Local Government Administration Certificate Program

  • For over 20 years and with over 700 graduates, Capilano University's Local Government Administration Certificate program has been highly valued by those working for and with local governments across BC and their employers.

    There are four core courses and one elective course in the program, and most students complete their Local Government Administration Certificate in two years, taking one or two courses per term. The four core courses are listed below. For details on program and course content, see Core Course Descriptions, Program Brochure and Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 courses.  

    • PADM 200 - Local Government Administration in British Columbia
    • PADM 201 - Local Government Services in British Columbia
    • PADM 202 - Local Government Finance in British Columbia
    • PADM 203 - Municipal Law in British Columbia

    The only program of its kind in BC, all our courses are in-person, interactive seminars. As a result, our students:

    • become more knowledgeable and effective staff members, managers, leaders, and change agents within their organizations;
    • gain a broader understanding of local government in British Columbia;
    • develop new skills they can apply right away;
    • learn from and network with local government colleagues; and
    • meet many of the leaders in the field of local government.

    After obtaining their Local Government Administration Certificate, many of our graduates choose to pursue further advancement opportunities such as:

    • Certificates from the Provincial Board of Examiners. For details see Provincial Board of Examiners
    • Certified Municipal Clerk designation through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. For details see International Institute of Municipal Clerks
    • Advanced Certificate or Diploma in Local Government Administration from Capilano University
    • Degrees through other post-secondary institutions



    Local Government Administration Certificate - 15 credits


    Admission Requirements for the Local Government Administration Certificate Program  

    • 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.

    Program Requirements  

    The four core courses (PADM 200, PADM 201, PADM 202 and PADM 203) provide 12 of the 15 credits required for the Certificate in Local Government Administration. To graduate, students will have to complete one additional three-credit post secondary course (such as a MATI course, PADM 209, PADM 305, PADM 306 or PADM 307). Please see Program Requirements for complete details. Students who have previously taken other university courses, may apply to have three of those credits transferred towards the Certificate in Local Government Administration. The Registrar’s Office must be provided with official transcripts and a copy of transcripts must be sent to Alison McNeil, Program Chair. All transfer requests are assessed on a case by case basis.