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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!


Small Councils - If your council has a precept under £40,000 (Wales) you may be entitled to a bursary. Click here to find out more.


Register Online TODAY!
Click here to register for CiLCA. You will have 12 months from registration to complete the course.

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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 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 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 Ascentis. Ascentis is an accrediting and awarding body based in Lancaster. It accredits CiLCA, monitors quality assurance to protect the integrity of CiLCA and gives the awards.

The IDB and NTAG worked with AptEd (now Ascentis) to develop CiLCA as a Level 3 qualification worth 20 credits. The qualification complies with the awarding body’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 dispatch 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 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.
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Register Online TODAY!
Click here to register for CiLCA. You will have 12 months from registration to complete the course.

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

Hardcopy Submissions
To download the first referral form for CiLCA
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.

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