Umpire Exams are open to any member of a club affiliated to Rowing Ireland who is 18 years or older. They are held annually in each of the four provinces, normally between January and March.

For those sitting the exam for the first time the format is as follows :

Seminar: The seminar which generally takes approximately 90 mins is a general run through the duties of a starter, umpire and judge. All aspects of an umpires duties are covered and this portion of the exam is invaluable in the later sections.

Exam Paper: This is a multiple-choice paper with 25 questions. There are three possible answers to each scenario given. None, one, two or three of the answers may be correct. You must circle all correct answers on the answer paper provided. Most of the questions are based on the rules for Competitive Rowing but candidates should be familiar with all sections of the rule book. A pass mark of 70% is required. Candidates are permitted 30 minutes to complete the paper.

Practical: Candidates who are not renewing or those with a licence which has expired by more than one year must also take a practical. This consists of a simulated course on which you and a maximum of two others will be asked to align, start, umpire or judge. The emphasis for new candidates will be on short course starts. The examiners will be judging you on how you act in each scenario they pose. A good knowledge of the rules combined with the ability to make rational and fair decisions is required.

Having passed the examination, candidates who are considered to have the confidence to commence umpiring on their own are awarded full licences. More commonly however successful candidates are awarded “provisional” licences. This means that the holder must officiate at a minimum of two different regattas under the supervision of two different a licenced umpires to obtain their licence. If the provisional holder fails to officiate at two regattas under supervision the licence lapses and the entire examination must again be undertaken in a subsequent year. Licences are valid for a period of five years. To renew a licence, the holder must attend a seminar and score 70% on the exam paper.

Starter Section

In 2020 the umpires committee decided to add a Starter section to the umpires list. These starters are seen as existing starters at Irish Regattas and hold vast experience in the start area. This list will be updated over the course of the upcoming months with these experienced starters.

Any new or existing umpire who would like to move onto the Start List would apply to and will be partnered with a Starter as a mentor who will recommend if the umpire is good enough to join the start list.

For further information please contact, or browse the documents below.