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This is a course for clerks and deputies who want to obtain their Level 3, 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.
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!

Who should attend?

  • 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 (or clerk) has CiLCA , s/he is qualified in England for the purposes of the Local Council Award Scheme (Quality and Quality Gold) and eligibility for the council to use the general power of competence.

Course Outline:
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

'I am undertaking the CiLCA qualification to improve my knowledge and understanding of local councils so that I can provide informed advice to North Horsham Parish Council (NHPC). In the long term I strive to become Clerk for a council where this qualification would have given me a good foundation of knowledge and confidence, alongside my practical learning at NHPC.' Ross McCartney

"I have to say that I have found the process completely different from what I expected. The feedback has been nothing but constructive and supportive and I found the process to be very affirming, in what is often such an isolated job." Gill Merry, Aston Clinton Parish Council

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

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
2nd Sep 19
16th Oct 19
27th Nov 19
16th Dec 19
Eastleigh Eastleigh Borough Council,
Eastleigh House,
Upper Market Street,
SO50 9YN

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9th Sep 19
8th Oct 19
12th Nov 19
10th Dec 19
Bicester Bicester Town Council
The Garth
Launton Road
OX26 6PS

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10th Sep 19
29th Oct 19
12th Nov 19
10th Dec 19
Mold Mold Town Council,
Town Hall,
Earl Road,

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11th Sep 19
9th Oct 19
Melksham Melksham Town Council
Head Office
Town Hall
Market Place
SN12 6ES

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18th Sep 19
15th Oct 19
Clevedon Town Council Office
44 Old Street
BS21 6BU

Venue Link
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23rd Sep 19
21st Oct 19
18th Nov 19
9th Dec 19
Nailsea The Tithe Barn
Church Lane
North Somerset
BS48 4NG

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26th Sep 19
17th Oct 19
14th Nov 19
19th Dec 19
Builth Wells Strand Hall,
Strand Street,
Builth Wells,
LD2 3AA.

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23rd Jan 20
27th Feb 20
19th Mar 20
23rd Apr 20
Carmarthen Hafan Cymru Conference Suite (Carmarthen)
Stephens Way,
SA31 2BG

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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​.


Bruce Poole

Bruce has wide experience in the 1st tier of local government both as a town and parish clerk spanning some 30 plus years. He has also acted as a consultant on numerous occasions when various councils have required new direction.

He is a Past President of the Society of Local Council Clerks 2010/11 having served on its National Executive Council (NEC) and as cabinet member for a number of years. He is currently a Fellow member of the Society, Chairman of the Somerset Branch and mentor for Somerset as well as being a Master Municipal Clerk with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) where he had the honour of serving as Regional Director (2015-17.)

Bruce is CiLCA qualified 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 several training courses for SLCC.

He is a passionate believer in training, supporting and encouraging colleagues to become suitably qualified.


Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent 5 days after the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.


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