SSALC CiLCA Programme

SSALC has put together a training and support programme to help students studying the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA).

Achieving CiLCA is highly valuable, not only for a clerk’s professional development but for the local council and their community. This nationally recognised qualification is one of the first steps for a council to become eligible to use special powers bestowed by Government such as the General Power of Competence (GPC). Councils with the GPC no longer need to worry that they are acting beyond their powers, as the GPC (Localism Act 2011 s1(1)) gives local authorities, including eligible local councils, “the power to do anything that individuals generally may do” as long as they don’t break other laws. It is a ‘power of first resort’; this means that when searching for a power to act, the first question you ask is whether you can use the GPC. CiLCA not only provides the council with greater powers, it provides a practical way for the clerk to gain more confidence through a recognised qualification.


It would be advisable for a student to have worked with or had access to a council for a minimum of six months.

The portfolio required to achieve a CiLCA qualification builds on foundations that may already be in place as part of the day to day work in the council office. So whilst completing CiLCA can seem daunting at first, the SSALC’s CiLCA training & support programme gives practical advice for students to understand what is required to complete their CiLCA portfolio and to embark on an independent learning and development experience.

To ensure that you are supported whilst doing the training you will be asked to complete a learning agreement setting out the expectation of the trainer, student and employer. A copy will be issued by the trainers for you to complete and bring with you to your first training session.

The CiLCA Programme offers

Training events
One full day group session where trainers will run through with students how to complete the portfolio, hints and tips for completing each unit and useful information regarding registration & submission. This session will take place at a venue central to East/West Sussex & Surrey. Refreshments provided.

One to one email support for 12 months (following the training day) where students can email mentors with any questions or draft units/learning outcomes. You will be encouraged to network with other students to enable group networking discussions and the sharing of ideas. Mentors may be included in group discussions if students wish.

This training & support package costs £320 per student*

Trainers and Mentors

In some counties there are separate trainers and mentors for CiLCA support, in Sussex and Surrey’s case your trainers and mentors are the same, they are –

Isabelle Mouland BA (Hons)
CiLCA Programme Leader, has CiLCA, and BA Hons in Community Governance 

Pauline Whitehead BA (Hons) FSLCC
Parish Clerk & RFO to North Horsham Parish Council.
Has CiLCA and BA Hons in Community Engagement and Governance 

All queries to be sent to:

*Please note that this does not include the CiLCA registration fee payable to SLCC, please visit their website for details If you will be enrolling on to our CiLCA Programme it is very important that you do not register to take CiLCA with the SLCC yet, we will advise when to do this.