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.

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). 

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.

Club Scorer - (fomally Level 1)

Club Scorer is the course for anyone wanting scoring on a regular basis and is the only one to comprehensively teach you how to score. This course is suitable for complete beginners and existing scorers who want to improve their skills. On completion of the course you’ll receive an ECB ACO club scorer certificate.

Scorers Level 2

Designed for the experienced club scorer to hone their skills and progress to different formats of the game. This course covers some advanced areas of scoring and focusses on planning and preparation. After attending you will need to score another 10 matches and attend a Duckworth Lewis Stern continuous professional development (CPD) module. When you’re ready, bring your portfolio for professional discussion with a scorer assessor. Successful candidates will be issued with a level 2 scorer’s certificate.

Continuous professional development (CPD) modules

To advance along the scorer’s pathway there are three continuous professional development modules for linear scoring, electronic scoring and Duckworth Lewis Stern calculations. These are available to anyone from Level 1 onwards and all carry ECB ACO certificates of attendance.

Duckworth Lewis Stern CPD module

This module is designed to explain the Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) method of setting a revised target when there has been a suspension in play in a one-day match. It looks at the brief history of DLS and considers the difference between DLS formats. It includes practical sessions for both DLS Professional (computer program) and DLS Standard (manual calculations). Scorers attending this module will need to bring their own laptop but the DLS professional software will be provided on the day.

When completed you’ll receive an ECB ACO Duckworth Lewis Stern certificate.

Linear CPD module

This module teaches existing scorers how to complete a linear scoresheet, which is an alternative layout of paper scoresheet to the conventional box style scoring record.

The course contains a large practical element of scoring a recorded match, after spending time getting familiar with the new layout of scoresheet. Linear scoresheets make a good back-up system when scoring electronically.

When completed you’ll receive an ECB ACO linear scoring certificate.

Electronic scoring CPD module

This module teaches existing scorers how to use a specific scoring software package called total cricket scorer. 

To attend this module, you will need to purchase a full total cricket scorer licence and bring your own laptop with total cricket scorer pre-installed.

The course is a hands-on practical workshop covering setting up and scoring a match, editing entries, printing, importing/exporting and uploading results to the Play-Cricket website. 

When completed you’ll receive an ECB ACO total cricket scorer certificate.

Scorers Level 3

Designed for those scorers who have reached level 2, attended the CPD module in linear scoring and who aspire to score in the higher levels of the game including multi-day cricket.

After attending, you will need to gain multi-day match experience. You will also be required to obtain regular feedback and at least two match observations of your scoring at a higher level to be placed in your portfolio.

When you’re ready, you will undertake a professional discussion with a scorer assessor and bring your portfolio for review. Successful candidates will be accredited at level 3 and issued with a certificate.

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. 

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.