Training is an integral part of the successful and innovative parish and town council. Training helps councils reach their full potential, giving them knowledge; skills; competencies; best practice; legal guidance.

It shows a commitment on the part of the members and staff of a Parish/Town/Community Council to the professionalism of that Council.

The EALC has a long and successful record in training Clerks, Chairmen, Councillors, and other officers, which it is justly proud. Training is aimed at people new to the Parish & Town Council Tier and those within it who require refresh training, whether purely to update their skill set or as the result of changes in legislation.

We deliver courses drawn up by the National Training Strategy (NTS), locally drawn up bespoke courses, workshops, and conferences on a wide variety of topics aimed at meeting the needs of the members. We also offer Courses which are certificated by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) on topics including Risk Assessment and Health & Safety.

We believe that it is important for the sector that training should be undertaken in a variety of forms, interactive, facilitative etc.  To see our current training sessions go to the link at the bottom of the page.  If a particular course is not listed please contact the office as the EALC also run Short Courses tailored to meet the needs of an individual Council.

The value of networking between attendees at training should not be underestimated. We can all learn new ways of getting involved and helping our communities.  This in itself dispels the misconception that a small council means a council doesn’t do much!  

We provide training on how to undertake the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA), encouraging Clerks to progress their knowledge under Continuous Professional Development (CPD). 

Essex frequently resides in the top three County Associations in terms of number of CiLCA passes and Quality Parish Councils. We are proud to say that we have recently achieved 125 passes in the CiLCA 2013 module, 2 passes in the CiLCA 2015 module and currently have 45 Councils in Essex awarded Quality Status of which 36 have reaccredited.

 For further information please contact the Training Officer Pearl Willcox

Calendar of Events 2018


EALC is committed to its programme of events; however, these may be subject to alteration due to unforeseen circumstances.

In addition, flyers will be sent out for the Essex Equals, as Courses are arranged, along with any other Courses for which a need arises.

BOOKING FORM in PDF and in Word for all courses

Please send booking forms to

LATEST Course Calendar - updated regularly so please keep checking! 


November Courses -
Councillor Training Day 1 - 14th
Councillor Training Day 2 - 22nd
December Courses -
Chairmans Training Short Course - 2nd

Training for Councillors Click here for flyer 

Qualifications for Clerks Click here for flyer


Essex Clerks Bursary - Flyer - Form

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