Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)
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.
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.
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.
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.
How much is it?
The registration fee for CiLCA is £350 (non-vatable). From 1st October 2020 the price to register increases to £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
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?
- 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).
- 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.
- Ascentis, the awarding body, recommends that you attend training to assist you in completing your qualification.
- 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.
- 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 £350* (non-vatable). From 1st October 2020 the price to register increases to £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.