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National Training Programme

Updated 20th October 2020

The programme is led by the Development Team who coordinate a panel of National Tutors and National Examiners and ensure that teaching methods, workshop structure and examination procedures remain consistent.

A review has been undertaken of the procedures and structure of the training programme. Details of the new Training Programme and Procedures can be found in the Guide to Training and Development. Guide to Training and Development

 A summary of the process is given below:


EBUA Marking Awareness Course

Details of the EBUA Marking Awareness programme can be found in the MAC section below. 

New Regional Umpire Applicants

EBUA Membership Application Form 

New applicants will undergo training via a Home Study Pack. This pack contain the Home Study Manual, DVD, Law Book and Theory Workbook.
The Home Study Pack provides everything that a new applicant requires in order to attend a training workshop and take their first examination.

  • The Workbook is a written open book theory paper supported by the Home Study Pack.

  • Practical Training Workshops provide the candidate with practical measuring tuition and discussion on some of the practical laws.

  • The Regional Umpire examination includes measuring practical and theory questions.


If successfully completed the new applicant will be awarded an EBUA Regional Umpire certificate valid for 4 years, and a log book to record all your duties in.

Cost: £48.00

We are very pleased to announce and thank Bowls England's for their new initiative to create a Bursary that will reward newly qualified Regional Umpires. This will be available to all those who qualify from the start of 2020.

The Bowls England application form will be part of the qualifying paperwork received by all new Regional Umpires. Those who have become Regional since 1st January 2020 should apply to me.

The applicant can receive up to £100 if supported by relevant receipts plus a copy of the Regional certificate and approved by the BE Bursary Board.

Vic Perry, EBUA Development Officer

Regional Umpire to National Umpire

Umpires wishing to upgrade from Regional Level to National Level must complete the following elements of training and have at least 2 years experience:

  • A theory workbook supported by the Home Study materials

  • A practical workshop

  • A practical and theory examination

If successfully completed the Regional Umpire will be awarded an EBUA National Umpire certificate valid for 4 years.

Cost: £20.00

Continual Assessment

The Training and Development of Umpires is an ongoing process and each qualified member must complete a four yearly examination:

  • 4 yearly workshop and examination including practical measuring and theory questions

If successfully completed the Umpire will be awarded a certificate at their current grade valid for 4 years.

Cost: £20.00

Home Study Manual updated pages, 20 Oct 2020

We have updated several pages of the Home Study Manual dated Jan 2015. A reprint is needed but until this happens please see this .pdf document, which contains several pages that need to be replaced.

Chapter 5 page 25, Exercise 8 reworked.
Chapter 7 pages 1,2,3 & 4 Learning the Laws of the Sport, wording changes.

Vic Perry, EBUA Development Officer.


Marker Awareness Course (MAC)

Updated 29th December 2020

One of the priorities in the Training & Development programme was the development of a Markers Course.

A dedicated team of experienced umpire/markers worked hard to develop a formal Markers program that will complement the umpire training process.

An EBUA Markers Course was launched in April 2014. In Autumn 2017 it was re-launched as a Marking Awareness Course (MAC).

These courses are open for both existing members and non-members to attend.

For details of dates and venues please see the Workshop and MAC pages.

The MAC's themselves are run separately from the Training & Development Workshops allowing more time to be spent on the marker training, and also allowing club members who do not wish to become umpires to gain a level of competence in Marking. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to everyone who attends which can be used as evidence towards an Umpire Qualification.

The Marking Awareness Course is not a qualification. Competency is obtained by experience and assessment and a Certificate of Competence may be awarded to those that have demonstrated that level of competence in accordance with the EBUA Training Manual and DVD.

What are the Next Steps?

Once you have attended an EBUA Markers Course what are the next steps. It is important to understand that this course gives only the very basic insight into the principles of marking a singles match and some instruction on some basic measuring exercises. The rest is up to you. Your level of experience and competence will be determined by the future marking duties that you carry out. You have a number of options depending on how you wish to progress:

Local Marker

You may continue to mark local singles matches to gain experience. You may volunteer to mark your club singles finals or you may be happy just to mark for your friends. The basics we have provided on this course will help you hone your skills.

EBUA Marker

If you decide to progress a little further you may complete the Membership Application Form to join the EBUA. You will be entered on to our database as an EBUA Marker and your local County Coordinator and Area Secretary will be informed so they can put you in touch with your County Mentor. Upon joining the Association you will be issued with a Log Book in which you can record your progress. You may request a working assessment from your Mentor and this will be used as evidence of your competence and experience. Evidence of competence will entitle you to receive a Certificate of Competence as a Marker at Level 1.


Three Levels of Marker

After you have received your Certificate of Competence you will be entitled to wear the EBUA Uniform and a Markers Flash. Your County Mentor will inform you how to obtain these items directly from the EBUA Website. You may continue as an EBUA Marker for as long as you wish and depending on evidence of your competence you may be appointed to competitions up to and including National Championships.


EBUA Umpire

Your final option is to apply to progress as an EBUA Umpire. This you can do at any time and the first rung of the umpiring ladder will be Regional Grade which will allow you to officiate at County and Regional events. Go to Documentation to download the Application Form.


A Certificate of Competence for Marking will be issued to those Umpires that have evidenced such competence and experience just as for an EBUA Marker.

National Tutors

Updated 18th November 2021

The Development Officer coordinates a panel of National Tutors who are responsible for the successful running of our Training Workshops throughout the Country.

Marking Awareness Course Tutors, Workshop Tutors and Examiners are trained and appointed by the National Development Team:-

Alison Welsted, Dave ButtleIan Gilbert & Bernadette Hill


National Examiners

Updated 29th December 2020

The Development Officer coordinates a panel of National Examiners who are responsible for the successful examination of all candidates throughout the Country.

The National Examiners are supported by a team of Examiners


Marking Awareness Course Tutors, Workshop Tutors and Examiners are trained and appointed by the National Development Team:-


Vic Perry, Michelle Van Put, Mike Davies and Greg Brown


Development Team

Updated 13th November 2020

The Development Officer is supported by a team of Association members to assist the Development Officer in developing and implementing programs to allow members to maximize their potential.

The members of the Development Team are:-


Greg Brown, Francis Fletcher, Julie Greenwood, Phil King and Vic Perry.

International Panel
Updated 30 June 2021

The International Panel are responsible for the selection of Umpires and Markers to carry out duties at International events.

The members of this Panel are:-

Vic Perry Development Officer

Bernie Hill Association Secretary

Francis Fletcher Elected Member (August 2019)

The elected member is elected by the membership of the Association at the AGM in accordance with section 5.4 of the Association's Constitution. The appointment of the elected member is for a three year period.

Our International Umpires are:

Ken Bickley

Brian Bontoft

Greg Brown

Peter Churchman

Paul Costin

Sharon Davies

Mike Davies

Alex Duckworth

Ron Eden

Francis Fletcher

Graham Gibbins

Ian Gilbert

Julie Greenwood

Edwin Hall

Peter Hartwell

Bernie Hill

Phyl Jones

Mike King

Phil King

Sue Mates

Martyn Page

Bob Penny

Vic Perry

Mary Price

Keith Sawdon

Mandy Simpson

Updated 3 May 2022

Tony Strudwick 

Angie Thompson

Allan Thornhill

Sue Trott

Mich Van Put

Ian Vanns

Alison Welsted

Colin Wilson

Karen Wood

Yvonne Woodcock

Trevor Wooton

International Selection (IS)


Shall comprise the National Development Officer, Honorary Secretary, and ONE member elected at the AGM. (This appointment is for a period of three years and shall not be extended beyond TWO consecutive terms, i.e. SIX years, but may stand again after a break of THREE years).

Responsibilities :-

1. Shall meet not less than THREE times in a calendar year.

2. Shall appoint a member to act as Co-Ordinator.

3. The Co-Ordinator shall keep notes of the meetings, prepare minutes and circulate to the Committee within SEVEN days. Any comments/amendments to be proposed within a further SEVEN days. The agreed minutes shall be forwarded to the EC, no later than FOURTEEN days, for inclusion at their next meeting.

4. Meetings may be held consecutively with an AGM and/or EC meeting, as well as arranged independently. Such meetings may be in person or via an electronic medium.

5. An up-to-date membership list shall be provided annually by either the Hon Sec or Treasurer as soon as practicable each year, but NOT later than 1st February. The list need only include names, grade, date of grade. From that, the IS will have responsibility for compiling and maintaining the list of umpires approved to carry out international duties.

6. Maintain the list of International Grade Umpires, including a current record, as far as practicable, of their appointments.

7. Ensure the Honorary Secretary provides communication from International and National controlling bodies regarding their requirements for outdoor/indoor events.

8. Appoint appropriate Umpires for the events.

9. Advise the EC of any possible shortfall in numbers, for approval to consider a suitable number of invitees to fulfil the shortfall.

10. Receive accredited assessment forms for prospective candidates from approved Assessors.

11. Request/receive CV's from prospective candidates, and correlate with the relevant Area Secretary.

12. Request any clarification from prospective candidates and/or the Area Secretary, as appropriate.

13. Assess prospective candidates for invitation to be appointed to the International Grade.

14. Advise the EC of new appointees and the event concerned.

15. Review capabilities and competences of the list and adjust as appropriate. This may

include retirement from active duties, but the International grade shall not be withdrawn.

16. Upon approval to upgrade, the Appointee shall be presented with an International flash at their first approved event. Arrangement for such presentation shall be made at an appropriate time during the event.


This is the highest grade for an EBUA Umpire and is obtained by selection only.

Applications International Grade Application Form are now welcomed, by the International Selection Committee, to any members wishing to be considered for progression to the International Grade.

Completed forms should be returned Bernie Hill at ebuasecretary@gmail.com


The EBUA International umpire is able to officiate at all events governed by the International governing bodies.

However, to officiate at some events such as Commonwealth Games, World Bowls and other events governed by World Bowls Ltd will require the attainment of the World Bowls Ltd International Technical Officials (ITO) assessment which is required to be eligible for selection.

It is important to note that the ITO qualification is a separate process from the EBUA Training & Development Programme.

An umpire can choose to undertake the ITO qualification . The result will not impact on their grade within the EBUA.