As an aspiring cricketing umpire, we’re sure you don’t mind making tough decisions. But we’re sure you’d rather keep them to the field. That’s why we’ve put together a flexible learning pathway you can work through at your own pace, as and when it suits you.
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.
ECB ACO - The Club Umpire
This is designed to give you an overview of the basic Laws of the game and how to apply them and introduce 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.
If you’d like to progress along the educational pathway, you will need to become an official member of the ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ECB ACO).
ECB ACO - The League Panel Umpire
This course is designed to give you further knowledge and skills to enable you to become a member of a league panel and is available if you are a member and have attended the Club Umpire. 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.
ECB ACO - Premier League Umpire
This course is designed for experienced umpires who aspire to stand at the highest level of league cricket and is available to all members who have attended the Club Umpire and League Panel Umpire 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.
ECB ACO - Elite Recreational Umpire
This is the course for you if you wish to stand at the highest levels of recreational cricket and is available if you are a member and have attended the earlier three courses. It puts together all the knowledge and skills needed to become a confident well, rounded umpire.