CiLCA - Certificate in Local Council Administration


The National Training Strategy has developed a customised qualification for the sector, the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA).


This core skills qualification is awarded to those who submit a portfolio of evidence, within 24 months of registering, demonstrating the skills they have in local council administration.


For further information please visit the NALC website.

Role of the Parish Clerk

Becoming a Clerk to a Parish or Town Council is one of the most rewarding jobs in a local community - a competent Clerk underpins a good Council.

The role of Clerk is to ensure that the Council as a whole conducts its business properly and to provide independent, objective and professional advice and support.

Being a Clerk puts you in the centre of things

Parish Councils are part of local government District/ Borough councils.

The County Council is responsible for strategic services such as highways, education, libraries social services, strategic planning and refuse disposal.

District councils are responsible for local services including housing, local planning and refuse collection.

The Parish and Town councils in the county are often viewed as the part of government closest to the people. They are the only local government tier that represents residents at parish level.

Importantly Parish Councils can "Precept" - raising a council tax each year to improve facilities and services for local people.

All Parish Council meetings are open to the public. They are led by the Council's Chairman and advised by a Clerk who is there to see that business is conducted within the law.

Overall Responsibilities

The Clerk will be totally responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council in connection with its function as a Local Authority are carried out.

The Clerk will be the Responsible Financial Officer and responsible for all financial records of the Council and the careful administration of its finances.

Specific Responsibilities

To monitor and balance the Council's accounts and prepare records for audit purposes and VAT.

To prepare, in consultation with appropriate members, agendas for meetings of the Council and Committees. To attend such meetings and prepare minutes for approval.     

To attend all meetings of the Council and all meetings of its committees and sub-committees.

To receive and report on invoices for goods and services to be paid for by the Council and to ensure such accounts are met. To issue invoices on behalf of the Council for goods and services and to ensure payment is received.

To draw up both on his/her own initiative and as a result of suggestions by Councillors proposals for consideration by the Council and to advise on practicability and likely effects of specific courses of action.

To act as the representative of the Council as required.

To prepare, in consultation with the Chairman, press releases about the activities of, or decisions of, the Council.

To continue to acquire the necessary professional knowledge required for the efficient management of the affairs of the Council:   Suggested is membership of your professional body The Society of Local Council Clerks.