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.


one day course will outline the roles and responsibilities of clerks and councillor so that they can work together effectively


Wednesday 19th of September 2018


Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £80.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £160.00 + VAT


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)

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Are you thinking of undertaking the CiLCA 2015 professional qualification? If so, do you know that OALC offer mentoring to support you while you build your portfolio?

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

Trish Ingham currently delivers our mentoring scheme for those who are about to register for the CiLCA 2015 with SLCC. Trish is CiLCA qualified and has 8 years’ experience as Town Clerk and RFO. She is also an experienced Internal Auditor.

The mentoring programme  will consist of 16 hours spread over 8 to 9 months.  There will be an introductory hour and a half which will be supplementary to the main programme and this will be followed by 8 two hourly mentoring sessions (usually one per month) at which a review will be taken of your portfolio work so far and agreement on the work to be completed for the next mentoring session. This work will then culminate in a review of the whole portfolio before submission.

The introductory session will be for all candidates and the mentoring sessions themselves will be for small groups of two - three students, depending on registration, as we have found that students  enjoy working with each other and discussing ideas.

The cost for this is £250 + VAT for member Councils or £500 VAT for non -members.

All sessions take place at Wallingford, OX10 OEG starting 29th Septemeber 2017

CiLCA 2015 must be completed a year after registration and we offer this support to encourage candidates to complete the portfolio within the year

Please contact OALC for more details.


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