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Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)

What is CiLCA

This Level 3, foundation qualification provides you with a broad knowledge of all the aspects of a clerk’s work – roles and responsibilities, the law, procedures, finance planning and community involvement.

Benefits of CiLCA

Study CiLCA and learn the tools to:

  • Make confident, informative decisions for your council and your community
  • Advise the council on its duties and powers
  • Adapt to changing circumstances
  • Ensure your council is compliant with proper financial practices
  • Set a vision for the future for your council and your community
  • Respond to questions and problems with a dynamic, ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Advise and support the council as it identifies and implements plans for the future
  • CiLCA forms part of the criteria for the council to exercise the General Power of Competence. Find out more about the General Power of Competence.

Who can take CiLCA?

CiLCA is suitable for all officers working with local councils. Councillors and officers of advisory bodies have also taken CiLCA in the past.

CiLCA is flexible enough to suit candidates from the diversity of local councils.

When a council’s chief officer (clerk) has CiLCA , the council becomes eligible to apply for the higher levels of the Local Council Award Scheme (Quality and Quality Gold status) and will also be able to resolve to use the General Power of Competence.

It is recommended that a clerk should only begin CiLCA once they have a year’s experience in a local council role.

How do I complete CiLCA?

CiLCA is a portfolio based qualification using evidence from your own experience as a Clerk and the documentation you use as a council demonstrating your understanding and compliance with the required standards.

The portfolio guide is available for download prior to starting the qualification and this can be found here:  SLCC CiLCA portfolio guide

For further information about CiLCA, registration and the process please visit the SLCC website

SPCA Portfolio Training Courses

CiLCA should be viewed as ‘the test’ of your knowledge, rather than the learning.  It is therefore advised that officers be in post for approximately 12 months before attempting CiLCA, so they have the experience of the full council year as a foundation for their understanding and portfolio.

CiLCA Portfolio training comprises of training students in the knowledge of how to complete the qualification. It assists them in building their portfolio and gives guidance and support along the way.

Prior to attending the course, you will need to fill in a training needs analysis which will help us assess whether you are ready to embark on the course. Ascentis who accredit CiLCA are clear that candidates must not attempt the qualification until they have sufficient knowledge – if it is assessed by us and the candidate that knowledge is still required then relevant training courses can be recommended prior to commencing CiLCA.

For further information include course dates please visit the training section of our website.