Under the current structure of the National Umpire Certification Program, the certification path is based on yearly attendance of a clinic.  Umpires must progress through the yearly system of clinics to complete each level and advance their skills. 

Umpires start at Level 1 and must attend a Level 1 clinic for two years before advancing to the Level 2 clinics. 

Level 2 umpires will progress through 3 years of clinics for offense, defense and game management before advancing to Level 3. 

The level 3 umpires only have to attend a clinic every third year, but are required to complete an online exam every year, there is no clinic.

Level 1 Umpires (must be at least 12 years of age to start)

Year 1 - Offence (odd numbered years)

Year 2 - Defense (even numbered years)

Level 2 Umpires

Year 1 - Offense (2018)

Year 2 - Defense (2019)

Year 3 - Game Management (2017)

Level 3 Umpires

Year 1 - Online Exam Only

Year 2 - Online Exam Only

Year 3 - Level 3 Clinic (next level 3 clinic will be in 2019)


NUCP Information

To receive certification at any level an umpire must attend a clinic at that level. There are certain requirements that must be met before moving up to the next level.

Certified umpires wishing to remain at their current level are required to attend a clinic and pass a written examination every year.

Clinic attendance fees are as follows: Level 1-$60, Level 2-$75 (FMBA members are FREE)

Umpire may qualify for school credits as work experience

Umpire Apparel

Baseball Canada specific umpire clothes can be purchase from in Calgary, 2221 Crowchild Trail NW

Uniform  and  Equipment  Standards

The  items  listed  below  describe  the  proper  uniform  for  Umpires:



Black  Shirt  with  crest

Black  (or  optional  Red)  Undershirt

Black  Hat  (crest  is  optional)


Athletic  supporter  with  cup *

Chest  Protector *

Brush *

Mask *


Grey  Pants

Black  Shoes

Black  Belt

Black  Socks

Ball  Bag

Optional Shirts:

Powder  Blue

Black (or  optional  Navy  Blue) Undershirt


*  Items  marked  with  asterisk  apply  to  plate  umpires  only.


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