County Associations are representative bodies for local councils in their area and play a key role in the work that the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) do.

CiLCA is a practical foundation qualification for the sector, available to all local sector staff and councillors.

Ascentis, the awarding body, recommends that you attend training to assist you in completing your qualification. By attending a CiLCA training course, you will have access to a recognised CiLCA trainer. You can then ask them any questions regarding CiLCA.

The County Associations and their recognised CiLCA trainers are an accredited training provider for CiLCA and have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) in place with the SLCC. A recognised CiLCA trainer is responsible for training students who are preparing for the CiLCA qualification.

This page provides details of the County Associations CiLCA training.

Berkshire Association of Local Councils

The Berkshire ALC CiLCA Training and Mentoring Programme has four sessions, each lasting 3.5 hours.  The sessions are a mix of face to face and online.

The sessions are held throughout the 12 months that you are registered to take the CiLCA.

For details, please contact: [email protected].

Cornwall Association of Local Councils (CALC)

CALC CiLCA Training: Introductory session plus 5 unit sessions, catch-up sessions, and ongoing mentoring support for 6 months. This course is designed to support and mentor clerks in submitting their CiLCA Portfolio and becoming CiLCA qualified.

Cost: From £240 plus VAT – to £360 plus VAT depending on the size of the sponsoring council.

Full details and dates for the 2023 introductory session can be found here: or by emailing [email protected].

County Durham Association of Local Councils & Cleveland Association of Local Councils (CDALC)

2023  CILCA Training 

More dates coming soon.

For more information contact Steve /Audrey [email protected]

Devon Association of Local Councils (DALC)

Devon’s CiLCA Support Programme costs £300 + VAT, and includes 7 training webinars covering all units alongside 12 months of mentoring support offered either one-to-one or in our monthly CiLCA Mentoring Drop-In Sessions, all with one of our CiLCA Recognised Trainers. We aim to run two courses a year, starting in the spring and the autumn, with webinars taking place each month.

Contact [email protected] for an Expression of Interest Pack and to check the next available dates.

Dorset Association of Parish & Town Councils (DAPTC)

CiLCA qualifications have been supported in Dorset from late 2022. To find out how the CiLCA Cohorts run across the year both online and in person check out our dedicated webpage: CiLCA In Dorset. Here you will find dates to register with DAPTC and a support pack for discussion with your council.

Contact by tel: 01305 224460

Email: [email protected]

Website: Dorset Association of Parish & Town Councils

Gloucestershire Association of Parish & Town Councils (GAPTC)

CiLCA Support over 4 sessions held at the GAPTC Office, Falcon Close, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 4LY with training being delivered by Jules Owen FSLCC (FdCG).

Each session will commence at 9.30am sharp and finish at 2.30pm. There will be a mid morning break at circa 11.00am and a break for lunch at circa 12.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but you will need to bring your lunch.

Click here to download the Mentoring Structure

Click here to download the 2024 Learning Agreement

For further details contact; [email protected]

Hampshire Association of Local Councils (HALC)

The Hampshire ALC CiLCA Training and Mentoring Programme has four sessions, each lasting 3.5 hours. The sessions are a mix of face to face and online.

The sessions are held throughout the 12 months that you are registered to take the CiLCA.

For details, please contact: [email protected]

Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC)

Train the Trainer

We have now arranged for the Train the Trainer course to be delivered online.  The course is not only for new trainers but trainers who want to have a refresher and explore new ways of delivering training.  This is a certified course with Imaginarium and a certificate will be provided on successful completion.  This course is a new requirement by SLCC for anyone delivering CiLCA training that do not have an Educational background/qualification

The aims of the course:

  • Give delegates the ability to design and deliver courses
  • Understand the importance of different learning styles
  • Understand their own learning style
  • Develop an interactive approach – this is even more important during online training
  • Make training interesting and fun
  • Build confidence

Click here to find out more. 

Norfolk Association of Local Councils (Norfolk ALC)

Norfolk Association of Local Councils (Norfolk ALC)

CiLCA Training – 6-session course and ongoing mentoring support to portfolio completion.  This course is delivered twice a year, beginning March and September.

Our Recognised Trainer will discuss personalised training programme options if our group training is not convenient due to other work or family commitments.

March 2024 course

Session dates are 21 March, 18 April, 16 May, 20 June, 18 July and 22 August.

September 2024 Course

Session dates are 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 19 December, 16 January 2025, 20 February 2025.

The six sessions make up the full training course and are designed to support your portfolio submission by instalment. This training course will explain how to compile your portfolio, and considers each of the 30 learning outcomes, through discussions, exercises, and feedback on produced work.

The first session starts at 9.30am through to 1.30pm. Subsequent sessions times are 09.30am to 12.30pm.  All sessions are delivered through Zoom.

For further information or to discuss other CiLCA study options, such as individual support, contact our CiLCA recognised Trainer, Gabbie Joyce, on [email protected]

You can book your place on a course via our online booking system.

Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils (Northants CALC)

CiLCA Training – 7-session course 

7 3-hour sessions delivered across 8 months.

Alongside that you will get 12 months of mentoring and access to our free CiLCA focus sessions each month, all with our CiLCA recognised trainer.

More information can be found at or by emailing [email protected].

Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils (OALC)

Contact Lucy Dalby; [email protected]

Shropshire Association of Local Councils (SALC)

CiLCA support over 4 sessions

For details contact [email protected]


Somerset Association of Local Councils (SALC)

Cost: £299 for member councils (£600 for non-members)

Five in-person small group training sessions held in Somerton over 5 months (each session runs from 10am until 4pm), with regular additional one-to-one mentoring sessions scheduled online throughout a 12-month period.  All training and mentoring is delivered by our recognised CiLCA trainer.

All scheduled dates are published on the SALC website training page here. To discuss any aspect of the training, email [email protected].

Staffordshire Parish Councils Association (SPCA)

CiLCA support over 8 sessions

CiLCA Support Programme includes all 8 sessions alongside 12 months of mentoring support which is offered either one-to-one or in our CiLCA Mentoring Drop-In Sessions.

Sessions will be held via zoom.

For further details please contact [email protected].

Surrey and Sussex County Associations

CiLCA training course over four sessions

2022/23 Surrey and Sussex Programme Dates

West Sussex ALC, East Sussex ALC and Surrey ALC offer the below online training:

The introduction session will be 2.5 hours starting at 9.30am.

All other sessions will run from 9.30am to 1.30pm online.

Introduction session First Training Session Second Training Session Final Training Session
20 September 2022 11 October 2022 8 November 2022 13 December 2022
24 January 2023 14 February 2023 7 March 2023 28 March 2023
18 April 2023 9 May 2023 13 June 2023 4 July 2023
19 September 2023 10 October 2023 7 November 2023 12 December 2023

For more details and to book a place, please contact Sue Hobbs at [email protected]

Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils (WALC)

All sessions are held on Zoom and run from 9.30am – 1.00pm.

Tutor Gill Lungley

Fees: £35.00 to Members working towards CiLCA

To book your place visit the WALC website.

Wiltshire Association of Local Councils (WALC)

CiLCA support over 4 sessions via Zoom

For details contact: [email protected]

Click here for training dates, course information, cost, and booking form.