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This short stand-alone course is of 2-4 hours duration and is designed to introduce anyone with an interest in cricket (particularly players, parents and coaches) to umpiring and to give a basic overview of the laws of the game. No prior knowledge is required.
ECB ACO Level 1 – Understanding the Laws
This course is 12–16 hours duration and consists of six modules designed for those who intend to umpire regularly, or those that wish to acquire a better knowledge of the laws of cricket. Aside from covering the key laws in detail, it also deals with the basic techniques of match management. No prior knowledge is required.
ECB ACO Level 1A - Understanding the Game
This course is 12-16 hours duration and is available to all umpires who have successfully completed L1. Level 1A is not intended to be a taught course but more of a facilitator-led, participative programme which introduces the umpire to self-appraisal and an understanding of the game beyond just knowledge of the laws. It bridges the gap between the knowledge based Level 1 course and the field craft and techniques based Level 2 course.
ECB ACO Level 2 – Developing the experienced Umpire
This course is 12–16 hours duration and consists of six modules and is designed for any experienced official who aspires to stand in a higher grade of cricket. It can also be used as a set of CPD modules by anyone who has completed Level 1a and who wishes to refresh their knowledge and/or hone their skills. It covers the application and interpretation of law; personal, man and match management, field craft positioning and technique.
ECB ACO Level 3 – Preparing for Multi Day Cricket
This course is 12–16 hours duration and consists of four modules and is designed for the official who aspires to officiate at the highest level of recreational cricket – or as a set of CPD modules for those who have completed Level 2.