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This is a course for clerks and deputies who want to obtain their CiLCA 2015 qualification and enrolled after 1st April 2015. Click here for more information on changes to CilCA and submission deadlines. Spread over 4 days with a month between each day the course covers all the questions within the five sections of the Portfolio of evidence required for CiLCA. Some work will be needed between each course day to write or gather together the evidence needed for the Portfolio submission.

The course explains the background to each question giving you a broad knowledge of all the aspects of the clerk's work - roles and responsibilities, the law, procedures, finance planning and community involvement.

Obtaining CiLCA will give you confidence in your role within local councils.

Who should attend?

  • Clerks currently undertaking CiLCA 2015 - Certificate in Local Council Administration.

Course Outline:

The four day course follows the sections of the portfolio of evidence. If you only wish to attend a certain day, then you may do so. Delegate fees below advise a per day fee.

Day One: Roles, duties & responsibilities, employment issues, CPD and PR and communication

Day Two: The General Power of Competence, new legislation and sources of advice, agenda setting and meeting procedures, standing orders and committees and Freedom of information.

Day Three: Accounting and statutory guidance, budgeting, grant awarding policies, insurance, sources of advice on financial matters and VAT.

Day Four: The planning framework, effective observations on planning applications, partnership working, funding sources and community engagement.

‘Very beneficial course, well presented with excellent supporting documentation.’ Jeremy Parkhouse, Llanrhidian Higher Community Council


0930 - 1530*
*Exact timings will be confirmed when you receive your joining instructions.

About the trainers:


Bruce Poole

Bruce has been a parish clerk for over 32 years having just retired from three small parish councils one being Bleadon Parish Council where he has been for some 26 years. In addition he has been serving East Huntspill Parish Council and Puriton Parish Council for 11 years and 10 years respectively. Currently he is the parish clerk to South Petherton and town clerk to Shepton Mallet Town Council.

He is a past president of the Society of Local Council Clerks 2010/11 having served on its National Executive Council and as Cabinet Member for a number of years. Currently he is chairman of the Somerset Branch of Town and Parish Clerks and the County Mentoring Officer. He is CiLCA Trained and holds the Certificate for the Power of Well Being. He gained a 2.1 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Local Policy with the University of Gloucestershire in 2010. From this he continues to act as an Employment Support Officer and runs Training Courses for both SLCC (Society of Local Council Clerks) and SALC (Somerset Association of Local Councils).

Bruce holds fellowship membership of the Institute of Local Council Management and is a master municipal clerk with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. In May 2015 he was sworn in at the Hartford Connecticut IMMC Conference as one of two Regional Board Directors for Region XI. Region XI representing clerk organisations outside North America

He is married to Ann and between them have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoys family life and his outside of work activities includes his local church scouting and masonry.



Gwilym Rippon 

Gwilym is a Town Clerk to Bishop’s Castle Town Council, a clerk to 2 small Parish Councils in Shropshire Bettws y Crwyn and Newcastle and a clerk to a Community Council in Powys, Abermule (with) Llandyssil Community Council. Previously a Police Officer for 33 years he came into the sector by accident but now thoroughly enjoys the work. Gwilym is the only clerk that holds CiLCA England and Wales qualifications, has attended the University of Gloucestershire and has attained a Certificate of Higher Education in Community Engagement and Governance. He wears several hats of the society, those being. Trainer for Wales, Employment support Officer and Deputy Advisor for Wales. He was the Chair of Herefordshire Branch and  represented Powys Branch on the NEC (National Executive Council).  Gwilym also sat on the board member of the ILCM (Institute of Local Council Management) and is a member of the Institute. Gwilym is also a member of the IIMC (International Institute of Municipal Clerks) and attended his first internal conference in Brussels in June 2014 and will repeat this in September 2017‚Äč


Delegate Fees:

For those attending the full four day course the following fees apply:

 SLCC Members:  £300.00 + VAT
 Non-members:  £350.00 + VAT

If your clerk attends, subsequent bookings for the same course from members of the council may attend at the member rate.

There is not just value in your investment in attending the training course, but these are also great opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and make new contacts.

Book your next personal development opportunity now!

 Date  Course Code  Venue  Directions  Members  Non Members  Register
14th Nov 17
12th Dec 17
CLC Chepstow Chepstow Town Hall,

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*Your registration will secure you a place on the course. Your booking will then be confirmed and invoices issued approximately 3 weeks before the course date. At a similar time you will also be sent a delegate list and joining instructions detailing the venue, parking, trainer and any other details relevant to the course. It is advised not to book your travel until the course is confirmed and you have received your joining instructions.

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