The Certificate in Local Council Administration

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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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What do you have to do to start the CiLCA portfolio?
  1. Decide you want to complete the qualification and get the support of your council

  2. Candidates should sign up with WALC for CiLCA Training before registering for the qualification. 
    >   This will ensure that candidates are well prepared before the 12  month clock starts ticking!
    >   Training will be invoiced at the outset at the rate of £100.00* per candidate.
    >   This fee covers all training sessions; networking sessions and mentoring.

  3. Download the portfolio guide and start your portfolio.

  4. Training will consist of three half day sessions; each session is held twice a year.
    There will also be three networking events a year to enable candidates to get together and swap ideas and thoughts.
    You will be eligible for 2 hours of one to one mentoring with the tutor to get your portfolio ready to submit; this can be taken as face to face sessions, by telephone and by email.

  5. Having completed the first two training sessions**, candidates should then register for CiLCA with the SLCC
    The timeframe for completing the qualification, after registering, is 12 months. 

  6. FINALLY SUBMIT YOUR PORTFOLIO

*You can claim £60.00 cash back from WALC once you have registered with SLCC to start submitting your portfolio. (see the cashback claim form link)

**To help CiLCA candidates keep the momentum with the qualification we ask that people registered on the WALC CiLCA training scheme sign up with SLCC to start submitting their portfolio before coming to the final (3rd) session of the training. The intention is to prevent candidates delaying their registration and wasting the training.  This process will start the clock running as they complete our training and therefore maximise the benefit of it.


  •  Completing the CILCA award is worth 20 CPD points; attending each training session is worth 1.5 CPD points; each hour of mentoring will be worth 0.5 CPD points.

CiLCA and the Local Council Award Scheme

A qualified Clerk will enable a Council to consider Silver or Gold Levels. A council may also be able to use the General Power of Competence under the localism act of 2011 which give Councils far greater scope to use their funds.       

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Training Scheme Fees

Candidates should undertake the CILCA Training scheme before registering for the qualification.

  • Course fee £100.00* for members payable to 'WALC'
  • *Cash back of £60.00 will be refunded £60.00 cash back from WALC once your portfolio is complete.  (cashback claim form on the last page)
  • Non-members fee is £150.00, which includes attendance at 3 portfolio training events.  Mentoring for non-members is charged at a rate of £30.00 per hour. No cash back is available for non-members.
  • Members of other associations may attend individual training sessions at a cost of £30.

CiLCA Fee Structure
  • The current registration fee for CiLCA is £250.
    • Due to increased costs in delivering CiLCA, the registration fee will be increasing to £350 on the 1st October 2018.

There is no charge for the first referral.  The fee for additional re-sits is to be confirmed.

If successfully passed, you will be written to informing you of this, and will receive a certificate.


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ILCA Fee Structure

Prices are £99 + vat for SLCC members and all Council Officers of a Council whose Clerk is a member and £149 + vat for non-members.

Small Councils - If your council has a precept under £40,000 (Wales)  you may be entitled to a bursary. Click here to find out more.

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Available Forms and Downloads

If you are thinking of registering for CiLCA 2015 please contact the WALC office to discuss further.


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CiLCA Section 7 – The General Power of Competence

For those students who are eligible to take section LO7 in isolation (please see below) you should complete section LO7, complete and attach the submittal form then post with the £30 fee to the SLCC head office (full submission details can be found on the form). If you have undertaken training for this section and been awarded a Certificate of Attendance, please also attach a copy of that certificate.

If you are required to resit section LO7 in isolation you should complete another submittal form, then post with the £30 fee and your revised section LO7 to the SLCC head office.

Eligibility to take section LO7 in isolation:

• If a clerk holds the AQA qualification or a CiLCA taken before CiLCA 2012 then section LO7 in the 2015 guide must be passed as a stand-alone module in order to exercise the General Power of Competence.

• If the clerk holds the tailored qualification from the University of Gloucestershire (but not AQA/CiLCA), section LO7 in the 2015 guide must be passed as a stand-alone module in order to exercise the General Power of Competence.

• If you do not hold any qualifications presently you are required to pass the 2015 CiLCA in its entirety.

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Introduction to Local Council Administration ILCA

The Essential Knowledge for all new clerks in England and Wales    

This new online sector specific learning tool will support all new council clerks in their roles in the first few months of employment, as well as those hoping to go on and complete their CiLCA qualification. The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the work of a local council, the clerk and its councillors.

Why take ILCA?

Working with a local council really makes a difference in the community. Whether clerk or councillor, qualified and trained people are needed to carry out challenging roles. A council of quality embraces learning and development among councillors and staff. Appropriate training provides a council with the necessary tools to be effective. Clerks and councillors should both understand the legal framework, how a council operates, how responsibilities are allocated and how to manage council activities and finances. The course doesn't cover every detail, but you become more aware of questions to ask and sources of advice and information. If parts of the course are not relevant to your work, you find out what might happen in other councils. If the course doesn't go far enough, it remains a useful introduction to core principles.

What will you learn?

The easy to use programme can be studied in your own time whilst you find your feet in your new role. The course is in five sections based on the Occupational Standards established by the National Training Strategy in England.

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 Claim your cashback

Individuals registered on the WALC CiLCA training scheme must use this form to claim the £60.00 cashback once registered with SLCC.

CiLCA Training Scheme Cashback Claim

£60.00 will be credit to your council's bank account

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Congratulations to the following Clerks who have passed their CiLCA qualification.

The Certificate in Local Council Administration involves hard studies including the production of a comprehensive portfolio, based upon the running of a local council.

Full list of CiLCA qualified clerks, assistants and councillors

Jane Sands; Ansley Parish Council; North Warwickshire Borough
Dionne Sambrook
Tredington Parish Council
Elizabeth Gilkes
& Janet Blackwell
Long Compton Parish Council
Hannah Robson
Stratford upon Avon Town Council
Beverley Woollaston
Nether Whitacre Parish Council
Barbara Ann Bland
Meriden Parish Council
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David Leigh Hunt
Radford Semele Parish Council

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Jayne Potter
Shipston on Stour Town Council

Graham Day; Atherstone Town Council; North Warwickshire Borough
Sally Oldham; Atherstone Town Council; North Warwickshire Borough
Judith Parry-Evans; Balsall Parish Council; Solihull
Elisabeth Uggerlose; Bidford on Avon Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Karen Parnell; Binton Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Alison Biddle; Bishops Itchington Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Corinne Hill; Bishops Tachbrook Parish Council; Warwick District
Sheila Fennell; Bourton & Draycote Parish Council; Rugby Borough
Lizz Clarke; Brandon & Bretford Parish Council; Rugby Borough
Hilary Goodreid; Chadwick End Parish Council; Solihull
Marie Zizzi; Cheswick Green Parish Council; Solihull
Karen Stevens; Chelmsley Wood Parish Council; Solihull
Karen Parnell; Clifford Chambers & Milcote Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Christine Lord; Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council; Rugby Borough
Karen Parnell; Coughton Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Louise Baudet; Curdworth Parish Council; North Warwickshire Borough
Helen Marczak; Dickens Heath Parish Council; Solihull
Karen Parnell; Exhall Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Sarah Furniss, Ettington Parish Council, Stratford upon Avon District
Neil Millard; Fordbridge Parish Council; Solihull
Sheila Fennell; Frankton Parish Council; Rugby Borough
Corinne Hill; Gaydon Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Kay Worrall; Grandborough Parish Council; Rugby Borough
Karen Parnell; Halford Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Alison Biddle; Harbury Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Georgina Lowe, Kineton Parish Council, Stratford upon Avon District
Susan Humphries; Kingsbury Parish Council; North Warwickshire Borough
Joanne Aske; Kingshurst Parish Council; Solihull
Elaine Priestly; Lapworth Parish Council *DISTINCTION*
Louise Baudet; Lea Marston Parish Council; North Warwickshire Borough
Sheila Fennell; Leamington Hastings Parish Council; Rugby Borough
Eileen Clayton; Leek Wootton & Guys Cliffe Parish Council; Warwick District
Kirsty Buttle; Lighthorne Heath Parish Council; Stratford upon Avon District
Elizabeth Gilkes; Long Compton Parish Council; Stratford upon Avon District
Darryl Armstrong, Loxley Parish Council, Stratford upon Avon District
Karen Meads; Mancetter Parish Council; North Warwickshire Borough
Barbara Ann Bland; Meriden Parish Council; Solihull
Barbara Dent; Monks Kirby Parish Council; Rugby Borough
Beverley Woollaston; Nether Whitacre Parish Council *DISTINCTION*
Nicola Alton, Newton Regis, Seckington & No Mans Heath Parish Council, North Warwickshire Borough
Graham Cooper; Old Milverton & Blackdown Joint Parish Council; Warwick District
Josephine Pharoah; Pailton Parish Council; Rugby Borough
David Leigh-Hunt, Radford Semele Parish Council; Warwick District
Corinne Hill; Radway Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Robert Nash; Royal Leamington Spa Town Council; Warwick District
Olive O'Sullivan; Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, Birmingham
Geoffrey Tooke; Ryton on Dunsmore Parish Council; Rugby Borough
Margaret Cartwright (Shilton); Shilton & Barnacle Parish Council; Rugby Borough
Georgina Beaumont; Shipston on Stour Town Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Jayne Potter, Shipston on Stour Town Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Eleanor Choudry; Shrewley Parish Council; Warwick District
Debbie Carro; Southam Town Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Hannah Robson, Stratford upon Avon Town Council *DISTINCTION*
Sarah Summers; Stratford upon Avon Town Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Julie White; Tanworth in Arden Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Charlotte Kirby; Tidbury Green Parish Council; Solihull
Dionne Sambrooke; Tredington Parish Council; Stratford upon Avon District
Lynda Scriven; Wellesbourne & Walton Joint Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Maria Norman; Weston under Wetherley Parish Council; Warwick District
Jennifer Mason; Whitnash Town Council; Warwick District
Karen Parnell; Wixford Parish Council; Stratford-on-Avon District
Maria Meede, Wolston Parish Council, Rugby Borough