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: 1 hour per session

100% Virtual: Sessions lead by a CiLCA trainer

Course Overview

The course comprises of twelve 1-hour evening 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 led by an experienced and well-qualified CiLCA trainer who will be able answer all of your questions.

Course Dates

Session 1 Thursday 10 March
Session 2 Thursday 24 March
Session 3 Thursday 28 April
Session 4 Thursday 12 May
Session 5 Thursday 19 May
Session 6 Thursday 9 June
Session 7 Thursday 23 June
Session 8 Thursday 14 July
Session 9 Thursday 15 September
Session 10 Thursday 29 September
Session 11 Thursday 13 October
Session 12 Thursday 10 November

Sessions are not recorded to protect confidentiality.

Time: Each session will be from 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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 £410. 


  • 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

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

Sam Shippen has been involved with parish & town councils since January 1998 as a clerk in permanent and locum roles, having previously held several posts in Durham County Council for thirteen years. She also has her own company, 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 Chartered Governance Institute (formerly the ICSA) since 2006, having qualified as a chartered secretary in 1994. She is also holds a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

CiLCA Recognised Trainer

Sam Shippen, CiLCA Trainer

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