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This is a course for clerks and deputies who want to obtain their CiLCA qualification. Spread over 4 days, each day of 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 - 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:

Sam Shippen

Sam Shippen is Clerk to Bicester Town Council and has been involved with parish & town councils since January 1998, having previously held several posts in Durham County Council for thirteen years. She now has her own company, Sam Shippen Associates Ltd which offers locum services to councils alongside specific service, staffing and structural reviews or covering a single meeting.

Her long association with the SLCC includes having being Branch Secretary for County Durham & Cleveland Branch, representing the branch on the National Executive 2002/2010, NEC Vice Chairman 2006/07 and Chairman 2007/10, Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Local Council Management 2006/2014 and External Affairs Officer 2010/14. She has represented the SLCC on various national committees and been involved in the development of legislation with the Department of Communities and Local Government on behalf of the SLCC.

Sam has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators since 2006, having qualified as a chartered secretary in 1994. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Local Council Management and holds a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.






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:  £340.00 + VAT
 Non-members:  £390.00 + 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
20th Feb 18 - SOLD OUT!
13th Mar 18 - SOLD OUT!
17th Apr 18 - SOLD OUT!
CLC Eastleigh Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Southampton, SO50 9YN

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15th Mar 18
12th Apr 18
17th May 18
12th Jun 18
CLC Mold Mold Town Council, Head Office, Town Hall, Earl Road, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1AB

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  Get Directions £340 +VAT all days £390 +VAT all days Click Here

*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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