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Welcome to everyone whether you are starting your umpiring journey or well along your progression in the game

Umpiring Courses & CPD Modules

As part of the new ECB ACO education and development process, East Kent ACO will be delivering 5 CPD sessions – the first within Kent ACO – to take place over the second half of 2024.

Existing ACO members along with other non-members who are interested in umpiring are now invited to register for as many as they wish.

Further CPD sessions in other parts of the county will be arranged in due course and details of these will be made available when arrangements are finalised


Location: Blean Village Hall, 2 School Lane, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9JA

Time: 19:15 for a prompt 19:30 finish c. 21:30pm

Cost: Each session will cost £5 with the fifth session free for anyone booking all five sessions


· Wednesday 14th August: Ground, Weather and Light, plus Teamwork.

· Wednesday 11th September: Player Safety (umpires and players, plus general ground safety awareness)

· Wednesday 9th October: Effective Communication (umpires to players and clubs)

· Wednesday 13th November: Effective Decision Making (umpires to players)

· Wednesday 11th December: Managing Player Conduct (umpires to captains and players)


Umpire Accreditation & Grading

Following changes within the ECB ACO Officiating Department it has been announced there will be a number of changes to the current Accreditation process. 

The proposed changes, precise details to be confirmed, will provide the consistency and criteria that will be used to help develop and support umpires across the game, at both recreational and professional levels.
The key areas of umpire performance to be measured in the future are as follows: 

  • Decision Making 
  • Match Management 
  • People Management 
  • Presentation & Image 
  • Teamwork

Full details will be made available when they have been finalised by the ECB and the ECB ACO.

A grading system for umpires was introduced several years ago to enable umpires to know what level of cricket they were currently officiating at and, for those with ambitions to progress, to advise them what the next step up would be on the progression pyramid. 

It is acknowledged that some umpires may not be particularly ambitious, content in the knowledge that their participation helps players to enjoy the sport.  For others, the level at which they officiate is very important.  It is for the latter group that grading is, and will increasingly become, more relevant.  Appointments at a senior level will become ever-more competence-based and how an umpire is graded will form an integral part of their ability to progress on the officials’ pathway. 

Hitherto, Kent ACO graded its umpire members according to agreed national standards and this was based on the level of cricket they had officiated in the previous season. From 2023 however, this is no longer the case. 

Following consultation with the ECB ACO and its members across 2022, new umpiring pathways have been introduced. 

The diagram below shows the two new pathways – one for the men’s game and one for the women’s game. 

It was clear from the consultation that members wanted clarity and transparency in how to progress from umpiring lower levels of club cricket to standing in the highest levels of the recreational game and beyond.  

The key skills, knowledge and attributes required at each level have now been defined and this has enabled a transition of umpires from their previous grade to their new level(s) for the 2023 season. 

Going forward, grading will not only take into account the level of cricket officiated in the previous season, but also key areas such as Decision Making, Match Management, People Management, Presentation & Image and Teamwork.
Future progression will be dealt with via an ‘Application for Promotion’.  

The table below shows what that means for the men’s game: 

2022 Grade 2023 Level Within Kent 
Professional Umpires   Team Level 1 N/A 
National Panel UmpireLevel 2N/A 
C1 Level 3 Kent League Premier Division
(Panel Umpire) 
C2  Level 4 Kent League Championship & Division 1
(Panel Umpire) 
C4  Level 5 Remaining Kent League 
C6 All other levels of umpiring
e.g. Kent Village League 
C7  Level 6 Junior Cricket
Newly trained umpires not yet standing
Individuals no longer actively umpiring 

Those umpires who undertook appointments through Who’s the Umpire (WTU) in the women’s game during 2022 automatically became a Level 3 umpire in the women’s game pathway. 

Any umpire member who has any questions about the grading process, or who wishes to verify their  grade for the current year, is invited to contact the County Performance Officer using the Kent ACO email button on the right-hand side of this page (on mobile devices the button may be at the bottom of the page). 

The Kent ACO is here to help all officials within the county – from those just starting out to others who have a significant experience – get the most from the sport.

If you are new to officiating, we can introduce you to a local club, should you not have any connections in the area.

Perhaps more importantly, we can help you diversify your experience, by offering you appointments across a spectrum of game formats, including youth and aged cricket, plus local tour matches.

Should this be of interest to you, please contact the Kent ACO using the form at the bottom of this page.

All umpires are expected to hold and maintain their Disclosure and Barring Service Check, as they are in a position of trust and the majority of cricket matches will involve players under the age of 18.

Applying for a DBS

All DBSs are now carried out online, but still require face-to-face ID verification. The majority of Club Safeguarding Officers are set up to initiate a DBS application, therefore asking your own Club Safeguarding Officer to do this is often the simplest method.

If you are a volunteer, the DBS process is free of charge. If you receive payment then it incurs a cost which you can pay by card when you complete the online form.

Click here to view the full step-by-step process of obtaining a DBS, along with information on the update service.

Umpiring, Umpire Courses & Development Pathway Enquiry

If you would like to find out more about umpiring in Kent from Soft Ball to the Kent Premier League, please get in touch with the Kent ACO using the form below

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Thank you very much for your enquiry about Umpire training and development in Kent. We will be in touch as soon as we can.