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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 dates 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

The July – September Training Programme is attached for information. Please note the 'Developing your Skills Training Day' to be held on the 27 July, at the Bluebell Suite, Dodworth, Barnsley, which will be a fantastic event with lots of topics for discussion available. The places for the day are limited so please book early. To register for the training day email for a booking form.

  • YLCA Training Programme May to June 2023 (PDF, 227 Kb)

    The May to June Training Programme is attached for information. Please also note it includes the dates of the June Branch meetings, which will be held face to face.

    There are several topics to choose from and Discussion Forum sessions that are Free of Charge.

    Please follow the guidance to book a place on a training session.


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. If they want to be absolutely prepared for Cilca, they can do the ILCA to CiLCA bridging course provided by SLCC. Details are on the SLCC website.

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Training Partnership (YHRTP) (of which YLCA is the lead partner) provides training for clerks working towards CiLCA in Yorkshire. Generally, the RTP takes candidates that have completed the Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA).

The next intake of candidates will be September 2023. Please contact Sheena Spence, RTP Lead Officer for a copy of the YHRTP Cilca Prospectus 2023.

Finance Training with Parkinson Partnerships

Online Training Opportunities provide by Nimble Training for member councils

Training Booking Form

  • Nimble booking form (MS Word, 128 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: Tue, 23 May 2023 11:50