Are you a current CiLCA student who has already attended CiLCA training with SLCC or your County Association?

Or have you enrolled on the qualification within the past 18 months?

Do you need help overcoming any hurdles you’re facing in completing your portfolio?

If yes, this focus session is for you!

Date: Tuesday 8 February, from 10:00am – 11:00am

Price: The cost for this session is: £20 + VAT

Duration: 1 hour per focus session

Course Overview


This 60-minute webinar will cover one of the five CiLCA units, and clarify what is expected for submissions.

To provide more tailored level of support, each webinar will be limited to a maximum of 6 delegates.

You are advised to come prepared to ask questions and share your thoughts.

Sessions are not recorded to protect confidentiality.



If you have not attended a CiLCA training course, the awarding body recommends that you attend training to assist you in completing your qualification. You should always contact your County Association first, to find out the dates and cost of your County Association CiLCA training. The SLCC also provides training for CiLCA, click here to view SLCC’s available training.

CPD Points: You can claim 1 CPD point per CiLCA focus session


You should have:

  • Attended CiLCA training with the SLCC or your County Association within the past 18 months.
  • Enrolled on the CiLCA qualification
  • Access to the relevant CiLCA portfolio guide
  • Access to a computer/laptop in a location where you are not disturbed

Attendance Requirements: Students who receive training and mentoring through their County Association should contact them in the first instance to find out if they provide a similar virtual service as it is preferable to undertake CiLCA training locally.

About the Trainer

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.

CiLCA Recognised Trainer

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