Local Government Administration Advanced Certificate & Diploma

  • Advanced Certificate Program

    The Local Government Administration Advanced Certificate program is a multi-disciplinary program which builds upon the foundation of the Local Government Administration Certificate by enhancing individual knowledge and skills. Through the program students will learn to be more effective in their current and future roles as leaders and change agents in municipalities, regional districts, First Nations governments, improvement districts and related agencies throughout British Columbia.

    The Advanced Certificate program is best suited to students who:

    • Wish to continue their studies beyond the certificate level and enhance their knowledge and skills
    • Are able to take courses offered in a six day residential format (MATI)
    • Have taken other post-secondary courses from Capilano University or another institution that can be considered as for transfer credit

    Students successfully completing the Local Government Administration Advanced Certificate will improve their understanding of current local government issues, public policy development and corporate administration, while also improving their research, communication and management skills. Students will chose among elective courses in local government leaderships, human resources/managing people and community planning in addition to other post-secondary electives from a wide variety of subject areas. All courses in the program can be applied toward the Provincial Board of Examiners certificates.

    The program consists of 8 required courses (24 credits) plus 7 elective courses (21 credits).  At least 8 courses must be in Public Administration - PADM. This program is based upon existing courses currently offered by Capilano University, and at minimum of 8 courses (24 credits) must be completed at Capilano University. Please see Program Requirements for complete details.

    Diploma Program

    The Local Government Administration Diploma program is a multi-disciplinary and applied program which builds on the Local Government Administration Certificate and Advanced Certificate. The diploma is designed for professionals currently working in local government who wish to achieve more in depth understanding, knowledge and skills in the field. The program is designed so that the students can combine their full-time professional responsibilities with part-time undergraduate studies over three to five years.

    Students successfully completing the Local Government Administration Diploma will gain a through understanding of a wide range of local government issues. They will be able to identify, analyze and recommend solutions to workplace challenges while also strengthening their research, communication and management skills. Students will complete all currently offered PADM courses in addition to other post-secondary electives from a wide variety of subject areas.

    The Diploma program is best suited to students who:

    • Wish to continue their studies beyond the certificate level and enhance their knowledge and skills
    • Are able to take courses offered in a six day residential format (MATI)
    • Have taken other post-secondary courses from Capilano University or another institution that can be considered as for transfer credit

    The program consists of 11 required courses (33 credits) and 9 elective courses (27 credits). This program is based upon existing courses which are currently offered by Capilano University. A minimum of 10 courses (30 credits) must be completed at Capilano University. Please see Program Requirements for complete details.

    All courses in the program can be applied toward the Provincial Board of Examiners certificates, which are recognized by local government employers across British Columbia.

    Admission Requirements for the Local Government  Administration Advanced Certificate & Diploma Programs

    • BC Secondary School Graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent OR Mature Student status or permission of the program coordinator; AND
    • Current employment in a municipality, regional district, First Nations government, Improvement District or supporting agency.