Wiltshire Cricket

Wiltshire Association of Cricket Officials

Education Pathway

Umpire Education Pathway

Introduction to Umpiring

This course is aimed at players, parents of junior players, schools, complete beginners and is 3-4 hour classroom workshop covering the basics of how to umpire.

  • No form of assessment undertaken.
  • Optional - course organiser to register course with ECB ACO Membership Services (see Section 2) if certificates of attendance are required.

Stage One

This is designed to give 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 gives the tools to enable a person to umpire matches at the basic recreational level where no independent umpires are appointed. The course length is 6-8 hours.

There are no pre-requisite requirements for attending Stage One.

  • Course organiser to register course with ECB ACO Membership Services (see Section 2)
  • All participants will register & pay online.
  • ECB ACO Membership & DBS Application will be promoted through online booking & payment (membership not mandatory to attend)
  • Resource pack provided per participant
  • Course organiser must inform ECB ACO Membership Services if any registered participants do not attend
  • Certificates of attendance will be provided by ECB ACO Membership Services via Coachwise.

Stage Two

This course is designed to give participants further knowledge and skills to enable them to become members of league panels and is available to anyone who has attended Stage One or equivalent. This course complements the Stage One by looking beyond the basic laws, builds on field craft and match management techniques and introduces the concept of working, as a team, with a colleague. The course length is 6-8 hours.

It is intended that participants can either take this immediately after completing the Stage One or wait until the next training season. However a discount will be given if this is a direct follow on course from Stage One.

Participants must have attended stage one or be at an equivalent standard.

  • Course organiser to register course with ECB ACO Membership Services (see Section 2)
  • All participants will register & pay online
  • Reduced fee option via a discount code given when participant registers for stage one.
  • Course organiser must inform ECB ACO Membership Services if any registered participants do not attend
  • Certificates of attendance will be provided by ECB ACO Membership Services via Coachwise

Stage Three

This is designed for experienced umpires who aspire to stand at the highest level of league cricket and will be available to anyone who has attended Stage Two or equivalent. As well as the interpretation and application of Law it will also cover the management of the match, the field and the players on it. Man management and other practical aspects will also be covered.

The course will be suitable for those umpires who, although not aspiring to Premier league cricket, still want to develop their skills to be the best umpire they can be. It will also be available as a set of continuing professional development modules for anyone looking to refresh or hone their skills.

Participants must have attended Stage One & Stage Two or be at an equivalent standard.

  • All participants will register and pay online.
  • Resource will be online.
  • Course organiser must inform ECB ACO Membership Services if any registered participants do not attend.
  • Certificates of attendance will be provided by ECB ACO Membership Services via Coachwise (see Section 5).
  • Certificates of achievement will only be supplied by ECB ACO Membership Services via Coachwise, on completion and submission of an ECB ACO Participant Accreditation & Certification form completed by an ECB ACO Verifier.

Stage Four

This is envisaged as a series of online stand-alone modules which can also be used as CPD by any member.

Participants must have attended Stage One, Stage Two & Stage Three or be at an equivalent standard.

  • All participants will register and pay online.
  • Resource will be online (tbc)
  • Course organiser must inform ECB ACO Membership Services if any registered participants do not attend
  • Certificates of attendance will be provided by ECB ACO Membership Services via Coachwise (see Section 5).
  • Certificates of achievement will only be supplied by ECB ACO Membership Services via Coachwise, on completion and submission of an ECB ACO Participant Accreditation & Certification form completed by an ECB ACO Verifier

Summary of Umpire Education Pathway

Umpire Education Programme ACO Membership required? Type Resource Type Certificate
Introduction to Umpiring No Tutor led course No Attendance
Stage One No Tutor led and E-learning Resource pack Attendance
Stage Two No Tutor led and E-learning Included in Stage One Attendance
Stage Three No Tutor led and E-learning Online Attendance
Stage Four No E-learning Online Attendance

Scorer Education Pathway

Scorer Introductory

The aim of this course is to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to record a cricket match. It won’t teach you everything you need to know, but it will give you the tools and confidence to get started.

Topics covered include:

  • Completing a scoring record
  • Recognising umpire’s signals
  • Standard scoring symbols

Club Scorer

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.

You can complete the ECB's online form for access to an e-learning course or attend a face to face course organised by WACO

If you’d like to progress past club scorer on the pathway, you will need to become an official member of ECB ACO.

Scorer 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.

CPD courses

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. More information can be found here

Scorer 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.