Training & Events

Our training courses are becoming increasingly popular and are often fully booked well in advance. 

Please complete your online booking as soon as you can. Telephone or email bookings will NOT be accepted.


GDPR - progress in implementation


Wednesday 17th of October 2018


Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £40.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £80.00 + VAT


NALC national conference


Tuesday 30th of October 2018


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Stadium Way, West Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £0.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £0.00 + VAT


This half day training event for clerks and councillors has been specially designed for member councils who want to respond appropriately to planning applications which come before them.


Thursday 15th of November 2018


Committee Rooms 1 and 2, Woodgreen Office, West Oxfordshire District Council, Witney OX28 1NB

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £40.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £80.00 + VAT

Other Training Opportunities

1. Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA)

ILCA is an online sector specific learning tool. 

The cost is £99 + VAT. To find out more and to register go to the Society of Local Council Clerks website

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the work of a local council, its councillors and the clerk.  The course is in five sections:

1. The Core Roles establishes your place in local government and the duties and responsibilities of the council as a corporate body, individual councillors, the chairman and the clerk. It examines the role of the clerk more closely including the clerk as a researcher, administrator and manager. It stresses good communication skills and the use of information and communications technology.

2. Law and Procedures establishes the council’s legal framework including duties, powers and other statutory requirements. It introduces agendas, minutes, meeting procedures, and the value of standing orders, delegation and committee structures. We note election processes, the standards framework and the need to keep up to date with legislation.

3. Finance introduces the role of the Responsible Financial Officer and proper financial practices, accounts, financial procedures and accounting regulations. We consider budgeting, the precept, audits, insurance, income generation and the management of risk.

4. Management establishes the role of the council and its officers in planning, managing, funding and reviewing projects, services, assets and facilities. It provides guidance on managing staff, contracts and the performance of the council as a whole, stressing the need for on-going training and development.

5. Community is the heart of the matter. You identify community needs and plans; you engage with the planning system and get to know the community well. We introduce community representation, engagement, empowerment and support. We stress partnership working, public relations and raising the council's profile in the community.



2. Certificate in Local Council Administration 2015 (CILCA)

Are you thinking of undertaking the CiLCA 2015 professional qualification? 

Please note all submissions for Cilca after June 2017 will only be accepted via EMMA on line submission.



For 2018 SLCC are delivering a mentoring programme starting in September. The course will be run by Sam Shippen, Town Clerk, Bicester Town Council. The SLCC course comprises 4 days and the agreed dates for Bicester are 3rd September, 3rd October, 28th November and 10th December. Cost £340 +VAT

The details are on the SLCC website

The CiLCA fee is going up from £250 to £350 from October 1st 2018.  The Improvement and Development Board has agreed to the increase which reflects a significant increase in costs over the last two years.  This includes an increase in fees for Ascentis, the cost of improving EMMA, the employment of two more assessors, and additional 'Train the Trainer' courses.  It is also designed to take into account developments taking place in the immediate future required by Ascentis, including the quality assurance of training.  

CiLCA 2015 must be completed a year after registration.



3. Community Governance

Community Governance is an advanced qualification for local council officers.  At Level 4 in the national framework, it builds on CiLCA and leads to a Certificate of Higher Education in Community Governance: Local Council Management.  This award is recognised in law as a qualification for clerks.

It is tailored specifically to the needs of local council officers.  It is a distance learning programme starting on 1st February 2018.  The teaching team is made up of experienced practitioners.  

More information on the SLCC website here