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Hertfordshire Association of Parish and Town Councils

Hertfordshire Association of Parish and Town Councils

Carina Helmn

County Officer: Carina Helmn
Kimpton Memorial Hall, Hall
Lane, Kimpton, Hertfordshire
SG4 8RD

Tel: 07956 590094

Each year, HAPTC runs a series of 7x 2-hour morning workshops spaced out at monthly intervals to support clerks and others wishing to gain this important qualification. During the sessions, they receive instruction and explanation to help them to complete their portfolio and then have the time in-between to work on a particular module. Further guidance is always available between these sessions.

The Certification in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) can be taken by anyone, but is primarily aimed at parish and town council clerks.

What are the benefits of the CiLCA?

  • It is a professional qualification for the Parish and Town Council sector
  • Once achieved, it does not have to be re-taken or reviewed
  • It is the most significant, readily accessible and nationally recognised qualification aimed at the local council level officers
  • It is increasingly expected by councils as they recognise that a CiLCA qualified clerk is more likely to have the knowledge and competency required to give them the support the council deserves
  • It develops knowledge, administrative skills, precision of thinking and presentation skills which help a clerk to perform confidently and competently across a range of council tasks, including the important areas of planning and finance
  • It is a significant level 3 qualification (described as like an A level) which helps current council employers and creates employment opportunities
  • A CilCA qualified clerk contributes to the council's eligibility for the General Power of Competence
  • Having a CiLCA qualified clerk helps a council to achieve the Quality or Quality Gold levels of the Local Council Award Scheme.

To assist in the completion of your portfolio, the course is classroom based. You will take part in completing sections whilst at the course and be asked to prepare sections
ready for the next sessions. Our tutors, Jill Jones and Carina Helmn, will always be on hand to help and support is available through the HAPTC office as normal.

In 2017, the course fee per delegate from HAPTC member councils remains at the 2014 rate £220, £440 for non-members, for total course + there is a £250 CiLCA Registration charge. If, for any reason, you are unable to attend a workshop, telephone mentoring is available for those sections missed.

Pre-booking essential
CiLCA 2018:
January 10th (9.30am-12.30pm)
February 14th
March 14th
April 18th
May 9th
June 13th
July 11th (9.30am-3.30pm)
All sessions on a Wednesday from 10am to 12.30pm unless otherwise stated and take place at Kimpton Memorial Hall

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