03 Apr 2024

ITTF is pleased to announce that the 2024 International Umpire Examination will be conducted online from 10-31 October 2024. This decision is in accordance with the ITTF's ambition to consistently invest in, promote, and develop the field of Education, which is identified as a key priority in the ITTF Strategic Plan.

We hope that the 2024 International Umpire exam, once again conducted online, will act as a further catalyst in the development of match officials. It is aimed at providing additional assistance to Member Associations in their educational pathways, resulting in a higher number of certified International Umpires, which will eventually also raise the level of officiating at events of all levels and in all corners of the world.

The 2024 International Umpire exam will be run online via the ITTF educational platform and will be available in 9 languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian).

An additional component to the IU Examination is the 2024 IU Examination Preparatory Course, developed by the ITTF in close partnership with the Umpires and Referees Committee (URC). Open to all registered candidates, this interactive online course will be conducted from 16-30 September. The course material will be presented in six languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, and Russian) throughout three online sessions.

Applications for the 2024 IU Examination must be endorsed by a candidate’s respective Member Association and are open until Saturday 1 June 2024.

IU candidates must have excellent knowledge and understanding of the laws of table tennis and regulations for international competitions, as well as of the “Handbook for Match Officials” and/or any similar publications that they may have received by their MA or the ITTF.

Candidates must be born on or before 1 January 2004, and it is highly recommended that the candidates have passed the Umpires Level 2 (National Umpire) Exam (or equivalent), following the ITTF education program or a second level qualification under a Member Association´s own umpire education and qualification program for at least 2 years, and that they have a proven umpire experience in 3 national championships or 2 international events in the past 4 years.

After the validation of the overall examination outcome, successful candidates will receive an International Umpire E-certificate and will be included in the ITTF database of umpires.

If you are interested in registering, please contact your Member Association.

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