Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)


Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)

Broad Knowledge

This Level 3, foundation qualification provides you with a broad knowledge of all the aspects of a clerk’s work – roles and responsibilities, the law, procedures, finance planning and community involvement.

Are you a clerk? We recommend that you’re in post for a minimum of 12 months before starting this qualification.

Benefits of CiLCA

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
  • CiLCA forms part of the criteria for the council to exercise the General Power of Competence. Find out more about the General Power of Competence.

Click here to view the CiLCA leaflet (printable version)

Who can take CiLCA?

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 (clerk) has CiLCA , s/he is eligible in England to apply for the Local Council Award Scheme (Quality and Quality Gold) and are also able to use the general power of competence.

When Registering…

Important: Please ensure that, when you register for CiLCA online, you login and register for yourself and not on behalf of someone else.

If you have a colleague who wishes to register for CiLCA please ask them to setup a user account here.


How much is it?

The registration fee for CiLCA is £410 (non-vatable).

The full four-day course is £340 + VAT for members or £390 + VAT for non-members (in addition to the registration fee).


The current re-sit fee is £10 per learning outcome. There is no charge for the first referral. If successfully passed, you will receive your certificate in the post. Download the CiLCA Referral Form

View more information on referrals in the Referrals Policy 2020

Additional Costs – In undertaking this course, you may incur further costs that are not included in the tuition fee, to view additional costs click here.

Wales Bursary Scheme

The Welsh Government is pleased to announce a bursary scheme to cover the costs of clerks who wish to undertake their CiLCA qualification in 2020-2, click here to find out more.

CiLCA Support Webinars

Designed for students who have already attended face-to-face, CiLCA training with SLCC or the County Association, each 60-minute webinar will cover one unit and, to provide individual support, each webinar will cater for a maximum of 6 delegates.

We would ask that students who receive training and mentoring through their County Association to contact them in the first instance to find out if they are offering a similar virtual service.

Webinar delegates are advised to come prepared to ask questions and share their thoughts. Each session will be charged at £20 + VAT.

To view the available support webinar dates, please click here.

We are also pleased to offer virtual, one-to-one mentoring sessions. For more information please contact Serena Sunderland, cilca@slcc.co.uk

CiLCA Intake

From 1 October 2020 all prospective CiLCA candidates will be registered through the SLCC on the EMMA system in bi-monthly intakes.

All prospective students can still register on the website at any time however, from 1 October 2020, they will not be set up on the EMMA system until the next intake date.

Payment for the CiLCA must be received by the intake date for the candidate to be set up on EMMA. If payment is not received by the intake date then the candidate will not be set up on EMMA until the following intake.

CiLCA Intake dates:

  • 1 October 2020
  • 1 December 2020
  • 1 February 2021
  • 1 April 2021
  • 1 June 2021
  • 1 August 2021
  • 1 October 2021
  • 1 December 2021

Candidates on each intake will still have year to complete their CiLCA qualification.

Am I ready to register?

  1. You need to be sure that you are ready to study CiLCA so take a look at the CiLCA Training Needs Analysis and see how you score. If you find you should study ILCA or do induction training with your County Association, then don’t register for CiLCA just yet. You should also delay studying CiLCA until you have gained some experience of working in the sector (e.g six months).
  2. Contact the SLCC or your local County Association who will be able to assist you in organising CiLCA training to help you achieve the qualification. When booking your CiLCA training session lookout for the CiLCA recognised trainer logo. If you can’t find a course near you then let us know by completing an ‘Expressions of Interest’ form.
  3. Ascentis, the awarding body, recommends that you attend training to assist you in completing your qualification.
  4. Go on an SLCC CilCA training session or a CiLCA training session offered by your County Association. The Portfolio Guide is an essential handbook taking you through what is required; everyone benefits from a trainer who supports you through to a successful CiLCA: 2017 Portfolio Guide in English, 2017 Portfolio Guide in Welsh Gan bod ein staff gweinyddu yn ddi Gymraeg, oes modd gofyn unrhyw gwestiwn yn Saesneg os gwelwch yn dda.
  5. Register for your CiLCA qualification online after you have attended your first training session. You have 12 months from registration to complete the course so registering after your first training session makes the best use of your time. The cost to register is £410 (non-vatable). Please ensure that the name you register for the qualification is the name of the student on the course.

Your Login Details:

After registration, you will receive your details to login. This is sent by the EMMA e-portfolio system as an automated message (check your junk mail if it fails to arrive). You can then start to upload your completed work. Please note that this process can take up to four weeks and your 12-month completion period begins from the date of registration which will be noted on your registration email. You can take a look at EMMA on this short video. 

CiLCA Recognised Trainer

CiLCA Certificates - Update

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the awarding body working remotely, some students may experience a delay in receiving their CiLCA certificates.
We apologise for this and aim to get certificates delivered as soon as possible.

“The feedback from the assessor was invaluable and they NEVER criticised – only offered assistance and guidance where and when needed. I will certainly recommend anyone to use EMMA for their CILCA portfolio.” Jane Tyrrell, Hartley Parish Council