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Events, Training & Cilca

Training and Professional Services are an important part of the Associations' support for member councils by offering help to councils wishing to increase their knowledge base and capability. Training is arranged by Yorkshire Local Councils Associations which is the only independent organisation offering specialist advice and information to the parish sector in North, South and West Yorkshire.

Remote training sessions are on the Zoom platform, or from time to time, Microsoft Teams. The courses are usually 1.5 hours in duration, although some topics require longer sessions, 2 hours, 2 1/2 hours, but no more than 3 hours for any remote training session.


We are offering two dates in April, June and one in May for councils to express an interest in having a YLCA Officer provide Whole Council Training at a venue of their choice. (The council will be charged for the number of filled seats on the council, whether all councillors attend or not, although as this is training for all of the members of a council, the idea is that everyone comes along to hear the information and guidance, to build better understanding and cohesion within the authority. The dates are provided in the programme below. The three hour session can be held during the day or the evening. To request this training please contact to get a booking form. Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Once the booking form is received it is a contract between the Council and YLCA. The cost for the training is £37 per person (councillors or officers, ie clerk) if YLCA has to book a venue, or £32.00 per person if the council provides and pays for a venue. We are also open to smaller councils joining together for this training.

The training session will include:

  • Duties, roles and responsibilities of the Council, Chair, Clerk and RFO
  • Legislative powers and duties
  • Meetings and their management
  • Council business including lawful agendas and minutes
  • Delegation to officers and committees
  • The audit regime
  • Transparency Code
  • The council as an employer
  • Data Protection and the UK GDPR overview
  • Any aspect of local council administration that the council needs us to focus on.

YLCA Training Programme

  • YLCA Training Programme April to June 2023 (PDF, 273 Kb)

    YLCA Training Programme April to June 2023

  • Training Programme March 2023 (PDF, 185 Kb)

    March training programme has some new and interesting topics for you to choose from, take a look in the full training programme with registration links included and details below. The clerk and councillor discussion forum sessions will continue FREE OF CHARGE as well as the new Chairs discussion forum sessions.

    March Training information is below:

    The role of the Principal Authority Monitoring Officer (MO) - MOs are the lynchpin of the arrangements for upholding ethical standards in councils, this sessions will identify what effective standards arrangements should look like and the role of the principal authorities in handling complaints about the parish sector councillors.

    Health and Safety in the Workplace-in two parts (must register for both) - each a 3 hour session - interactive sessions aimed to discuss and understand basic elements of health and safety. restricted to 8 delegates so book quickly to avoid disappointment

    Road safety and speeding concerns - this session will cover road safety from a Highways perspective and some of the issues regarding speeding concerns for local councils.

    Real practical tips to get your website accessible (and compliant!) - a highly practical session providing step by step guidance and tips you can use to improve the accessibility of your councils website.

    Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) and Year End procedure.


Training in the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)
Following completion of the basic online course called the Introduction to Local Council Administration provided by the Society of Local Council Clerks, clerks can move on to the CiLCA course.

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Training Partnership (YHRTP) (of which YLCA is the lead partner) provides training for clerks working towards CiLCA. The CiLCA course is being re-planned currently but do note that as a rule, the RTP will only take students who have passed Working With Your Council or the replacement course, Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA).

The next intake of candidates will be mid July 2022 and we will work with that cohort until February 2023. Please contact Sheena Spence, RTP Lead Officer for a copy of the YHRTP Cilca Prospectus 2022.

Finance Training with Parkinson Partnerships

Online Training Opportunities provide by Nimble Training for member councils

Training Booking Form

  • Nimble booking form (MS Word, 123 Kb)

    Please download the Nimble booking form and upon completing send it to You will get a confirmation email once booked onto the training session.

Last updated: Wed, 01 Mar 2023 09:43