Published: 08 October 2018


(Certificate in Local Council Administration)

This is a bi monthly four session course to be delivered by Kim Bedford FILCM


Session 1 Monday 26 November 2018 9.30 to 2.30 (lunch included)

Session 2 Monday 18 February 2019 9.30 to 2.30 (bring own lunch)

Session 3 Monday 15 April 2019 9.30 to 2.30 (bring own lunch)

Session 4 Monday 17 June 2019 9.30 to 2.30 (bring own lunch)

Where: Committee Room, The Calcot Centre, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 4XD

Cost: The cost for the supportive Training Course will be dependent on the course take up and if say ten delegates sign up then the cost per delegate (for BALC member councils) would be in the region of £240 plus VAT for the four day course (which is in line with other providers nationally), nine delegates would be say £260 plus VAT, eight delegates £290 plus VAT, seven delegates £330 plus VAT and six delegates £390 plus VAT. The non-refundable fees are for the whole course (4 sessions) and will be payable in advance of the course commencing.

Please note: The above costs are in addition to the £250 CiLCA Administration/ Registration fee to SLCC (please see information below).

Please do not register for the CiLCA Course with SLCC until after your first training session as the 12 month clock will start ticking.

Who should attend? The course is ideal for anyone wanting to undertake the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) who already has some foundation and understanding of Local Councils and the work involved. Taking CiLCA is not intended to be a training course for Clerks and delegates are strongly encouraged to firstly attend BALC’s ‘Clerks – The Knowledge’ training course.

The course is split into four bi-monthly sessions on the above dates allowing time for delegates to get started on the different units in the CiLCA Portfolio Guide. All students will receive a brief in advance to prepare for the next Tutorial.

· What is required to complete the Portfolio:

· Understanding the Learning Outcomes

· Covering each Unit

· An opportunity to network with others completing CiLCA

· Targets to keep you on track

· Briefings from the trainer on what to do next

· Knowing there is support available

A CiLCA qualified Clerk will help towards his/her Council gaining the General Power of Competence and achieving a Quality or Quality Gold Local Council Award (formerly known as Quality Status).

Please email Sue Ramage at HALC ( to register your interest by 30 October when the decision on whether to go ahead will be made or complete the online form here.

FAQ and Further Information

· CiLCA (Certificate in Local Council Administration) The CiLCA is the recognised qualification demonstrating the competence of a Parish Clerk

· What is CiLCA CiLCA is like an ‘A’ level (a level 3 qualification) tailored for the officers of local councils

· Why should you take CiLCA? CiLCA helps you to become more aware of the law and procedures for |Local Councils. It checks that you can manage the council’s activities, its finances and community engagement

· A CiLCA qualified Clerk is essential for a Council to gain both the General Power of Competence and Quality or Quality Gold level for the Local Council Award (previously Quality council Scheme)

· How does CiLCA work? The course is run by Kim Bedford FILCM who offers full mentoring and support, knowledge and guidance on completing the tasks to be assessed. You put together a portfolio of work for 30 activities to demonstrate that you know, understand and can do what is expected to pass. There are five units covering all the aspects of the Local Council sector:

1. Core roles in Local Council administration

2. Law and procedure for Local Councils

3. Finance for Local Councils

4. Management for Local Councils

5. Community Engagement

· How long does CiLCA take? It may take between six months and a year (the maximum time limit) to complete CiLCA

· How much does it cost? The Registration Fee for taking CiLCA is £250 plus charges for training/mentoring from your training provider (see above under Cost)

· How can your Council help? Pay all the costs. The investment is rewarded from the outset.