Continuing & Professional Education

Local Authority Administration (NACLAA I)

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Our instruc­tors are aca­d­e­mics and prac­ti­tion­ers from across the coun­try who are experts in their field

This is a long-run­ning and award-win­ning pro­gram that con­sists of two ful­ly online cer­tifi­cates: NACLAA Lev­el I and NACLAA Lev­el II (pri­mar­i­ly designed for munic­i­pal admin­is­tra­tors hold­ing or aspir­ing to high­er-lev­el positions).

Cours­es in both cer­tifi­cates focus on con­cepts, struc­tures, and process­es that define local gov­ern­ment admin­is­tra­tion. Stu­dents are pro­vid­ed with the the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal knowl­edge that is essen­tial for suc­cess work­ing in local author­i­ty admin­is­tra­tion. Our instruc­tors are aca­d­e­mics and prac­ti­tion­ers from across the coun­try who are experts in their field.

The NACLAA Lev­el I pro­gram is suit­ed for entry to medi­um-lev­el munic­i­pal admin­is­tra­tors who are inter­est­ed in pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and career advance­ment. Indi­vid­u­als who are explor­ing career options in local gov­ern­ment or tran­si­tion­ing into the field would also find this pro­gram advantageous.


The pro­gram is very rel­e­vant to munic­i­pal operations.

Nation­al Advanced Cer­tifi­cate in Local Author­i­ty Admin­is­tra­tion Lev­el I student

The pro­gram gave me new insight into how inter­con­nect­ed every­thing is in the munic­i­pal world, how it all works together.

Local Authority Administration (NACLAA I) Certificate student

The course­work was very relat­able. I found that all of the cours­es were applic­a­ble to my day-to-day func­tion at work.

Nation­al Advanced Cer­tifi­cate in Local Author­i­ty Admin­is­tra­tion Lev­el I student

Gain a broader understanding and explore theories of the local government structure and its policies and procedures.

Identify and analyze community issues relevant to Canadian municipalities.

Build knowledge and enhance skills in critical areas such as finance, leadership, municipal law, sustainability, and public administration.

Network with municipal administrators from across the country, sharing experiences and ideas either online or in person.

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in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA I)
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  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 2 years
  • Pay as you go
  • Currently open for enrolment

Only interested in taking a course? You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program – browse our Local Authority Administration (NACLAA I) courses. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Certificate as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to earn the cer­tifi­cate. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or two courses. 

Expe­ri­ence in munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment is con­sid­ered an asset.

The NACLAA Level I program is comprised of five core courses (39 hours each) and 117 instructional hours of electives, for a total of 312 instructional hours. Designed for part-time study, it can generally be completed within two to three years.

Local Government and Public Administration Professionalism are recommended as the first courses in NACLAA Level I. There is no recommended order for the remaining courses. Electives can be taken at any time throughout the program, provided that their prerequisites are met.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate.

Your program requirements

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

Apply for Your Credential

To qualify for program completion you are required to submit a request to obtain your credential. For a breakdown of details and how to qualify, visit the program completion page.

If you have suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed a course from a rec­og­nized post-sec­ondary insti­tu­tion with­in the last eight years that is applic­a­ble to the NACLAA Lev­el I pro­gram, you may request a course exemp­tion.

Stu­dents who hold the Cer­tifi­cate in Man­i­to­ba Munic­i­pal Admin­is­tra­tion (CMMA) or the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regina’s Cer­tifi­cate in Local Gov­ern­ment Author­i­ty (CLGA) will receive trans­fer cred­its toward the NACLAA Lev­el I certificate.

Accred­i­ta­tion Oppor­tu­ni­ty: CLGM designation

Com­ple­tion of both NACLAA pro­grams (Lev­el I and Lev­el II) ful­fills the edu­ca­tion­al require­ments for the Cer­ti­fied Local Gov­ern­ment Man­ag­er (CLGM) des­ig­na­tion in Alberta. 

The CLGM is con­ferred by the Soci­ety of Local Gov­ern­ment Man­agers (SLGM), the pro­fes­sion­al orga­ni­za­tion that reg­u­lates the prac­tices of local gov­ern­ment man­agers and ensures its mem­bers act in the local government’s best pos­si­ble interest.

Con­sult with the SLGM pri­or to enrolling in any of our elec­tive in-class cours­es to make sure that they meet the require­ments for the CLGM pro­fes­sion­al des­ig­na­tion. For exam­ple, note that our EXL­DR in-class elec­tive cours­es do not meet the cur­rent course require­ments for the CLGM designation. 

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
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Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
William F. Lede and Ernest Newman Memorial Bursaries 

Students who are enrolled or preparing to enrol in the Applied Land Use Planning Certificate, Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I or Level II programs

$1,000 and $800 annually
Chairman’s Scholarship 

Students who are enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I program

$800 annually
50th Anniversary Scholarship 

Students who are enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I program

$800 annually

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