The International Cricket Council has introduced their first-ever education course for aspiring Match Officials – the ICC Umpire Foundation Certificate. This is designed by the governing council to introduce the basic fundamentals of umpiring for learners to be able to officiate games at the club level.
This course is free to access and is entirely online, and forms part of the rapidly growing International Cricket Council Training and Education program. This course can be completed by an aspiring umpire online at any pace through short, sharp modules whether at home on a computer or on the move via a mobile device.
This course will serve well in particular for the member nations where the game and its craze is gradually increasing.
The International Cricket Council Umpire Foundation Certificate follows the successful release of other resources as part of the Training and Education programme. The programme launched in October 2021 with the release of the International Cricket Council Coaching Foundation Certificate – the first step on the ICC’s coach education pathway which recently celebrated its 6,000th global graduate.
William Glenwright, General Manager – Development, while speaking on the launch of the ICC’s first-ever certified umpire education course, said, “The release of the ICC Umpire Foundation Certificate represents a landmark moment in the development of the sport. With better access to education courses than ever before, the ICC continues its commitment to improving the playing experience for participants around the world.
“This course complements the other resources we have launched over the last two years to drive a better standard of coaches, umpires and curators in member nations.”
The ICC’s aim is to have quality and knowledgeable umpires across all its 108 member nations.
Further courses are also scheduled to be released later in 2023, including the ICC Coaching Course Level 2.
“The ICC Training and Education programme has already enjoyed profound success in growing the number and standard of qualified coaches around the world, and myself and the rest of the group are excited to see the impact that this resource will have on increasing the number of high-quality umpires officiating cricket matches around the world,” Glenwright added.