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Would you like to build your confidence in your role within local council?

The CiLCA 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. It is a level 3, foundation qualification for local council officers and others working with local councils.

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
  • And much more!

What is CiLCA?
CiLCA is a Certificate in Local Council Administration awarded at Level 3 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) where it is worth 20 credits.  The qualification is owned and managed by the Improvement and Development Board (IDB) working on behalf of local councils in England and the National Training Advisory Group (NTAG) representing local councils in Wales.  Local councils in this instance are parish, town, community and neighbourhood councils.  CiLCA is administered by the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC). 

A useful guide 'CiLCA - An Introduction for Councillors' can be downloaded here.

Where has CiLCA 2015 come from?
CiLCA was created by the sector bodies in England as a foundation qualification in 2001 and accredited and quality assured by the AQA as part of a new National Training Strategy.  In 2003 the Monitoring and Verification Board (M&VB) took over responsibility on behalf of the sector bodies and CiLCA Wales was launched in 2010.  CiLCA has been updated from time to time and was then refreshed in 2015 to position it at Level 3 of the NQF making it transferable outside the sector.  CiLCA 2015 also has its roots in a set of occupational standards for the chief officers or clerks of a local council approved in 2012 following consultation across the sector.  The standards indicate to employers the potential scope of the chief officer’s work. 

Who manages and administers CiLCA?
The IDB and NTAG are responsible for strategic oversight with operational review in the hands of a committee representing both England and Wales.  The IDB’s secretariat is provided by the Improvement and Development Manager at the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) while One Voice Wales (OVW) provides support for NTAG.  The SLCC is approved as a delivery centre for CiLCA by AptEd.   AptEd is an accrediting and awarding body based in Plymouth.  It accredits CiLCA, monitors quality assurance to protect the integrity of CiLCA and gives the awards. 

The IDB and NTAG have worked with AptEd to develop CiLCA as a Level 3 qualification worth 20 credits.  The qualification complies with AptEd’s approved framework.  

CiLCA is administered by officers at the SLCC.  The Head of Conferences, Training and Education manages the education and administrative team including the Academic Leader, the Internal Quality Assurance (QA) Verifier and the CiLCA Administrator.  The Academic Leader advises on the academic integrity of the qualification.  The Internal QA Verifier manages the CiLCA assessment process and the assessors who mark the portfolios.  The CiLCA Administrator liaises with candidates and assessors, manages the receipt and despatch of portfolios and keeps all records.

CiLCA is a qualification and not a training course.  CiLCA trainers provide training and mentoring independently and in a variety of ways through the SLCC, OVW and CALCs nationwide.   Training for recognised CiLCA trainers is provided by the IDB and NTAG in partnership with the SLCC.  The Improvement and Development Manager at NALC manages the service to trainers on behalf of the IDB and works in partnership with One Voice Wales. 

For further information, a copy of the 2015 Portfolio Guide which includes the assessment criteria can be downloaded:

Click here to download the Portfolio Guide in English language.

Click here to download the Portfolio Guide in Welsh language.
Gan bod ein staff gweinyddu yn ddi Gymraeg, oes modd gofyn unrhyw gwestiwn yn Saesneg os gwelwch yn dda.

How do I submit my portfolio?
The preferred method is to submit your portfolio online via EMMA. This means that you can upload documents directly and you can submit unit by unit, you will receive feedback as you go. We can accept a hardcopy but this can only be in one complete document.  Your entire portfolio should be sent to the CiLCA administrator at SLCC, 8 the Crescent, Taunton TA1 4EA following the guidelines in the portfolio guide.

Click here to find out how to use the online tool.

In either case you will need to use the submission forms which can be found below:

To download the registration form for CiLCA click here.

ubmission form
To download Form 03 CiLCA Portfolio Front Sheet click here.

Students in both England and Wales can submit their portfolio from 1st August 2015.

Resubmission Forms

EMMA Submissions
To download the first referral form for CiLCA 2015
click here.
To download the referral form for second and subsequent submissions click here

Hardcopy Submissions
To download the first referral form for CiLCA 2015
click here.
To download the referral form for second and subsequent submissions click here

Alternatively contact your local County Training Partnership who will be able to assist you in organising training and development to help you achieve the qualification, click here for a list of CTPs.

If you have any questions please email
[email protected]

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