Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)

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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. 
CiLCA is suitable for all officers working with local Councils. CiLCA is flexible enough to suit candidates from the diversity of local Councils. Are you a Clerk? We recommend that you’re in post for a minimum of 9 months before starting this qualification.


What’s In It For Me?

CiLCA will demonstrate that you have the knowledge, confidence and skills to
  • inform your Council’s activities, its roles and responsibilities 
  • advise on its duties and powers within the law 
  • ensure its compliance with proper financial practices  

What’s In It For My Council?

CiLCA can help you to support your Council to 
  • achieve standards of good practice and procedures 
  • adapt to changing legislation 
  • involve and engage with community 
  • set out its budget and strategy accordingly 
Furthermore, CiLCA qualifies you and your Council in England for the purposes of the Local Council Award Scheme (Quality and Quality Gold) and eligibility to use the General Power of Competence

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 is worth preventing delay. 
Show an interest in your progress.
  •  This is encouraging and demonstrates support. 
 Listen to your advice.
  •  The aim is to improve the Council’s performance.

Steps to CiLCA

  1. Complete the online training needs analysis questionnaire.
  2. Meet with CiLCA tutor to discuss your training plan.
  3. Follow the guidance given by the CiLCA tutor 
  4. Download the portfolio guide to help you study.
  5. Attend at least the first two portfolio training sessions.
  6. Apply to SLCC to take the  CiLCA qualification 
    see intake dates below
  7. Start to submit your portfolio using EMMA.  

How much will it cost?

We run a series of 4 training sessions that covers the whole portfolio, these can be booked at a cost of £35.00 per session.
 From 1st October 2020 the price to take the qualification is £410 (non-vatable).payable to SLCC.
The current re-sit fee is £10 per learning outcome. 
There is no charge for the first referral. 
Download the CiLCA Referral Form 
View more information on referrals in the Referrals Policy 2019.

Portfolio Guide (2021)

For candidates who registered with SLCC after to February 2021

CiLCA Intake Dates

All prospective CiLCA candidates will be registered through the SLCC on the EMMA system in bi-monthly intakes. 
Candidates will have one year from the intake date to complete the CiLCA qualification.

CiLCA Intake dates: 1 February | 1 April | 1 June | 1 August | 1 October | 1 December


Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA)

If you are not quite ready for CiLCA then why not take ILCA...
This Level 2, online sector specific learning tool will support all new Council officers in England and Wales in their roles in the first few months of employment, as well as those aspiring to go on and complete their Level 3 CiLCA qualification. The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the work of a local Council, the Clerk and its Councillors. £99 + VAT for members and non-members.
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CiLCA Qualified Officers

The Certificate in Local Council Administration involves hard studies including the production of a comprehensive portfolio, based on the running of a local council.  Congratulations to the following Officers who passed the CiLCA qualification

Paul Knight - Burton Green
Jane Chatterton - Finham
Barbara Ann Bland Meriden Parish Council
Elizabeth Gilkes & Janet Blackwell Long Compton Parish Council
Beverley Woollaston Nether Whitacre Parish Council
David Leigh Hunt Radford Semele Parish Council

Birmingham City

Olive O'Sullivan

Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council

Sarah Whittaker

New Frankley in Birmingham Parish Council

Coventry City

Jane Chatterton

Finham Parish Council

North Warwickshire Borough

Jane Sands

Ansley Parish Council

Sally Oldham

Atherstone Town Council

Louise Baudet

Curdworth Parish Council

Heather Badham

Fillongley Parish Council

Susan Humphries

Kingsbury Parish Council

Elane Higgins

Mancetter Parish Council

Beverley Woollaston

Nether Whitacre Parish Council

Nicola Alton

Newton Regis, Seckington & No Mans Heath Parish Council

Joan Daniel

Polesworth Parish Council

Rugby Borough

Sheila Fennell

Bourton & Draycote Parish Council

Lindsay Foster

Helen Stewart

Ryton on Dunsmore Parish Council

Stretton on Dunsmore Parish Council

Maria Meede

Wolston Parish Council

Solihull Borough

Marie Zizzi

Cheswick Green Parish Council

Karen Stevens

Chelmsley Wood Parish Council

Helen Marczak

Dickens Heath Parish Council

Neil Millard

Fordbridge Parish Council

Jennifer McDougall

Hockley Heath Parish Council

Barbara Ann Bland

Meriden Parish Council

Charlotte Kirby

Tidbury Green Parish Council

Stratford on Avon District

Vanessa Lowe

Alcester Town Council

Maria Norman

Alderminster Parish Council

Elisabeth Uggerlose

Bidford on Avon Parish Council

Karen Parnell

Binton Parish Council

Alison Biddle

Bishops Itchington Parish Council

Sarah Furniss

Ettington Parish Council

Georgina Lowe

Kineton Parish Council

Kirsty Buttle

Lighthorne Heath Parish Council

Debbie Carro

Southam Town Council

Sarah Summers

Stratford on Avon Town Council

Susan Bauckham

Tanworth in Arden Parish Council

Julie White

Tanworth in Arden Parish Council

Lynda Scriven

Wellesbourne & Walton Joint Parish Council

Warwick District

Corinne Hill

Bishops Tachbrook Parish Council

Robert Nash

Cawston Parish Council

Maggie Field

Kenilworth Town Council

Elaine Priestly

Lapworth Parish Council

Helen Eldridge

Graham Cooper

Leek Wootton & Guys Cliffe Parish Council

Old Milverton & Blackdown Joint Parish Council

David Leigh-Hunt

Radford Semele Parish Council

Katherine Geddes

Royal Leamington Spa Town Council

Eleanor Choudry

Shrewley Parish Council

Hannah Watts

Stoneleigh and Ashow Parish Council

Jennifer Mason

Whitnash Town Council