“ The Certificate in Local Council Administration “
An Introduction for Council Officers
Why should you take CiLCA?
CiLCA helps you to become more aware of the law and procedures for local councils and helps you work with the planning system. It checks that you can manage the council’s activities, its finances and community engagement. In England, a CiLCA-qualified clerk helps the council gain the general power of competence and a Quality or Quality Gold Award. CiLCA helps your council achieve standards of good practice and builds the reputation of local councils I a fast-changing world.
What is CiLCA?
CiLCA is like an A-level; it’s a Level 3 qualification tailored for the officers of local councils.
Who can take CiLCA?
Any officer who needs to know how local councils work can take CiLCA.
How does CiLCA work?
To prepare for CiLCA, you attend training managed by trained trainers. This provides both the knowledge that you need and guidance on completing the tasks to be assessed. You put together a portfolio of work for 30 activities. Some tasks involve writing an explanation while others ask for notes accompanying council documents. The aim is to show that you know, understand and can do what is expected at Level 3. There are five units covering the five themes:
- Core Roles in Local Council Administration
- Law & Procedure for Local Councils
- Finance for Local Councils
- Management for Local Councils
- Community Engagement
How can the council help?
As an employer, the council should support you; it is advised to
- Pay all costs. The investment is rewarded from the outset.
- Manage your workload. Too many demands can hinder your achievement.
- Provide and protect study time if your hours allow it. It’s worth preventing delay.
- Show an interest in your progress. This is encouraging and demonstrates support.
- Listen to your advice. The ain is to improve the council’s performance.
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