CiLCA Portfolio Course

This is a CiLCA training course for clerks, deputy clerks and other council staff who wish to obtain their Level 3 qualification. 

It is very strongly recommended that you attend a CiLCA training course to help you in completing your evidence for the qualification.

Cost: Members – £250 + VAT, Non-members – £300 + VAT

Duration: 2 hours per session

100% Virtual: Sessions lead by a CiLCA trainer

Course Overview

The course comprises six 2-hour webinar sessions once a month. The aim is to help you to build your portfolio by understanding the evidence to be submitted for the CiLCA qualification. The sessions are lead by an experienced and well-qualified CiLCA trainer who will answer all your questions. The course content is as follows: 

Session 1 – Unit One: Core Roles in Local Council Administration
Session 2 – Unit Two: Law and Procedures for Local Councils
Session 3 – Unit Three: Finance for Local Councils
Session 4 – Unit Four: Management for Local Councils
Session 5 – Unit Five: Community Engagement
Session 6 – Recap session: Opportunity to discuss any Learning Outcomes (LOs) you may need clarification on

Sessions are not recorded to protect confidentiality.

Course Dates

Session 1 – Wednesday 18 September 2024

Session 2 – Wednesday 16 October 2024

Session 3 – Wednesday 13 November 2024

Session 4 – Wednesday 11 December 2024

Session 5 – Wednesday 15 January 2025

Session 6 – Wednesday 19 February 2025

Time: Each session will be from 13:00 – 15:00

You will need to complete a CiLCA training needs analysis and return it to [email protected] prior to the first session. 

This course is similar to driving lessons; it is not the actual CiLCA qualification.

Candidates must register separately for the qualification for which the fee is £450. 


  • You are strongly advised to have had a minimum of 12 months working in the sector
  • You should have achieved ILCA and ILCA to CiLCA or attended training for clerks run by your County Association
  • You must complete a Training Needs Analysis form for your trainer
  • You must have access to a computer/laptop in a location where you are not disturbed
  • Attended an Introduction to CiLCA session

Attendance Requirements: It is expected that all students will attend all six sessions.

CPD Points: You can claim 10 CPD points for attending this course.

About the Trainer

Elisabeth Skinner is a Senior Support Tutor for those undertaking the Community Governance qualifications delivered in partnership with De Montfort University and a CiLCA recognised trainer. After 22 years as a lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire as a Course Leader for the higher education qualification for clerks, Elisabeth was appointed the Academic Leader of the Society from 2012 – 2023, where she had overall responsibility for the SLCC qualifications.  On behalf of the Improvement & Development Board for the sector she helped to create CiLCA. She was awarded an MBE for her services to the local council sector in 2019.

Elisabeth Skinner MBE FSLCC, Academic Leader

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