage 2 later if and when they decide they want to progress. Those who aspire to umpire in the lower leagues will want to also do the Stage 2 Course.

In due course, information will be posted on this website as to Course dates and venues and registration will be via  www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/officials/find-a-course

Umpire Education Stage 2

This course is designed to give you further knowledge and skills to enable you to become a member of a lower league panel and is available if you have attended the Stage 1 Course. It will complement that course by looking beyond the basic laws, build on field craft and match management techniques and introduce the concept of working, as a team, with a colleague. The Course costs £30 or £10 where done in conjunction with the Stage 1 Course. To gain accreditation at this Stage (see below), there is a further commitment as outlined above and additional costs to cover the required observation and assessment process.

In due course, information will be posted on this website as to Course dates and venue(s) and registration will be via  www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/officials/find-a-course

Umpire Education Stage 4

This is the course for you if you wish to stand at the highest levels of recreational cricket (Minor Counties and County 2nd XI cricket) and is available if you have attended the earlier three courses. It puts together all the knowledge and skills needed to become a confident well, rounded umpire.

In due Course details of any Stage 4 Course offered in the London Region will be posted on this web site--to register for such a course please visit www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/officials/find-a-course

Umpire Education Stage 3

This course is designed for experienced umpires who aspire to stand at the highest level of league cricket and is available to all who have attended the Stage 1 and 2 Courses. As well as the interpretation and application of Law it also covers the management of the match, the field and the players on it. Man management and other practical aspects are also covered. This course is also suitable for you if you are not aspiring to Premier League cricket, but still want to develop your skills and be the best umpire you can be. The Stage 3 Course is under development, it is hoped to run at least one Stage 3 course in March, 2018.

In due course, information will be posted on this website as to Course dates and venue, registration will be via  www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/officials/find-a-course


There is no accreditation of the Stage I Course, however Stages 1 and 2  accreditation, where sought, will be done together.  Participants who seek and achieve accreditation will receive a Certificate of Achievement that confirms they have attained the requisite standard for the relevant level of the Course involved. Accreditation is only open to ECB ACO members and involves three elements:

·     Taking the relevant MCC e-learning Course and achieving a satisfactory score in the relevant MCC e-learning exam.

·     A process in the season(s), after the Course, of self-evaluation and independent observations of the participant's performance on the field—with the observer's role being that of a coach and mentor. This process recognises that having 'got Law knowledge under his/her belt', an umpire learns how to umpire by doing it, reflecting on what he/she has done and talking to those who may have relevant experience and insights.

·     An assessment at the end of that process by independent assessors whose role it is to determine that the participant has achieved the requisite standard and can be accredited.

While accreditation is optional, it is likely that most Leagues and those involved in appointing umpires will want to appoint those who have been accredited. Therefore candidates are encouraged to seek accreditation.