Sector Qualifications & Accreditations | HALC

Sector Qualifications & Accreditations

Sector qualifications and accreditations are a useful and important way to improve performance and build capacity in a council.  Such professional development also enables you to formalise and demonstrate your expertise and good practice.

There are three main sector qualifications.  Clerks tend to go straight for the middle one, the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) qualification, as this is appropriately comprehensive as well as being one of the key requirements for a Council being eligible to have the General Power of Competence.

Working in partnership with the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), who administer the qualification, Hampshire ALC host the SLCC four day courses (one day per month, for four months) at least once a year.  Before each round of SLCC courses begins, we run an in-house ‘Introduction to CiLCA’ half day course to help potential candidates to be in a more informed position when starting the SLCC courses.  However, the half-day course is also appropriate for those considering undertaking CiLCA and just want to find out more about what’s involved and to work through a couple of the learning outcomes before committing further.  Booking on the half-day Introduction Course and the CiLCA training can be done by emailing

For those who do not feel ready to undertake CiLCA straight away, there is an online Introduction to Local Council Administration course and for those wishing to develop their studies beyond CiLCA, there is a Certificate of Higher Education in Community Governance: Local Council Management (Level 4), a Foundation Degree in Community Governance (Level 5) and an Honours Degree (Level 6) and postgraduate study.  For more detailed information on all of these qualifications please click on the course name links within the text.

If you would like to discuss undertaking a sector qualification, please contact our training team at

Occupational Standards

"Occupational standards describe what a person needs to do, know and understand in
their job in order to carry out their role in a consistent and competent way"

(UK Standards 2009)

The Occupational Standards for the Chief Officers of Local Councils were agreed by the sector bodies in 2012 and provide a framework for the profession across the range of councils, levels of responsibility and functions. To download the Occupational Standards click here.